Films that Never Received an Uncut Release

The following is a list of films that never received an official release in their uncut forms, or "director's cut" if you will. While it is widely known that director's rarely have "final cut" on their film, they hopefully get to release their preferred version out of the material that was shot, without interference from a studio or the MPAA. This list includes films in which a director completed their preferred cut of the film, but this version was ultimately compromised to obtain a specific rating or appease producers. In some cases, the cut footage was lost, but in others, the footage exists on home video releases in other countries or the money has not been spent to re-insert it back into the film. Some of these films received uncut releases on VHS in America, but I've included all films that have not received an uncut release on either DVD or Blu-ray in the US.

Most of the information gathered to formulate this list was taken from the trivia section on IMDb, Wikipedia or

This is a growing list so if you can think of a title I left out then feel free to leave a comment and I will add. When a film is added or removed it will be noted here:

09/01/17 - Removed Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
08/02/17 - Added Exterminator 2 (1984)
07/31/17 - Added Slaughterhouse Rock (1988)
07/20/17 - Added Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
07/07/17 - Added Dawn of the Dead (2004)
05/02/17 - Added Black Mask (1996), Supercop (1992), Supercop 2 (1993) and Shatter (1974)
11/18/16 - Added 31 (2016)
06/06/16 - Added Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
05/31/16 - Added Nighthawks (1981)
04/07/16 - Added Hisss (2010)
02/29/16 - Added The House on Sorority Row (1983)
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31 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. (102 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Shortly before Christmas, Rob Zombie announced that his new horror movie 31 was rated NC-17 by the MPAA (for sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language). Of course, that is a bad rating if you want to make money with it in cinemas, so cuts were made to obtain the "R". But lo and behold, the cut version was still rated NC-17.

What now? Well, more cuts, of course. And third time's the charm, it seems, since the MPAA has now given its "R" blessing for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

It's unknown at this point how much this version deviates from the uncut one but fans most likely wonder more about the question whether that initial NC-17 version would see the light of day on home cinema. And indeed, Rob Zombie answered a fan's question that this would be the case. ” - mysteriousbluebox
8MM (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not. (123 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ 8MM, Joel Schumacher's controversial thriller about the snuff and porn movie industry, is also one of the evergreens among the discussion topics regarding censorship. Besides some allegations that there was a slightly longer version of the movie in German cinemas, it is certain that the movie was cut and the original version has never been released. Especially many sex scenes, often hardcore, that could be seen in background had to go, but some violence like the throat cutting was affected too. A workprint is in existence, it is supposed to be significantly more explicit, but is of course not an official version and in terrible quality.

The fact that there is no uncensored release to this day is even worse when keeping in mind that Sony, holding the rights to the movie, produced a very shallow DTV sequel in 2005, which was then available in both R-Rated and Unrated releases. Again, the movie seems to have been made too early. However, Sony should really know that fans want the full version of the original and not low quality sequels. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Alien³ (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Much like the first Alien (1979) movie, Alien 3 also had problems with negative reactions of audience who saw rough cut of the movie in early test screenings and were horrified from all the scenes of gore and violence. Because of this and also to avoid NC-17 rating by MPAA, Alien 3 was heavily cut. Some of the graphic scenes that were deleted from rough cut which is said to be 3 hours long include; Longer and more disturbing version of Newt's autopsy scene, close ups of melted face of prisoner who gets hit with Alien's acid and some gore was cut from scene where he falls into giant fan, bloodier version of Clemens' death scene and some parts from final chase and fight between prisoners and Alien.

An “assembly cut” was put together for the 2003 DVD release of the film which included an extra 31 minutes of content, but these censored scenes were not included in the cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter. (116 mins.)
“ After Billy Bob Thornton completed his cut (said to be somewhere between three and four hours), producer/distributor Harvey Weinstein forced him to cut more than another hour from it. Peter Biskind suggests in his book Down and Dirty Pictures (2004) that this was at least partially done as payback for Thornton's refusal to cut Sling Blade (1996).

Thornton's cut had an effect on the storytelling. Matt Damon publicly criticized Weinstein's decision, saying to Entertainment Weekly, "You can't cut 35% of the movie and expect it to be the same movie."

In 2014, Billy Bob Thornton told Entertainment Weekly that the rumors of his original cut being somewhere in between 3 to 4h long were incorrect, but that his cut was 2:42h. He also mentioned that he still is in possession of his original version.

Some attempts have been made to release a director's cut DVD, but arrangements cannot be reached with the composer of the film's music, Daniel Lanois. As part of the re-cut, Weinstein scrapped the original score and hired Marty Stuart. Lanois felt insulted, and has steadfastly refused to license his score (which, unusually, he owns) to any release of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ The film was edited to receive an "R" rating in the U.S. The love scene with David and Jenny was toned down. Food coming through Jack's mouth as he was eating toast was also removed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Avengers (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine. (89 mins.)
“ Warner Brothers greenlit the film largely on the strength of a star-packed cast and their appreciation of Jeremiah Chechik's work on Diabolique (1996) and were horrified when seeing what the first cut was like. The first screening took place in front of a "largely Spanish-speaking, working class" audience in Phoenix, AZ who hated the film; the studio then forced Chechik to cut many of his favorite scenes and conduct reshoots; and the final cut went from 115 to 89 minutes and was completely incoherent. The studio even refused to hold further test screenings, or to have an official premiere before the film's August 1998 release. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ The Avengers was actually submitted twice and received an R-rating both times, before Whedon finally made the appropriate edits.

Says Feige of the scene that got them into hot water: "Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues."

The scene in which Agent Coulson is killed by Loki with his scepter was originally too graphic and bloody to warrant a PG-13. In the theatrical release version, you don't see Loki impale Coulson, but you do see the aftermath and the blade sticking out of his chest briefly. Even that proved to be too much for some countries, who digitally edited out the blade entirely and the stabbing is left to the imagination. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Everyone's favorite mad scientist Herbert West is currently in jail after having state's evidence turned against him by his former assistant... (96 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
“ The DVD release was edited to obtain an R rating instead of an NC-17. The following scenes were censored but can be found on DVD in other countries.

- When Speedball ODs on the re-agent, he sits up and his eyeball pops out.

- When he explodes, we see him open his shirt and his stomach spew out. (On the DVD, the shot lingers on West up until Speedball's guts are already halfway through the air.)

- When the Doctor Phillips is battling with Laura, a few of the shots where he starts hacking at her neck are trimmed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Big Boss (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear. (100 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
“ It seems as if every other movie fan hearing the movie title The Big Boss (or Fists of Fury) can only think of the scene with the saw. The hysteria and hype regarding that scene over the years can hardly be described. The thread about this one scene in our (German) forums is 31 pages long and consists of more than 450 posts. And there are more threads like ours out there... Movie zealots have been on a mission to find this scene for years, traveling all over the globe and buying exotic releases. So far to no avail, every lead dissolved after a while. Besides some archive pictures, no footage seems to exist. But what is this about, anyway?

It is known that Bruce Lee made movie history mostly with four (finished) Kung Fu movies. His breakthrough came with The Big Boss, instantly making him a star in Hongkong. However, the movie was already cut during the post production because of the – especially considering the time – sometimes extremely violent scenes. The most obvious of these cuts can be found during the fight in a barn in the industry complex. Bruce picks up a saw, raises his hand to strike against an opponents head, and – cut! This is made so obviously that even viewers not interested in cut versions and the like get confused, the atmosphere suffers immensely. This blatancy is certainly a main reason for the slightly exaggerated hype about the scene, such a cut just makes people curious. However, as mentioned already, this scene is not the only one that was cut, and even when excluding the scenes that were removed during post production, there is not a single release of the movie which includes every scene. Especially the final fight was censored locally in many variations.

It seems highly unlike that a completely uncut version will ever be released. There are as many rumors that a collector somewhere still owns the complete version as there are statements that it is lost forever. A complete and remastered release in high definition would of course be a very nice treat, but movie fans should still get one of the many other acceptable releases. Even 15 years of discussions and research have not yielded anything so far. If the story does have a surprise positive ending, everybody will certainly know very quickly about it. However, until that happens it might be a good idea to just let it be for the moment... ” - mysteriousbluebox
Black & White (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd. (98 mins.)
Director: James Toback
“ The U.S. version was cut from its original NC-17 rating to be re-rated R. The R-rated version has several shots of a girl's naked ass deleted, the two girls kissing is reduced, and the girl rubbing the other girl's nipple has been reduced. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Black Mask (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Lee
“ An English version similar to the Hong Kong version was produced for export (featured on the Spanish DVD), but BMG and Artisan decided to make their own. Whilst only occasionally replacing music on the UK release, Artisan commissioned a brand-new English Hip Hop soundtrack – therefore, removing any reference to the original (despite using excerpts from it in their trailers). Despite a tendency of trimming non-action scenes, the Artisan and BMG versions not only contain all gory content, but also some non-violent scenes not found in any other version:

- Tsui Chik looking for Inspector Shek.
- A few shots of Black Mask's hide-out.
- Inspector Shek advicing Yeuk Lan to seek Tsui Chik. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magical powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl and strange things start to happen. (94 mins.)
Director: Seth Holt
“ The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a shot of George Coulouris being struck across the face by male nurse James Cossins as there was public concern about the treatment of mental patients at the time. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ David Lynch's original rough cut ran for approximately 4 hours. He was contractually obligated to deliver a two-hour movie by De Laurentiis and cut many small subplots and character scenes. In 2011, Lynch found some of these deleted scenes and included 50 minutes of them on the US blu-ray. It is unknown if the original 4-hour cut was his director’s cut.

