The Evil Dead remake is due in cinemas next week and it got me thinking about the extraordinary fuss the original film caused back in the 1980s. Here I reveal some of the bizarre censor's notes from the time...

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by downskydown

    on 5 Aug 2013 00:02

    What a trip through memory lane! I was about 15 when the video was initially banned. My father (dedicated Daily Mail reader) was always ranting about video nasties. To my delight a friend managed to get hold of a copy. We bunked off school and met in McDonalds in a state of great excitement and rebellion. Shortly after leaving we realised we had left the precious tape on the table. We ran back but it was gone. I had to wait about another decade before I managed to see it.

    What always confused me about censorship of films was that there was nothing to stop anyone buying some pretty gruesome and explicit horror books. So why was it ok to read it but not watch it?

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by UltraViolence1972

    on 19 Apr 2013 23:32

    Love this. The video nasties era is something I've always taken a keen interest in despite being born much later than when the scandal hit. Evil Dead is one of my favourite horror movies with ED2 being right up there too. BBFC is pretty outdated because if someone wants to see something that isn't released or has been heavily cut, where do they go? Yep, piracy via torrents and streaming websites. The storm that was kicked up with The Human Centipede 2 for example, just boosted peoples interests in what was for me, and many others an atrocious film. Lets face it, BBFC releasing the details of a banned film or heavily cut film is the best PR for a director these days and people will hunt down and import if they have to. A serbian film was another infamous film where BBFC banning just made people more interested in. Both are now released, albeit with cuts but even then, everyone I know who's seen the films have seen them uncut by one means or another. I love horror and extreme cinema. I enjoy watching them. I do avoid certain scenes that are a bit much for me and would never watch some of the pretentious twaddle people spout out for shock value but I would really appreciate it if BBFC would leave me, a 21 year old ADULT to make that decision for myself.

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by The Phantom Librarian

    on 15 Apr 2013 16:24

    After watching this vlog and listening to your interview with Fede I approached the remake with more than a little trepidation. Sitting front and center the film washed over him in varying hues of blood red and black humor. I'll be interested to hear your views on the film itself - I found it to be a worthy reimagining of the original. Like the reimagining of 'Battlestar Galactica', this remake takes the original story of Sam Raimi's classic and spins it in completely new directions with new scares and a far more even tone. Regarding Raimi's earlier comment that 'The Evil Dead' was "the three stooges with blood and splatter" I think that the good Mr. Raimi is confusing the original with 'Evil Dead II'. 'The Evil Dead' was a horror movie first and only had incidental black humor (the musical score in the basement, Ash's unbelievable inability to extricate himself from shelves, etc.) whereas 'Evil Dead' is singular in purpose. Although I am understandably expecting you, the good doctor, to bash this film as another senseless remake and differ his audience to watch the original uncut movie I do hold out hope that the high production values, stark scares, and unremittingly bleak atmosphere will win you over. I found it ferociously bloody and fun.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by I_am_I

    on 14 Apr 2013 15:48

    But Mark, I have to take issue with you. After the interview with Fede, you quoted Raimi as saying that the original Evil Dead is "the three stooges with blood and splatter", with heavy emphasis on the comedy. Yet during the interview with Fede you barely mentioned this important fact to him, even though Fede said he was more interested in the terror aspect. We all know what you're going to say about the remake: by Fede's own admission it will bare little resemblance to the original. Not only that, but you've said in the past that you never understand directors who remake something they love. If you love the Evil Dead so much, why remake it? What the hell is the point of remaking something that was already perfect? Evil Dead, case in point. So however much you admire Sam Raimi, isn't it time you called him a sell out? Because if he's on board with this remake, he is a sell out. It's just yet another cynical, money-grabbing, nondescript, generic remake and Sam really should be ashamed of himself.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by I_am_I