Lynch also made cuts at the request of the MPAA. For example, when Frank slaps Dorothy after the first rape scene, the audience was supposed to see Frank actually hitting her. Instead, the film cuts away to Jeffrey in the closet, wincing at what he has just seen. This cut was made to satisfy the MPAA's concerns about violence. Lynch thought that the change only made the scene more disturbing. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ 40 seconds of film were cut to reduce the original NC-17 rating to an R. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ The double rape caused some big problems with the MPAA and had to be trimmed to avoid an NC-17 rating. The European version is more explicit (especially with the first rapist.) ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Borrower (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Aliens punish one of their own by sending him to earth. The alien is very violent, and when the body he occupies is damaged... (92 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ John McNaughton made the following remarks during an interview for In The Flesh fanzine (UK), issue #6 on page 10: "As soon as Vestron backed out Atlantic picked it up, but it was submitted to the MPAA and given an 'X' certificate so they just walked out on the deal.We got an R rating and had to cut it 5 times, but I don't feel the picture was damaged to the point where destroyed by any means." ” - mysteriousbluebox
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ The rough cut of the film initially contained much more violence than the final product. Fearing an NC-17 from the MPAA after negative test reaction, Mel Gibson went back and personally edited some of the film's most graphic scenes to show the brutality more off-screen, rather than on. The unedited scenes have never been put back into the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ James Whale’s director's cut was 87 minutes long, but Producer Carl Laemmle Jr. imposed a number of cuts, to tame down the Director's "excesses". The Prologue was cut (making difficult to understand the present dialogue), the body count was reduced from 21 to 10, two love scenes between the couple and a toy representing the Monster with a child have been deleted. Whale agreed to delete a sequence in which Dwight Frye's "Nephew Glutz" kills his uncle and blames the Monster, and shots of Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley in which Breen felt too much of her breasts were visible. This amount of 12-minute footage has subsequently been lost, making it impossible to reconstruct the initial idea by James Whale. ” - mysteriousbluebox
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. (85 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
“ Two scenes were removed from the movie to obtain a "R" rating. The two scenes were:

- There was a much more longer version of Megan masturbating.
- The sex scene between Megan and Graham was toned down because it was much too explicit and would have caused the movie to receive a "NC-17" rating. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A high school prom faces a deadly threat: a flesh-eating virus that spreads via a popular brand of bottled water. (86 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ After extensive re-editing and re-shooting by the producers, writer/director Ti West requested to have his name removed from the film and replaced with the popular pseudonym Alan Smithee. Since he was not a member of the DGA his request was denied by the producers and he remains credited as the film's director. West has since disowned the final product claiming that it is more a product of the producers and executives than that of his own. It is unknown if there will ever be a "directors cut" released featuring West's original vision. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ The psychiatrist's death was originally more gruesome and had to be edited for the theatrical release. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Carrie (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (100 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ There is a petition for the release of an extended/director's cut of this film. Fans feel that this would be a new adaption of the novel (as the final version of the film as many borrowed elements from the 1976 version), if they add in the scenes they cut out. This information was given out by audience members who attended test screenings of the film. Although there are deleted and alternate scenes on the blu-ray, there is apparently 45 minutes of footage that has never been officially released. It is unclear if this footage was cut to keep a shorter runtime or cut by the director. The deleted scenes are as follows:

1. Hail (on blu-ray): Otherwise known as "The Rain of Stones" (this was originally the opening scene) - Fans would still prefer to see Carrie's birth scene as the opening and the Hail scene as a flashback during The White Commission.

2. The White Commission: The film had integrated several courtroom scenes with witnesses giving testimonies of their experience with Carrie White leading to the prom incident, essentially structuring the film as a series of flashbacks and recollections. It begins with an interview with an adult Estelle Parsons (who witnessed the Hail as a teenager), Sheriff Otis Doyle, Dr. Dean L. McDuffy, Erika Gogan, Ms. Arlene Walsh, and others who had some kind of experience with Carrie White and/or theories about the Black Prom.

3. The Found Footage that had been filmed by Freddy "Beak" Holt - and there is currently speculation that other found footage from gymnasium security cameras also played a role in the film.

4. Sue's Video Diary

5. Scenes detailing more in-depth character development.

6. "Wipe that smile off your face" - Chris to Carrie at the pool: reference the full-length trailer from April 2013, B-Roll Footage, and/or the main menu of the current DVD/Blu-ray.

7. The locker room scene (Extended) - Chris turning the cell-phone toward herself and the mean girls: reference the full-length trailer from April 2013.

8. Scenes involving Social Media - Facebook in particular: The e-mail from Chris to Donna Kellogg. "So I'm our of prom and my (censored) father says he won't give them what they deserve."

9. Billy's wild ride (the "blowjob scene" - similar to the 1976 version) (on blu-ray)

10. Chris and Tina kiss (Extended) (on blu-ray)

11. Tommy and Sue's backseat love scene (Extended)

12. A scene featuring actress Ally Feliciano: The mean girls teasing and making fun of Carrie - This scene supposedly took place before the bathroom (mirror shattering) scene.

13. Carrie using her powers to levitate the books in her bedroom: Apparently there were a couple variations of this scene shown to test-audiences. Fans would appreciate an extended/alternate version of this scene given that the theatrical one felt a bit lackluster for such a poignant moment in the story.

14. An interaction between Carrie and Chris outside the dress shop.

15. Drive to the pig farm (Extended) (on blu-ray)

16. Carrie levitates Margaret (Extended) (on blu-ray)

17. The meaningful conversation between Miss Desjardin and Carrie at prom.

18. Tommy and Carrie kissing (on blu-ray)

19. Billy kisses Chris (on blu-ray)

20. Margaret escaping from the closet and cutting herself with a knife (on blu-ray)

21. Sue tries to call Tommy from outside the school to warn him but he rejects the call.

22. Chris and Billy rushing from the school (after the blood dump) to find that Sue's parked automobile is blocking them from leaving.

23. The Prom Scene (Extended) was said to be longer and more violent than the theatrical version.

24. Tina on fie (Extended) (on blu-ray)

25. A scene or shot revealing Erika and George's fate - According to test-audiences, George was impaled by one of the star decorations as Erika watched in horror. Erika detailed what happened during one of the scenes in The White Commission.

26. The electrocution sequence (Extended) which was supposed to feature graphic shots of "dead students" dancing and being toyed with by Carrie. Carrie then levitates herself and the bodies of those she's killed (according to one source) and soars pass them and out a window.

27. Carrie outside the school using her telekinetic powers to kill off some of the prom survivors who escaped.

28. The Town Destruction: According to test-audiences, Carrie uses her telekinesis to set "some other buildings" on fire aside from the school. It was said that the majority of this scene was areal shots intertwined with some close-ups: reference the teaser trailer from October 2012.

29. Sue seeing Tommy's body being taken out on a stretcher and Miss Desjardin saying how sorry she is for what has happened.

30. Carrie cleaning herself in the bathtub (Extended)

31. Margaret's original death scene which was said to be closer to the novel. It was changed to the theatrical version when re-shoots were done in May 2013.

32. The multiple endings: Five alternate endings were filmed for Carrie. The first ending was very similar to the 1976 film but without Sue waking up. The second ending was exactly the same as the 1976 film. The third ending is a "morning after voiceover" by Sue as the audience sees what's become of the town and how they're coping. The fourth ending shows the town filled with news crews, reporters, and police officers talking about what happened and describing the event as "a conspiracy" to apparently "cover up what really happened" in Chamberlain. The fifth ending was not shown to test-audiences - though many Carrie fans presume that this fifth ending was the one released on the Blu-ray edition. Many hope that all five endings will somehow be "mashed together" for a definitive close. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Martin Scorsese stated before the film's release that he created the "head in the vise" scene as a sacrifice, certain the MPAA would insist it be cut. He hoped this would draw fire away from other violent scenes that would seem less so by comparison. When the MPAA made no objection to the vise scene, he left it in, albeit slightly edited to remove the bit where his left eyeball pops out. Only the empty eye socket is shown in the current cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cherry Falls (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In the small town of Cherry Falls, a psychotic murderer is killing off the virgins of the local high school. (92 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
“ Set in the titular small town, the film follows local high school students that are being killed because they are virgins. Outside of the flip where virgins are in danger, Cherry Falls follows the slasher formula – a small town, a dark secret and a Final Girl who can end things, but the threat still looms lover her at the end. Cherry Falls had a good budget and the backing of USA Films. However, when the film was submitted to the MPAA, the ratings board in the States, they deemed the film far too violent and threatened to slap it with an NC-17 rating, generally equivalent to a kiss of death for a film looking to make back its money. Struggling to get an R Rating (Scream also had similar problems) the film was cut to exclude extraneous violence and sexuality. For a film that is ostensibly about sex and characters actively seeking to lose their virginity once the killer’s targeting is revealed, it’s hard to lose the parts that actively deal with such. By omitting the violence, we’re left with limp scenes where the killer strikes and the shot cuts away to a reaction shot, with overt sound effects overlain.

The movie had to be re-cut five times in order to achieve an R-rating. Most significant cuts include:
- Graphic sexual activity during the climactic orgy sequence;
- The death of a character named Annette The originally scripted scene showed her having her throat slowly pushed onto a pane of glass. The scene was filmed and very brutal, done all in one graphic cut. However, she shot was later replaced with her character's head split open in the front door. That scene was still trimmed heavily. In unrated versions the top of her head erupts and a splash of blood flies across the doorjamb.
- Rod's death had more blood.
- Timmy's death was an on screen kill that featured gruesome spurting blood.
- A character's death at the climatic orgy was nixed for time and MPAA constraints. A male character's throat was slashed open.

Cherry Falls received some positive reviews that admired its twists and stabs at subversive humor, but it was never theatrically released in North America (though it did play in cinemas in Europe). It unceremoniously debuted on the USA Network and the memory of it only exists among the genre fans who’ve sought it out. Cherry Falls never reached its potential and USA Films became too scared of the reception of a film that, while flawed, is still far better and weirder than most of the similar offerings that were soon forgotten by mainstream audiences. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Children of the Corn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kiersch
“ The director's initial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Amongst the missing footage:

- A longer prologue where several other adults are killed, most noticeably a deputy whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-axe wielding kids.

- A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.

- A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cliffhanger (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains. (112 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ This movie had to be cut extensively and especially visibly in order to receive the desired R-Rating in the US. Especially the scene in which Stallone shoots a bad guy through a layer of ice had to suffer, and its cuts in the International Version can be seen easily when paying attention. This is not very nice and also not typical for US censoring, whch is usually done better.

The uncut movie version of Cliffhanger has been discussed by for many years now, usually started by questions of buyers who bought the movie and are wondering whether they accidentally purchased the wrong version when noticing the cuts. Just a is the case with The Crow, a workprint of Cliffhanger can be found on the internet, but the quality is as always horrible. The recent 20th anniversary release of the movie can be seen as another missed chance to finally give the fans what they want. It can also again be said that, had Cliffhanger been made ten years later, it would certainly have received the unrated-treatment instantly. The continuing flow of rereleases seems to be still profitable, so why not maximize the results with a really new selling point by publishing this cult movie uncut for the first time? This should even be able to convince many mainstream viewers. Well, maybe we will have more luck with the 25th anniversary edition. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts... (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Blair
“ The following scene were cut to avoid an X rating by the MPAA:

- A scene where a 15-year-old Daniel Ray Hawkins murders a prostitute is removed from the film.

- A scene was removed where Hawkins is a child and he and his sister watch their mother have sex with two men and it infuriates their father and causes him to commit suicide.

- Also removed from the film is where a girl escapes from Hawkins when he tries to kill her.

- Hawkins and a Texas Sheriff discussing Hawkins homosexual relations with Moon Lawton is edited.

- Another scene cut from the film is outside a gas station where they discuss starting their own violent sex magazine and later when they are in the gas station the scene where they pick up groceries is cut. These scenes are just before they murder the gas station worker and another customer in the store.

- Also cut is a scene where Lawton leaves for Louisiana and tells Hawkins and Milly goodbye. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Cooler (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation. (101 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
“ According to the 2006 documentary film This Film Is Not Yet Rated, the MPAA originally rated the film NC-17 because of a glimpse of Maria Bello's pubic hair during a sex scene. An edited version rated R was released in theaters. The uncensored version was released on DVD in Canada and the UK but never in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Crow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Unfortunately, THE CROW needed to be censored before its release in order to get the R-Rating. And there is missing a lot. Uncommonly extreme, a lot of violence during the entire movie is more moderate. Especially shortly after its release, the alterations were a huge issue and resulted in many debates caused by frustation in several message boards.

As often, the debates were heated up by the existence of a workprint which contains the fully uncensored version of the movie. Too bad that the image and sound quality is not the cream of the crop which makes it only interesting for die-hard fans. The Crow shares the fate of many other movies listed in this special: it was released a decade too early. In a decade where the advertizing appeal of so-called Unrated Versions did not exist yet. This year, it is The Crow's 20th anniversary. It would be the perfect opportunity to finally release the uncensored version. Due to its status of a 90s classic - also because of Brandon Lee's tragic death during the shooting - it is very hard to imagine that an uncensored version, for instance on Blu-ray with a lot of bonus material, would not attract enough buyers to make it profitable. But that will be a dream forever I'm afraid. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cruel Intentions (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Kumble
“ Cruel Intentions originally scored an NC-17 rating. The MPAA said that these minor moments had to be removed before an R rating was possible. The following cuts were mentioned in the UK DVD (Columbia Tristar) audio commentary with the director, producer and various crew members:

- A shot of Sarah Michelle Geller actually snorting cocaine from the crucifix pendant was cut, despite how obvious it looks.

- Sarah Michelle Geller says, "Enough with the girl scout stories. Just *beep* her already" when Selma Blair's character is showing off to Ronald, her cello teacher. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cruising (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. (102 mins.)
“ The Motion Picture Association of America originally gave Cruising an X rating. Friedkin claims he took the film before the MPAA board "50 times" at a cost of $50,000 and deleted 40 minutes of footage from the original cut before he secured an R rating. The deleted footage, according to Friedkin, consisted entirely of footage from the clubs in which portions of the film were shot and consisted of "[a]bsolutely graphic sexuality....that material showed the most graphic homosexuality with Pacino watching, and with the intimation that he may have been participating." In some discussions, Friedkin claims that the missing 40 minutes had no effect on the story or the characterizations, but in others he states that the footage created "mysterious twists and turns (which [the film] no longer takes)", that the suspicion that Pacino's character may have himself become a killer was made more clear and that the missing footage simultaneously made the film both more and less ambiguous. When Friedkin sought to restore the missing footage for the film's DVD release, he discovered that United Artists no longer had it. He believes that UA destroyed the footage. Some obscured sexual activity remains visible in the film as released, and Friedkin intercut a few frames of gay pornography into the first scene in which a murder is depicted. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ For its original cinema release the BBFC required cuts to the scene where a man's head is severed by the Baron and dissolved in acid. The severing was reduced to a brief shot and no footage at all survives of the acid scene. Video and early DVD releases featured the U.S print which was cut further to remove a shot of a severed eyeball as seen through a magnifying glass, though the UK cinema print, which contains this shot, was often shown on BBC television. The 2012 Lionsgate release features the restored version which includes the eyeball shot from the UK print. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Cyborg (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future. (86 mins.)
Director: Albert Pyun
“ The film was heavily cut to earn an "R" rating rather than an "X". Among the scenes that didn't make it to the film: the opening slit throat, a good deal of blood in the village massacre. Also, in the first warehouse fight Van Damme is first fighting one guy and then suddenly he's not fighting anyone anymore (soon before the girl throws a villain down the big pit), the guy he was fighting vanishes, his death scene was likely cut.

In 2011, the news arrived that a copy of Albert Pyun's latest cut was found by the original composer. Interested fans were able to purchase it from Pyun directly.

Albert Pyun:"After 23 years my long-time composer Tony Riparetti has found a VHS telecine of my director's cut, the only copy in existence I believe. It has the original Tony Riparetti and Jim Saad music score, which was thrown out when Cannon Films and Jean-Claude took over the editing. The telecine is of the last cut I ever did and from the original 35mm work print, and it has a stereo temp mix with it. It also hasn't been cut by the MPAA to get an R rating so it has the X-rated violence. It shows clearly my vision for the film which neither Cannon, JCVD or the public accepted back in 1988."

However, not all of these promises could be kept, especially since many violent scenes were either missing compared to the Theatrical Version or identical although they seemed censored.

The fan site went on to publish further statements by Pyun that shed some more light on the situation. He took scenes out of the Director's Cut he found. Mostly, it appears to have technical reasons (digitalizing the VHS) and artistic considerations that led him to assembling his personally perceived ideal cut. The intially announced 88 minutes runtime turned out to be 82 minutes eventually.

"It is MY DIRECTOR'S CUT and not a fan cut. I think most will see it accurately presents the three major changes I mentioned: 1) the score; 2) the darker tone; 3) the added depth to the characters. I did delete several scenes and shots that did not telecine well and I felt interfered with the viewing experience."

"I'm not beating around the bush. I made some choices and decisions I thought made my Director's Cut better and more viewable [...] I can only make it to please myself as that is what director's cuts are - the director's point of view of the material. Moany (sic!) of those comments weren't promises but reflect what I was seeing in the VHS. But once I got into mastering it, we made different choices like with the main title. Removing the Slinger main title for the Cyborg one. Its a choice I made and I was hoping viewers would judge it as a overall film and not bits and pieces."

This director’s cut has never had an official release in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Darkness Falls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before. (86 mins.)
“ In a version of the film, the creature only appears in the final act. The studio was not satisfied by this, so they brought Stan Winston in to create a new Tooth Fairy that would be seen throughout the film. The original design (by Steve Wang) bears no resemblance to the new version, although it is the basis for the McFarlane Toys figure released in 2002. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ In the USA the movie was rated R (for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality) and was also released on DVD with an R-Rating. Additionally, they released an unrated Director's Cut that extended the movie with some more plot scenes as well as some more effects. So much about this (nowadays) standard operating procedure for movie releases. But for Dawn of the Dead, something's different: even the unrated version is not uncensored!

There's a scene early into the movie where a topless woman was censored. While in the German version of the Director's Cut you can see her naked breasts, the US version offers an additional pool of blood to cover her up. This is a very paradoxical example of the fact that in America it's okay to show guts 'n' gore, but bare skin is just too much to show. Also, they were very inconsistent with censoring nudity (in the closing credits there's a short sequence of a young woman taking off her top), making the whole affair even more questionable. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Even though this version is not rated, the DVD is cut. Most of the missing scenes are plot scenes but nevertheless some cuts were made for censorship. Till today no Uncut version has been released in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dead Heat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two policemen are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals. (86 mins.)
Director: Mark Goldblatt
“ The film suffered numerous cuts to the gore in order to receive an "R" rating instead of an "X". ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dead Presidents (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed. (119 mins.)
“ Dead Presidents is another one of those often discussed candidates that had to be censored prior to the US-release in order to obtain an R-Rating. Especially towards the finale this pretty brutal war drama had to be toned down heavily. The Unrated version was never released. Even Criterion, THE lable for fans of independent movies, who are appreciated worldwide for several high quality movie releases - especially of genre movies - did not help the fans out. While Criterion were the first to release the Unrated version of Robocop on DVD as well as Laserdisc, the Unrated Version of Menace II Society on Laserdisc, and Peter Jackson's Director’s Cut of The Frighteners on Laserdisc, plus the mainstream flick Armageddon as uncensored Director’s Cut on DVD they unfortunately only included a few Unrated scenes as deleted scenes on the Laserdisc of Dead Presidents. Due to the immense interest of our readers, it became one of the very few deleted scenes reports on our site.