    on 14 Apr 2013 15:38

    Mark, I waited for the punchline, and boy, was it worth it! So reading out the BBFC cuts to the Evil Dead is itself too graphic and had to be cut. Ironic doesn't even cut it. Just awesome.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by bux500

    on 12 Apr 2013 14:14

    Cuts in Film are very interesting. My favorite film, a Singaporean film called 15 directed by Royston Tan was banned in Singapore, but was allowed after 27 cuts were taken to it including a shot of a penis, drug use, violence and suicide scenes. So annoyed was Royston Tan his next film was called Cut in which the main male character meets a woman from the Singaporean Film Classicfication Board in a supermarket. He then follows her around listing all the films the board made cuts to and how many cuts taken to each one. Its worth watching, its funny and very interesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JdfPl_TYHo

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 12 Apr 2013 11:45

    @ invisiblekid - "kid" being the word. They always say "don't argue with idiots", but in your case I'll make an exception - even though you laughably use the sentence "I can't remember the last film that was seriously cut by the BBFC"!!

    Just because the modern BBFC is more lenient than the old BBFC doesn't make it any less condescending. Just look at the uncut version of A Serbian Film and tell me why adults shouldn't be allowed to watch the version NOT butchered by the UK censor (see first paragraph). Go on, find it and watch it. Then watch a copy of The Bunny Game (easily found) and tell me why it's been refused a certificate entirely, even though the actress involved was also the producer and writer and co-driving force of the material. Nothing she did was forced on her, it was of her own choosing, but the BBFC still peddle this ridiculous theory that on-screen sexual violence propagates the act in society. Utter crap! If a sexual deviant wishes to kidnap a woman and torture her, he'll do it anyway, not because some abysmal American indie shock film put the idea in his head. It's why I used the ZDT example. If the viewer is that suggestible to criminal acts, why not cut scenes of torture, or methods of murder, or crime in general, as well as these scenes of sexual violence? Understand now??

    Oh and please explain to me why The House On The Edge Of The Park is still censored here for reasons of "a blade tracing over a naked woman", yet the exact same threat is passed uncut in a scene from Lamberto Bava's Demons?

    That's your BBFC for you. Now who's living in a cave? Just because Kermode lets them off the hook, doesn't mean you have to blindly follow him like the back end of a pantomime cow.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by jasterixstrange

    on 12 Apr 2013 09:35

    @31 Invisiblekid ... although those previous posters attempts at making a point are a little misguided your view is also very wrong. Look at extreme movies like The Human Centipede 2, Murder Set Pieces, A Serbian Film, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls, August Underground, etc. All these are still cut or banned by the BBFC because they don't trust us the people with the content. Anyone old enough may remember a film called Evil Ed that makes this point nice and simple ... what makes the censors so special that they get to see the full cuts of these movies and what makes them even more special that they get to decide what we can and cannot see?
    Yes, the BBFC are improving; but yes, they are also still ruining films because they don't trust us the people with the content. If you can't see this happening then you're not paying enough attention.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by invisiblekid

    on 11 Apr 2013 21:39

    @ 22 & 23.

    Just what the hell? You bleat on about how the BBFC ruin your films and yet all the ones you mention are old (in the admittedly awful BBFC days) then in 23's case compare them to the modern day BBFC and Zero Dark Thirty in which you seem to complain they have not cut it.

    Just when was the last film you saw was ruined by the BBFC?!? I cant remember the last film that was seriously cut by the BBFC. All I recall is the self certification done by the studios to get a 15 or 12A rating.

    You clear have issues with censorship but appear to be living in a cave.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by R E ffolkes

    on 11 Apr 2013 19:16

    @26 Cheers Harry and well spotted, gotta thank the guys at the Midnight Video podcast(sadly now defunct I think) for giving me the idea though ! You should watch NSH as the character is a lot of fun.
    And I'm sure somebody else had tagged themselves with the actors name of the character Romero from Carpenters Escape from New York and was also the gang leader in Assault on P13, or maybes I was being too obscure for my own good !!

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