Of course, you can also say that deleted scenes are better than nothing. After all, it is a possibility to see the scenes. Still, probably no one will disagree when we say that it would be much better to get the movie in its uncensored version in the first place. All DVDs that were released worldwide thus far did not even include the deleted scenes. There has not been a Blu-Ray release, yet. Maybe an HD release will finally reveal the unrated scene. However, chances are rather small. It is much more likely that the Blu-Ray will be another careless release without any extras - just as all DVDs of the movie to date. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Demons of the Mind (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession. (89 mins.)
Director: Peter Sykes
“ The original UK cinema release was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of dirt being forced into Inge's mouth and the stabbing of Hilda with a set of keys, and to optically blur shots of the scarred body of Zorn's wife and of her cutting her throat. The same cut print was used for the 1990 Warner video though this was then cut by a further 18 secs to remove shots of Inge's topless bloodstained body and a bloodstained woman caressing her breasts during a flashback montage. The 1990 video cuts were waived in 2006 for the Optimum release though the original cinema edits now appear to be lost. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Desperado (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. (104 mins.)
“ Many film fans call Desperado a cult movie and it is probably the best part of the "Mariachi" trilogy. In the USA, the movie already had to be censored in order to get an R-Rating. Even though the censorship was not really talked about in the media (nor seem fans in movie boards to be aware of it), the amount of scenes that were cut out are enough to include the flick in the lower part of the list.

Several explicit scenes had to be cut out or shortened in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The shooting of the Pick-up Guy's friend was trimmed, the Pick-up Guy's head being blown off was reduced and
the shooting of Danny Trejo was shortened. There were also a lot of scenes in the finale that the MPAA asked to take out. The cuts that had to be made were so intense that the creators thought that the scene was no longer watchable. Thus they took out most of the finale. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Devils (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ The film faced harsh reaction from national film rating systems due to its disturbingly violent, sexual, and religious content, and originally received an X rating in both Britain and the United States. It was banned in several countries, and eventually heavily edited for release in others. The film has never received a release in its original, uncut form in various countries, and is largely unavailable in the home video market.

To earn a British 'X' certificate, Russell made minor cuts to the more explicit nudity (mainly in the cathedral and convent sequences), details from the first exorcism (mainly that which indicated an anal insertion), some shots of the crushing of Grandier's legs, the pantomime sequence during the climactic burning, as well as the overdubbing of *beep* and "*beep* me". However, the biggest cuts were made by the studio itself, prior to submission to the BBFC, removing two scenes in their entirety, notably a two-and-a-half-minute sequence of crazed naked nuns sexually assaulting a statue of Christ[5] and about half of a latter scene with Sister Jeanne masturbating with the charred femur of Grandier at the end of the film. However, even in its released form, the film was considerably stronger in detail than most films released prior to that point.

Its fate in the US was even more stringent, with a further set of cuts made to even more of the nudity with some key scenes (including Sister Jeanne's crazed visions, exorcism and the climactic burning) shorn of the more explicit detail. The film was released in 'X' form (no one under 18 years of age admitted) during its initial US theatrical run, but later resubmitted after two additional minutes worth of footage were cut so that it could obtain an R rating.

Warner Brothers removed the Rape of Christ before submitting the film to the British censors. The British censors removed a further 89 seconds. The resulting 111-minute cut is the longest existing version of The Devils. American censors cut two minutes and re-edited another two minutes to produce the R-rated version.The full 111-minute version was released on video in 1997 in the Maverick Directors series. All other video releases used the heavily cut American version (even UK video releases) in a murky and grainy transfer that was an insult to the film's excellent cinematography and artwork. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Die Hard 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ Die Hard 2 was just like its successor cut before the release in order to get the R-Rating. A workprint containing the deleted scenes has been circulating for a while. Especially the shootout with the terrorists dressed as painters was a lot more bloody than it could eventually be seen. This workprint features the typically bad audio and video quality and is certainly no alternative for the movie fan, who will, however, be angry about their cut Blu-ray even more after having seen the deleted scenes.

Die Hard 2 is certainly an action movie landmark and would probably – together with the first part – be included on most Top 20 lists for the genre. The license holders from 20th Century Fox are also publishing new releases regularly, although these usually differ only marginally. The Die Hard movies in general can be counted as some of the most published movies. At least 12 different DVDs and 5 BD releases of the second movie can be found only in Germany, but all of these only contain the R-Rated version. Most viewers are probably not even aware of the fact that it has been cut. However, an "Unrated Extended Cut" would certainly be a better selling point than a new steelbook or some slightly different bonus footage. Part four has already been published in an Unrated version in the US, which means that there would not even be a rating difference for a complete box if the cut parts, number two and three, were to be included without the alterations. The parts one (only as a bonus) and five have also already been released in Extended Versions, so why leaves out parts two and three just before they were made before the Unrated hype? ” - mysteriousbluebox
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Die Hard 3 was cut down in the US in order to get the R-Rating even before the release. It is at least known that the fight of McClane against a bad guy towards the end, in which an iron chain is uesd, was affected by that, which can also be seen when watching the movie. In early 2000, there was a short-lived false rumour stating that the US Laserdisc contained the Unrated Version. Since then the possibility of an Unrated release has been discussed again and again in various movie forums. So far, 20th Century Fox unfortunately has not published an uncut version of the movie. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. (84 mins.)
Director: David Nutter
“ Several scenes containing more story and character development were deleted from the film prior to the theatrical release. In the DVD commentary, the director complained that he objected to particular scenes being removed from the film, but that the producers overrode his objections. The DVD contains 11 deleted scenes and an alternate ending. It has not been confirmed if all these scenes were cut by the studio against the director's wishes. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dr. Giggles (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A madman who believes he's a doctor comes to the town where his crazy father was killed, and soon begins murdering people and becoming infatuated with a teenage girl who has a heart condition. (95 mins.)
Director: Manny Coto
“ On episode #72 of Killer POV podcast, the director, Manny Coto, revealed that the MPAA told him he had a lot of work to do on the film before they could give it an R rating. They had to cut out a lot of the gore because the MPAA was particularly harsh on them since horror films faced heavy censorship in the early 1990s. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ The BBFC requested cuts to remove the inter-cutting of a murder and a rabbit gutting, and to edit a bedroom murder and the stabbing of Professor Robertson. The bedroom murder was shortened though Hammer re-edited the stabbing of the doctor to comprise flash shots of earlier killings. Despite initial BBFC objections the film was then passed, and all later releases feature this same edited print. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dream House (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling. (84 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Director Jim Sheridan fought with Morgan Creek's head Jim Robinson continuously on the set over the shape of the script and the production of the movie. After Sheridan re-shot some scenes because they did not go down well with test audiences, Morgan Creek took away the film from Sheridan's hands to re-cut it themselves. As a result, they created the trailer which many felt gave away too many of the movie's secrets. As a result, Sheridan, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz refused to promote the film to the press.

The film was also originally rated R by the MPAA for "some violence" but was later edited to achieve a PG-13 rating for "violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language." Neither Sheridan's original cut nor the R-rated version of this film has been released. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Dreamscape (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ A brief shot of topless nudity from Kate Capshaw during the love sequence on the train with Dennis Quaid was cut from the film in the US in order to secure a PG-13 rating. The scene is uncut in European prints of the movie. The scene is not present on the R1 Image Entertainment Special Edition DVD although the commentary makes reference to nudity in the scene. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Ebola Syndrome (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A restaurant employee wanted for murder contracts Ebola by raping a woman in South Africa and starts an outbreak there and in Hong Kong when he returns home. (98 mins.)
Director: Herman Yau
“ The DVD is censored by about 2 minutes, however the censored scenes are available on the DVD as deleted scenes. The censored scenes were included back into the film on an Austrian DVD but it is not an official release. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ Although the movie had been intended to get the R-Rating, many test viewers and the studio thought that the sometimes extreme violent scenes were too drastic. Paramount then told Anderson to cut his originally 130 minutes long movie by half an hour and tone down the violence. Especially the visions of hell were affected by this. The softened version was then released to cinemas and is up to this day also contained on every home cinema release.

When the DVD era was in full bloom and Paramount announced a Special Edition rerelease of the movie after the barebone first DVD. It was also said that it would contain the uncensored long version. However, disappointment followed quickly: in the pre-DVD era, the original footage was very often thrown away or not stored the right way. Because of the poor quality of the original film footage, Anderson was not able to restore his old version. For example, the footage of the hell scenes was found in an old salt mine in Transsylvania. ...A story which could remind one of "Raiders of the Lost Tape". In the end, there were many Deleted Scenes but no Extended Version on the disc.

However, the story seems to continue. On the ComicCon 2012, Anderson announced that producer Lloyd Levin found a VHS of his old long version, but it remains unclear whether this means that an uncut release is being prepared or whether VHS quality is even good enough for the HD era.

Deleted scenes included the meeting scene between Weir and some people in charge of the mission where they talk about Event Horizon (dialogue from this deleted scene was included in theatrical trailer), more back story for Cooper and Justin (including much stronger explanation for why Justin enters the black hole), a deleted love back story between Starck and Miller, more scenes explaining what exactly gateway to hell/black hole is, Miller finds a ripped out tooth floating around in Event Horizon, and a longer version of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with his legs all mangled with maggots all over them. After Justin almost died and is inside the water tank, Weir hallucinationed Justin turning into his wife Claire.

The infamous "bloody orgy" video was also longer. Parts which are still in the scene, like one of the crew members sticking his fingers deep into other one's eyes, and a female crew member sodomizing male crew member with iron pipe, were even more violent in original version of the scene. There were also lot more shots of Event Horizon crew naked and covered in blood having violent sex and raping and eating each other, more graphic version of the scene where man pulls his intestines out of his mouth, one crew member is held and stabbed in back of the head with spike and part of his mouth and teeth drops out, other crew member is crawling on floor while others are hitting his legs with steel bars smashing them to pieces as he screams and is crawling away leaving pieces of his legs behind, one girl has screws drilled into her teeth, other girl is held while her arm is broken with hunk of metal, one more girl has her breasts mauled and then ripped off by another crew member, some other parts of the scene were also cut. Reason why this scene disturbed test audience is because filmmakers, in order to make the scene look more realistic and therefore lot more violent, hired real life amputees for special effects scenes where Event Horizon crew members had their body parts damaged in many ways, and porn actors were hired to make the sex and rape scenes more graphic. According to producer Jeremy Bolt and director Paul W.S. Anderson, some audience members during screening of rough cut of the movie started fainting while watching this scene. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Evil Dead (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. (91 mins.)
Director: Fede Alvarez
“ With the remake of Evil Dead this list also features a very recent movie. And justifiedly so, the release policy of the studio was not less annoying: it was clear even before the theatrical realse that Evil Dead had received an NC-17 rating and therefore had to be cut down for the more economical R-Rating. This version was then shown in cinemas worldwide. At this point, this was not seen as a big problem. On the one hand, there was not that much footage removed. On the other hand, the uncensored version was promised for the home cinema release.

However, it all came differently and the DVD/BD releases only contained the R-Rated version. Director Alvarez might have called the Theatrical Version his Director's Cut, but this was certainly only meant regarding the producers' and studio's influence on the postproduction and not the censoring following it.

As a movie fan, this is hard to understand. For once, there is a horror remake the fans mostly like and accept, and the studio does not release an Uncut version? This is especially harsh considering the army of Scary Movie and American Pie movies, which are all released in specially extended versions for the extra cash, a treatment Evil Dead does not deserve? The only hope a fan can have is that this changes with another Evil Dead movie. However, let's be realistic: the chances are rather low... ” - mysteriousbluebox
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Evil Dead II, one of the most popular cult movies, deserves a spot close to the top on this list. The first part was directly released Unrated to the US cinemas, but the sequel had a more commercial target and was aimed at the R-Rating. In order to achieve this, some scenes were even shot in softer versions, featuring for example black and green blood instead of the red one. Then the producers usually used the harmless alternative, additionally removing gore scenes from the movie. In particular, some additional gore was cut when one of the zombies is dismembered, showing a split-open zombie skull. Stills were shown in Fangoria magazine.

However, it was no use, the MPAA did not even want to give the R-Rating to the censored version and Evil Dead II was released unrated after all – but it was still the censored cut. The original version is considered to be lost nowadays, and it is questionable whether this is ever going to change.

Many of the lost scenes can still be retraced by stills, outtakes or some other kind of footage, which is one more reason why there are many fans still hoping for an uncut release.There are also many bootleg and fan-made cuts including the bonus footage, but these are both illegal and do not satisfy a fan's expectations regarding quality. The German uncut shop BMV and Studiocanal recently released an official version, which reintegrates some of the scenes into the movie and can be considered the most complete available edition to date. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Exorcist III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. (110 mins.)
“ William Peter Blatty made the film based on his novel "Legion," which was published in 1983. Morgan Creek decided to call it "Exorcist: Legion" even though the screenplay and novel featured no exorcisms whatsoever. After principal photography was completed, the misleading nature of the title was noticed, and the producers determined that additional scenes needed to be written and then added into the film in order to made it a more recognizable sequel of The Exorcist (1973). The last third of the movie had to be entirely redone, with the insertion of a new character, Father Morning, and of an exorcism scene that cost nearly 4 million dollars.

William Peter Blatty had hoped to recover the deleted footage from the Morgan Creek vaults so that he might re-assemble the original cut of the film which he said was "rather different" from what was released. Unfortunately for Blatty and for the fans who had been clamoring for such a release, the footage was never found. On 28 June 2007, Blatty's wife sent the following comment to a fan site: "My husband tells me that it is Morgan Creek's claim that they have lost all the footage, including an alternate opening scene in which Kinderman views the body of Karras in the morgue, right after his fall down the steps. What a shame."

In October of 2016, Scream Factory released a collector's edition of the film which includes a director's cut. However, this version is more of an "assembly cut" since the prints of the original cut cannot be located. A disclaimer before the film reads:

"We are proud to present this brand-new, alternate version of The Exorcist III. We conducted an exhaustive search through a pallet of film assets from the original shoot to re-create William Peter Blatty's intended vision based on his book, Legion. Unfortunately, that footage has been lost to time. To that end, we have turned to VHS tapes of the film's dailies to assemble the director's cut. However, even some of that footage was incomplete so scenes from the theatrical re-shoot were used to fill the gaps. The director's cut is a composite of varying footage quality from the best available resources. We hope you enjoy it." ” - mysteriousbluebox
Exterminator 2 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York of a drug lord and his gang. (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Buntzman
“ In the USA this movie had to be cut heavily in order to be rated "R", the Unrated Version unfortunately never made it onto the market. In England the R-Rated Version had to be cut again in order to gain the movie rating BBFC-18.

In addition to the cuts made by the MPAA, the studio also cut a bunch of violent scenes before the first cut was sent to the MPAA. The studio demanded for more graphic scenes with John burning down gang members with flamethrower to be included into the movie, they also deleted some other graphic and action scenes from original cut during the re-shoots and re-editing. These include more scenes with garbage truck (including some chase scenes) and entire scene where police helicopter which is shot down by gang members crashes down on the night club filled with people and causes explosion which kills and injures many of them. Some more cuts were demanded by the MPAA for R rating since final version of the movie was originally rated X because of the violence. No uncut version of the movie was ever released. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy. (106 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen, Mel City
“ As shown on the DVD, director Rob Cohen and editor Peter Honess had to trim down the scene where Dom character is hijacking the truck towards the end of the film to secure a PG-13 rating. The trims made to avoid an R rating were the shots of Vince's arm being ripped by the wiring on the truck and the agony he expressed. Also, the scene where the motor mechanic is beaten up and doused in grease was shortened. This modification was mentioned in the DVD commentary by director Rob Cohen. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Prior to the film's 19 August 1982 Los Angeles release, a news story reported that the 5 July 1982 Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) bulletin had granted Fast Times at Ridgemont High an X-rating, due to a love scene between Stacy Hamilton and Mike Damone, which featured full-frontal male nudity. The intent was to show each of them undressing, and then show them standing before each other fully naked, full frontal, vulnerable, and nervous. As the picture was "the first major studio film in some time" to be given an X-rating, Universal agreed to edit the scene, allowing the MPAA to re-issue the film as R. Jennifer Jason Leigh explained that teenage test audiences had found the scene "too graphic," and the actress expressed her disappointment that the re-cut version eliminated the sense of awkward hesitancy between the two characters, who weren't ready for sex. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Final Destination (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. (98 mins.)
Director: James Wong
“ The director, James Wong, had two scenes cut to reach an R Rating: The strangulation of Tod in the bathtub and the stabbing of the teacher. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Final Terror (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods. (82 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ The Scream Factory blu-ray features a version of the film that is mostly uncut. Another version of the film titled "Carnivore" which contains a few seconds more during the sex/murder scene, including a few graphic cuts on Mark Metcalf's back. These few seconds are missing from the blu-ray. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Fingers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother. (90 mins.)
Director: James Toback
“ In the DVD commentary, the director mentions his "great experience with the people at Warner Bros. on Fingers, which had to be resubmitted 13 times before it got the 'R' it needed to be released. That was 1978, so I don't think the original cut of Fingers even exists." ” - mysteriousbluebox
Fist of the North Star (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind. (110 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
“ All home video releases in all regions contain censorship of blood and gore. Certain shots were censored or cut by Toei upon the film's original home video release in Japan, due to complaints from parents and PTA groups. These shots include Shin stabbing Kenshiro with his fingers, the death of a villain whose skull explodes out of his head and subsequently emits geysers of blood from the neck, and another villain squishing the head of a crowd chanter. It is believed that the uncensored 35mm reels were destroyed in a fire; the only form in which the uncut version exists is through an Italian VHS release from the 90s. However, on this release, some shots remain censored. ” - mysteriousbluebox
For Love of the Game (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A washed up pitcher flashes through his career. (137 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ A full frontal nude shot of Kevin Costner had to be cut at Universal's request to secure a PG-13 rating. Costner told Newsweek that the studio lacked "real courage" by insisting that the film have a more kid-friendly rating. But a studio executive told New York magazine that a test audience in Arizona gave a thumbs-down to Costner's manhood. ""The audience giggled at Kevin's penis... Then, in focus groups, they said, 'Do we really need to see Kevin Costner's penis?'" ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Fountain (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
“ Was originally rated R by the MPAA for "some violence" but was later edited down to a PG-13 rating for "some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language." ” - mysteriousbluebox
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
An unemployed cartoonist moves back in with his parents and younger brother Freddy. When his parents demand he leave, he begins to spread rumors that his father is sexually abusing Freddy. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Green
“ This film was edited to avoid an NC-17 rating. Details on what was cut are unknown. Tom Green attepmted to make a director's cut of the film for the 10th anniversary but it never came together. In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Green did on October 17, 2013, Green responded to a question regarding the release of the director's cut with: "The studio didn't give me the footage to make the directors cut. I want to do it. If you contact New Regency or 20th Century Fox and tell them you want a directors cut maybe it will happen!" ” - mysteriousbluebox
Freeway (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (102 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
“ The R-rated version removes some of the sexually explicit dialogue. This dialogue is present in the Australian and UK version. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed. None of these censored scenes are featured on any DVD or BD release, neither in the film nor as a special feature.

After being submitted to the MPAA eight times, 42 seconds were cut in order to avoid an X rating;

- The flashback footage showing Mrs. Voorhees decapitation was trimmed.

- Bloodflow was cut from the shot of Jason driving an icepick into Alice's head.

- A close up shot of Crazy Ralph and the wire cutting.

- Blood was trimmed from the shot of Jason driving the hammer in the cop's head.

- Additional bloodflow was cut from the shot of Jason slicing Scott's throat.

- A facing shot of Mark's face being split by the machete.

- A close-up shot Jeff and Sandra being double-impaled and thrashing around on the bed and also part where impaled Sandra tries to push dead Jeff from her were cut. MPAA vowed to give the movie X rating if scene was left in. Greg Nicotero said that he saw uncut scene years ago and that it was really graphic.

- Original sex scene of Jeff and Sandra included full nudity of Martha Kober and scene itself was longer,but since actress was underage,scene was deleted.

- There was a scene at the very end inside Jason's shack where decapitated head of Pamela Voorhees opens eyes and smiles. It's very obvious when watching the last scene that head looks lot different then before in earlier scenes. Scene was cut by Paramount for looking too fake. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed. None of these censored scenes are featured on any DVD or BD release, neither in the film nor as a special feature.

It was submitted to the MPAA two times,first time it got X rating, second time it got R rating. The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating;

- Edna's death was cut of excess blood.

- Vera's death was longer, it included more blood and a shot of her reaction. There was also a part where her face turns towards camera and tip of the spear turns into 3D effect. It was cut either because the MPAA board said that it looked too real or because someone else said that it looked too good.

- The death scene of Andy showed his right leg and stomach being cut apart.

- Debbie's death originally showed blood spraying across her face and running down her chest.

- The impaling of Chili with the hot poker was cut. Originally, the impalement was shown, along with a splash of smoldering blood hitting the floor.

- Reportedly, some of the SFX shots and more graphic scenes were filmed but never included in the movie since they didn't want same problems with MPAA that part 2 had. Example, actor who played Chuck (hippie guy who gets electrecuted) had make up on his face which would show how his character got burned but this effect wasn't used in final cut.

- During the scene where Rick and Chris are walking back home through the woods in the night there was a scene deleted where they bump into same tramp who showed eyeball to the kids in beggining. Much like before,he tells Chris and Rick to leave.

- The original ending had Jason cutting off Chris head and it was meant to be a dream sequence. It was followed by Chris waking up screaming in the back of the police car. This "dream" scene was cut and replaced by the other "dream" scene with Jason's rotted mother jumping out of the lake and grabbing Chris.

- Another alternate ending had Ali surviving; Chris opens the door to find Jason, but is scared by Ali. They both get away. Soon after, the paramedics arrive, only to never find Jason's body. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed.

Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.

Submitted to the MPAA three times before getting an R rating. Originally it was rated X because of these scenes; Murders of Axel, Nurse Rhonda, Hitchhiker, Samantha, Jimbo, Ted, Doug, Sara, and also for the scene where Jason’s hand is bleeding after getting struck by machete and his death scene. All of these scenes were seconds longer with more blood. Only cut parts really worth of mentioning are Samantha's death which originally had shot of her naked body twitching in rubber boat, similar shot of Sara twitching on the floor, and more gorier take(s) and shots of Jason getting his head spliced open and sliding down on machete. Nurse Rhonda was originally held up and gutted, but it ended up being cut out so that it only showed her being stabbed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives. (92 mins.)
Director: Danny Steinmann
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed. None of these censored scenes are featured on any DVD or BD release, neither in the film nor as a special feature.

One month prior to the film's release in the U.S., the Motion Picture Association of America demanded that 16 scenes featuring sex or graphic violence be edited in order to merit an R rating instead of an X rating. The film ultimately required nine trips to the MPAA before being granted an R rating. Following scenes were cut for R rating:

- Joey's death scene is cut, it is said that originally there were close ups of his back getting hit by axe with innards coming out. Also the scene where his dead body is shown was also cut.

- Vinnie's death (flare in mouth) was cut.

- Pete's death was cut,originally more blood was shown seeping from his neck.

- Billy's death (axe in head) was cut. Lana's death (axe in mid-section) is also cut, plus shot of her body quivering.

- Raymond's (tramp guy who watches Eddie and Tina having sex) death was cut. There was a shot cut where killer twists his knife after stabbing Raymond with it.

- Sex scene in the woods was originally much longer. Reportedly, it was "2 minutes of softcore porn" which "would gave much talked about sex scene in remake run for its money".

- Tina's death (hedge clippers to the eyes) was cut, plus extra shot of her dead body.

- Eddie's death was cut to avoid an X rating; originally blood and his cranial innards spurted out of the straps as Roy twisted them.

- Demon's death scene (spike through body) is cut, there was also a part where he vomits after being stabbed.

- Junior's death (decapitation with cleaver) is cut, there was also more shots of his head rolling around.

- Ethel's death (cleaver to the forehead) is cut.

- There was more of a shot of the cleaver in Jake's face. Blood protruded out of the wound and down to his neck. The scene was cut because Paramount was dissatisfied with how it looked.

- Robin's machete death was originally shown. The knife went through her chest, causing blood to spray across her upper half.

- Violet's death was cut, originally there was part where knife was shown going in and out of her stomach. Based on rumours, Violet was originally killed with machete stab between legs. Some say that this scene was never filmed, but this behind the scenes photo proves otherwise;

- Scenes where killer's hand is chopped and where he gets impaled on spikes are cut.

- Scene where Pam gets stabbed by Tommy in his dream is cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed.

Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.

The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating:

- Allen's insides were ripped out of his body by Jason. He dragged the guts and heart out; he dropped them on the ground where his heart lay steaming.

- Death scene of paintball player who gets his arm ripped off and then is slammed into tree was cut.

- The triple decapitation of the three paintball players. The first print showed their bodies and heads dropping to the ground.

- The two camp counsellors in the car's deaths were also trimmed: The part where the woman is speared in the water originally showed a close-up shot of blood coming to the surface of the water with the air bubbles. The man was speared, lifted into the air, and then slid down the spear, leaving his insides on it.

- Jason shoved the broken bottle into the caretaker's neck and he falls to the ground as the camera gets a close-up of the blood coming out of the bottle.

- Cort's death originally was not as quick-cut and you could actually see the knife going into his head before he falls over.

- Sissy's death was toned down. Originally, you could see her head torn off and dropped.

- The wall-to-wall blood cabin originally had a lot more blood and guts in it. There were shots of livers and hearts running down the walls, but it was all thought too graphic to have in the film.

- Death of police officer who gets knife thrown in head was cut.

- In normal version of death scene one of the police officers Jason squeezes the officer's head until you hear it crunch, but originally there was some blood gushing from his head also.

- The backbreaking sheriff's scene had more to it. There were more screams, more bone crushing, and his legs began to kick. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. (88 mins.)
“ This was the most-butchered film out of the series by the MPAA to avoid the X rating. Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.

Director John Carl Buechler has publicly fumed many times over the years about the number of edits required by the MPAA to avoid an X rating. The film had to be submitted nine times to the Motion Picture Association of America before being granted an R rating, and it stands as arguably the most heavily censored entry in the 'Friday the 13th' series.

The following scenes were removed from the film in order to get an R rating rather than an X;

- Jason's face is constantly masked in shadows to avoid shots of his moldy, decomposing face. The complex make-up was made to conform to actor Kane Hodder's face, but was later deleted from nearly the entire movie when the MPAA deemed it "a bit too grisly".

- Michael's death was cut. Originally, Jason rammed the spike all the way through his body, causing blood to spurt out. Part where he is writhing on the ground and trying to get away is also cut plus close up of his face spitting blood.

- Tina's vision of Michael getting killed was also more graphic.

- Dan's death was also cut. There was a shot of Jason's hand ripping through the front of his body with guts attached.

- Judy's sleeping bag death was cut to absolutely no gore. In the uncut version Jason slams the sleeping bag against the tree repeatedly until the sleeping bag is soaked in blood.

- Russell's death scene where his head splits open as Jason hits it with an axe was cut. Originally close ups of his wound were shown onscreen and part where he twitches on the ground was cut.

- Ben's death is much grislier. In uncut versions, Jason smashes his head into a mushy pulp and blood pours down his face.

- Kate's death was cut. Originally blood was shown dripping from her wound and her head dropping down.

- Maddy's death is offscreen in the normal version, but in original prints a scythe is jammed into her neck and bursts from the other side.

- David's and Robin's sex scene was cut. Originally more humping action was shown.

- David's death scene was cut. Parts where he is stabbed with knife and where he is on the ground were cut.

- Eddie's death was cut. In the original version, we see his head drop to the floor, but in the theatrical version, we only hear it.

- Robin's death was re-filmed because they weren't happy with effects. In her original death scene Jason carries David's decapitated head in bedroom where she is and throws it at her, then kills her by chopping her in gut with machete.

- Amanda Shepard's death is virtually unseen in the wide release, which only shows her get stabbed from behind for a second and then cuts to Doctor Crew's shocked face. In original uncut version, she is impaled on the blade, which juts violently from her chest. Jason then lifts her off the ground on it and waits until she finally dies.

- Dr. Crews was killed with a tree-trimming saw. Originally, Jason tore into his gut, spilling out a fountain of entrails and blood that spurted up into the air.

- Melissa's death has an ax violently cleaving her face in two, splitting it down the middle in a gruesome close-up that left her eyes still wiggling in their sockets. Jason then tossed her aside, which is all we see in the cut release.

- Final sequence of Tina's father coming out of the water was to be more elaborate and feature full prosthetics and a life size dummy. That sequence was completely over ruled and director John Carl Buechler ended up filming what he considers an inferior version of the sequence. Original "zombie" version of this scene is only available in poor quality workprint. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A boatful of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride. (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Hedden
“ This film was censored by Paramount to avoid an X rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed.

Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.

As described by the director on the DVD commentary, the following shots were cut or altered in order to receive an MPAA rating of R instead of an X;

- Jim's death was much gorier. Originally, Jason shoves the entire spear gun through his stomach, then rips it out, causing Jim's intestines to slide out along with a large amount of blood.

- Suzy's death was disturbingly gruesome. Jason shoves the spear through her stomach and twists it non-stop. There were close-up shots of Suzy's mouth gurgling blood and blood rapidly oozing from the spear wound.

- J.J.’s death was an alternate shot. In the original shot, we actually see Jason smashing J.J.'s head with the guitar.

- Tamera's death in the original print was completely different. Originally, Jason repeatedly stabs her with a mirror shard in a shower while she's completely nude. Blood rapidly oozes from her stab wounds and Jason keeps stabbing non-stop. Later on, when Eva finds Tamara's corpse, the original shot was one featuring Tamera's fully nude body with dozens of shards of glass protruding from it.

- The scene where the uncredited boxer gets the hot sauna rock shoved into his chest cavity was a re-shoot. Originally, Jason jammed two darts through his eye sockets, but it was deemed too graphic, and the MPAA forced the crew to re-shoot it. Even with the re-shoot, the scene had to be trimmed. Originally, there was more blood and steam, but the MPAA found even that to be too graphic.

- The scene where the captain gets his neck sliced by Jason's bowing knife was shot five different ways. The director's desire was a shot of a huge gash wound spurting blood, but the MPAA made him choose the least gory shot, which is what appears in the final cut of the movie.

- Wayne's death originally featured him being electrocuted for a few seconds longer.

- The full version of Miles' death scene actually saw him land on the spikes, rather than just showing the aftermath as we see in the "R" rated version.

- When Jason kills the first gang banger, the uncut print featured Jason's hand and the needle going all the way through the gang banger's body.

- A close up shot of Julius' head being knocked clean off was cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ The Special edition laserdisc contains scenes that were cut out of the film due to graphic violence: the vampire feast (dinner is served) is extended: a few more frames of a cut throat, a man's head being eaten by a monster’s abdomen. Said monster also squeezes a zit and shoots the pus stream at people. There's another scene in which Sex Machine kills off two more vampires and takes a picture of one of them. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Science fiction suspense thriller, in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. (81 mins.)
Director: B.D. Clark
“ The movie was originally rated X by the MPAA. The following cuts were made for an R rating: scenes of evisceration and a protracted shot of a scalped corpse with part of its skull missing, several frames from the infamous worm rape scene showing giant worm's thrusting movements and victim's face in ecstasy, sounds of bones breaking from a scene in which another female character gets crushed by living wires. Original X-rated version of the movie is confirmed to be lost and destroyed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Ghoulies (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons. (81 mins.)
Director: Luca Bercovici
“ 12 seconds of footage was removed from the American release in order to achieve a PG-13 rating.According to Darren Gross at MGM, they've found the additional violent footage and transferred it in HD but that footage has yet to appeared on any home video releases. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Ghoulies II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
The Ghoulies wreak havoc at an amusement park, disposing of those who mistake them for mere fairground attractions. (89 mins.)
Director: Albert Band
“ The film was edited of some violence to earn a "PG-13" rating, which replaced the original "R" rating. Darren Gross at MGM said this in 2011 on the Mobius forum: "The Ghoulies 2 R footage does exist. It was transferred when it was re-mastered in HD back in 2002 and put at the end of all our masters. No one has opted to make any use of it, so far." ” - mysteriousbluebox
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Admittedly: the discussions about censoring in Gladiator have become less over time. However, when the movie was released to cinemas and then on DVD, there were lengthy discussions to be found in many places of the still young and rapidly growing internet about the alterations made to Ridley Scott's historical epic. Two scenes are most distinctive here: In the first gladiator fight, Russell Crowe cuts off an opponent's hand and another man was impaled by Ralf Moeller. Both scenes had to be removed (besides others) in order to get the R-Rating in the US. The remarkable thing for gladiator is that these two cuts are quite noticeable, which is rather unusual for US censoring, where alternative footage and other solutions to obscur the alterations are used quite often. The aforementioned scenes can therefore be considered – especially considering the movie's budget – cut in a rather unprofessional way, which was the reason for a big part of the discussions.

However, the story begins to get really annoying later. The first release DVD of 2000 contained a lot of extras, among them deleted scenes. The audio commentary also mentions the MPAA cuts of the first gladiator fight. Besides long deleted scenes, several short ones were put together to a clip. It also contains some of the MPAA cuts, especially the impaling scene. However, no effort was made to reintegrate these scenes back into the movie and release an uncut version of it. At this time, Unrated and Extended Version were already on the market, but had not yet been discovered as the cash cow they are being used as today.
When an Extended Version was being released a few years later, many fans were disappointed. Only the deleted scenes that had been put together in big blocks were reinserted without care, and that in visibly worse quality. In his foreword, Ridley Scott mentions that this is not his Director's Cut, because it had already been shown in cinemas. The whole commentary feels as if he was trying to distance himself from the new version, which obviously was only published to make some quick cash. However, he seems to have forgotten that some scenes had to be removed for the MPAA rating, even though they are rather short. He therefore merely means that the Theatrical Version was his favorite regarding the plot scenes but not the removed violent bits. Either way it is a pity that Universal did not even make the effort to reintegrate the MPAA cuts for the Extended Version. The Uncut Version of Gladiator therefore is still unreleased. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ Originally, Calo was to kill Don Lucchesi by snapping his neck and this was filmed. However, Francis Ford Coppola did not like how it looked and decided to change it to a very bloody death, inspired by Akira Kurosawa's films. The blood spurt from Lucchesi's neck originally earned the film an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, so a few seconds were deleted in order to garner an R rating. Although unused in the film, a clip of Calo snapping Lucchesi's neck was included in the film's official trailer. This death has also not been restored for the "Final Director's Cut" blu-ray in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The MPAA ordered ten frames of blood removed from the film before granting it an R rating. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Grindhouse (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ Ain't It Cool News reported that according to Tarantino, only minimal cuts were made to avoid an NC-17 rating, which ended up totaling 20 seconds. It it unclear which segments in the film were censored for the theatrical release.

The films ("Planet Terror" and "Death Proof") were each released separately on DVD in extended versions. While much gore has been put back in to the extended release, the audio commentary has Rodriguez mentioning that only one scene was trimmed for MPAA approval. Even still, watching the scene on DVD and hearing his comments, it's not clear that the brain munching sequence on the car bonnet has been restored to its full length, since the edits (artificial print damage and whatever else) make it look cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Gummo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ Hamony said in an interview that Gummo was the first film rated NC-17 for "nihilism," and that he had to cut an extended shot in the cockroach infested house that showed the youngest kid huffing too. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Halloween 5 (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. (96 mins.)
“ The film had been fighting an X rating with the violence, blood, and gore. Some scenes were trimmed down to keep it rated R, including a shot of Mike quivering on the ground after Michael stabs him in the head with a hammer claw, a shot of glass embedded in Officer Eddy's face after Michael punches through the windshield, and Billy's leg being hit by the Camaro.

In the infamous laundry chute scene, Jamie was originally stabbed in the leg but the shot was cut from the film by the MPAA because it was deemed "too disturbing". Danielle Harris still owns the prosthetic leg. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans. (87 mins.)
Director: Joe Chappelle
“ Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is notorious among Halloween fans for having multiple versions. The original version of the film (dubbed The Producer’s Cut) had poor test screenings and the studio ordered extensive reshoots. The film was then submitted to the MPAA but there were scenes of violence in the reshot footage that earned the film an NC-17. The Producer's Cut was long in-demand but was finally released on blu-ray in 2014. However, the Director's Cut which contains the uncut scenes of violence in the theatrical cut has yet to be released. These scenes include:

- Jamie, who is impaled on the machine is holding her arms towards Michael for another moment. Michael for his part is also holding his arms to Jamie for a bit longer before he pushes her further back. The camera sways a bit further below while Jamie is being milled; more blood is being spilled and the back view of Jamie who is screaming while bobbing up and down on the working machine is also a bit longer.

- Michael presses the doctor’s head through the bars so hard that it starts to dissipate. After he pushes the head completely through the bars, single pieces fall down on the other side on the ground before finally the grid falls out of its frame as well.

Unfortunately the director’s cut misses the much more brutal and bloody surgery-scene, in which, among other things, a nurse gets disemboweled by Michael and Dr. Wynn gets decapitated. Those scenes had initially been shot, but were removed before the release of the theatrical version, to be able to potentially use the character Dr. Wynn in sequels. This scene has never been released uncut in any of the versions of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday. (111 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ The film was submitted to the MPAA numerous times only to keep getting slapped with an X rating due to the gruesome murders. The following bits ultimately had to be trimmed for an R rating:

- Bernadette's throat gushing blood
- A graphic image of Etienne mutilated by the dirt bike
- More gruesome brain surgery shots
- A bloodier impact of the bench press on Greg
- A more violent bludgeoning of Dr. Faraday with the poker.

The film finally got an R rating after these cuts. There are some rare prints circulating on the Internet that have the complete and uncut murder sequences.

And according to an "The Terror Trap: The Beauty & The Beasts" interview with Lisa Langlois, her character Amelia was originally killed off. In the first cut of the film, her character got an axe to her head. Langlois was told by David Douglas (a cameraman on the set) that the film would have been rated X if they kept that scene intact. So instead, the producers decided to make her look like the sole survivor in the final release. The producer, John Dunning, has also stated that he found “a big box of trims” although it has not been confirmed if the trims are the censored scenes. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Hard Target (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process. (97 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ John Woo's directing debut in Hollywood, starring Jean-Claude van Damme during the peak of his career, was not received well by the MPAA. Instead of the targeted R-Rating, it was branded NC-17. The movie had to be recut six times before it was finally given the R-Rating. The infamous earlobe-cutting scene was even then discussed heavily in the media although there was not much left of it when the heavily cut R-Rated version was released to cinemas.

The version which is now known as the Unrated of the movie was first released on VHS in countries like the UK. It is a lot longer than the Theatrical Version but does still not included every scene, especially the one with the earlobe. Over the years, several unofficial workprints and leaked Sneak Previews have emerged and handed around among fans or sold at various online shops for sometimes horrendous prices.

The workprint's quality is absolutely terribly, the counter is still in the picture and some of the scenes have not even been edited. However, at least it is complete. The Sneak Preview Version at least is finished and also complete, but has nevertheless never been officially released and all the available versions lack image quality. Both versions might be interesting for a hardcore collector, but certainly not for a nice movie evening.

Considering today's unrated torture porn movies and the fact that there obviously are some uncut versions of Hard Target in existence, the question why it has not been released uncut yet is certainly more than justified.

The Director's Cut version is 116 minutes long, including about 20 minutes of graphic footage originally removed to avoid an NC-17 rating. Scenes Included in the 116min Directors Cut Include:

- Additional dialog at the beginning where Van Cleef tels Lopaki (the guy with the arrows) that he shoots like a buffoon and next time he will charge him double.

- The ear cutting scene is intact.

- A three minute scene of dialog between Natasha and Chance which takes place in Chance's apartment. She is patching him up after the beating he got while looking for dog tag, he puts the moves on her, she leaves then comes back saying she has changed her mind. A still from this scene appears on the liftout that comes with the American DVD release.

- While Fouchon is playing the piano there are several shoots of news or documentary footage showing elephants, deer etc being shot down by hunters. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the film.

- Before Fouchon drops the letter opener on the floor at the coroners house he has additional dialog that describes what happens when a hunter dies in Africa.

- When Roper dies he is shot then gets up and is then hit with another volley of bullets.

- In the motorcycle chase, before Chance takes out a second biker he takes out an oncoming car instead of another guy on a motorcycle, the car tumbles over and explodes.

- Before Chance stops the motorcycle near the roadblock, another vehicle with Fouchon's men pass by and shoot his motorcycle.

- Scene where Chance takes on a vehicle with his motorcycle is extended, he fires more shots at Fouchon's men.

- When Chance and Natasha firt meet up with Douvee and Chance jump around and start singing before Chance introduces Natasha.

- Most of the deaths in the Mardi Gras Graveyard are longer and juicier (people being shot 30 times instead of 10 etc)

- In the directors cut the final fight between Chance and Fouchon (in which Chance utters the line "Hunting Season Is Over") is missing. Instead Chance does the runnup as Fouchon shoots, kicks him into the garbage pile, throws the grenade and Fouchon is blown up. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ In an issue of Fangoria Clive Barker said, "The MPAA took out about twenty seconds in order for the film to receive an R rating, and it's still a tough picture."

The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating:

- Two and a half shots were excised from the first hammer murder, including a closeup of the hammer lodged in the victim's head.

- In the scene where Julia murders another man, the actor playing the victim felt that it made sense for him to do so naked. The nude murder scene was shot but, ultimately, replaced with a semi-clothed version.

- Close-ups of Kirsty sticking her hand into Frank's belly, exposing his guts.

- Longer version of the scene where Frank is being torn into pieces by the Cenobites' hooks. Final shot where his head explodes and his brain messily splashes out was also cut.

In interview for Samhain magazine in July 1987, Barker mentioned some problems that censors had with more erotic scenes in the movie: "Well, we did have a slight problem with the eroticism. I shot a much hotter flashback sequence than they would allow us to cut in.... Mine was more explicit and less violent. They wanted to substitute one kind of undertow for another. I had a much more explicit sexual encounter between Frank and Julia, but they said no, let's take out the sodomy and put in the flick knife."

Barker also said on the commentary for the movie that seduction scene between Julia and Frank was, initially, a lot more explicit; "We did a version of this scene which had some spanking in it and the MPAA was not very appreciative of that. Lord knows where the spanking footage is. Somebody has it somewhere…The MPAA told me I was allowed two consecutive buttock thrusts from Frank but three is deemed obscene!"

On the audio commentary of the US DVD, Barker said that he could have restored this footage but decided not to, saying he preferred the way it played. This is also true of the bit where Kirsty sticks her hand into Frank's abdomen, and a few others. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hickox
“ Released uncut on VHS but not DVD. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Hills Run Red (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art. (81 mins.)
Director: Dave Parker
“ On episode #107 of the Killer POV podcast, the writer of the film David Schow states that scenes were cut from the film for content by producers even though they were in the script. According to David, they have been trying to get all the cut scenes from Warner since the film was released but have been unable to do so. Cut scenes could include William Sadler’s character Concannon naked beating his wife and a sequence with Babyface raping Serina. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Hisss (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form. (98 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Lynch
“ The feature-length documentary "Despite the Gods" states that the producers rejected Jennifer Lynch's final cut of the film and recut it without her involvement. Jennifer's original version has never been released. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Horror Show (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience... (95 mins.)
Director: James Isaac
“ The Horror Show was heavily cut for R rating. Not only that some scenes were cut down but also some scenes were removed completely to avoid getting X rating by MPAA. There are edits to shots of severed legs in a meat grinder, a close-up of Max’s pulsating face as he’s being electrocuted, the staircase fight and some bloody shootings. Although there is an European version which includes some extra gore and violent scenes, full uncut version was never released. Some stills show some scenes which were deleted and not included in any version of the movie; Bonnie's birthday scene where blood spills out of her birthday cake, scene showing Bonnie's dead boyfriend being torn in half, and scene where Lucas pulls his chest open and then his heart is shown. ” - mysteriousbluebox
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Apparently some violent footage was lost when Universal dropped the film. Actually, they dropped the film because they feared it would receive an NC-17 rating.

When Rob Zombie was looking for a distributor, he removed a few scenes in order to be able to sell the movie better, cutting the film from 105 to 89 minutes. The original version was, however, shown at the Argentinian Film Festival, which was why there are many reports of what the lost scenes look like available. Additionally, Rob Zombie had to cut the movie even further in order to get the R-Rating in the US. It would be very interesting to see the original version, especially because many viewers were disappointed when by the released cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The House on Sorority Row (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation. (91 mins.)
Director: Mark Rosman
“ According to the trivia section on IMDb: "A few minor edits had to be made to some of the more violent moments in order to secure an R rating."

The death scenes appear to be choppy but there is no information on what specifically was cut and how much. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Innocent Blood (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger. (112 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ The movie was censored by the MPAA prior to the theatrical release. However, the uncensored version was released in Germany on VHS at the time. The cuts include:

- Marie rips out a peace of Sallie's neck. After spitting out the flesh, she bites him again. The R-Rated Version contains an alternate, more harmless shot of Sallie being bitten.

- Extended sex scene between Marie and Joe in the Unrated Version. Marie is being shot in profile, Joe from the front.

- Additional shots of half-naked strippers dancing in front of Sallie in the Unrated Version.

- An alternate and more revealing shot of Joe shooting a vampire in the head.

- An additional shot of Sallie burning at the end of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jade (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves. (95 mins.)
“ A Director's Cut was released on VHS but has never made it to DVD or Blu-ray in the US. The movie is about 12 minutes longer and offers new storyline sequences as well as extended sex scenes which were cut in order to ensure the R-rating. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jason X (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century. (91 mins.)
Director: Jim Isaac
“ This film was censored by New Line to avoid an NC-17 rating so most of the kills had to be trimmed. None of these censored scenes are featured on any DVD or BD release, neither in the film nor as a special feature.

The region 1 DVD commentary notes scenes that were edited to avoid an NC-17. The scenes are:

- A less bloodier take of Dr. Wimmer's spear through stomach scene.

- A very small amount of frames were removed from the shot of Adrienne's head after it was shattered (the bloody stump).

- The scene where the Grunt get "screwed" was edited to remove some more footage of his body spinning down the giant screw. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ This has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray with the original ending, which was the shark being impaled by the boat and collapsing on the boat sinking it. This ending was re-shot after a test screening and the version released into theaters features the shark blowing up after it gets impaled. The original ending can be seen on some TV broadcasts of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie. (104 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ The film originally received an NC-17 rating. Numerous scenes had to be cut down for an R, including footage of George Carlin and Jay and Silent Bob's arrival to Hollywood. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ The sequence where the Creeper eats a tongue was originally trimmed to avoid an "NC-17" rating. However, the uncut version of this scene is available in the supplemental section on the US DVD. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Longo
“ The Japanese version (director's cut) is rather different from the international re-edited cut. It runs ca. 10 minutes longer (the additional scenes focus mostly on Takeshi Kitano's character Takahashi), some additional scenes are intact whereas they were committed in the other version), in other scenes different camera angles were used. It also has a different score composed by Mychael Danna (Brad Fiedel was brought on later re-score the picture) and more violence.

There are three extended scenes revolving around the character of Takahashi, as the actor portraying this character, Takeshi Kitano, is a popular entertainer/director/actor in Japan. These scenes include: Takahashi sitting in what appears to be his late daughter's room, watching a 3D hologram of his daughter playing; Takahashi watching a videotape of his daughter while self-medicating, and Takahashi killing two of Shinji's henchmen as punishment for bringing them under his command without permission.

A number of other differences exist in the Japanese version. There is no "laser" effect added to the opening text, which is plain, white and scrolling. The scene near the beginning with the protesters is longer, with extensive crane shots and the voice of a news anchor in the background. There is a scene added in the Beijing Hotel where Johnny obtains the "memory doubler" from a dealer who informs him that he was unable to get an upgrade as advanced as was originally agreed upon. In the scene in the men's restroom at the club where Ralfi (Udo Kier) yells at his bodyguard for hitting Johnny on the head, the bodyguard states that it had been a long time since she was in this room. In the book, the Dog Sisters (bodyguards) are muscle grafted creations, and are lovers, one of whom was originally a man. Jane refers to her grenade as a "bottle opener" on two different occasions instead of the US dialogue that refers to it simply as a grenade. The Street Preacher (also known as Karl Honig and played by Dolph Lundgren) character has an added scene where he is addressing his followers where he claims to have been "stricken by the sickness that devours the silver pathways of the soul," and has been healed by the Lord making him "post-human." He then notices Takahashi's henchmen arriving with a cryogenic container (for Johnny's head) and tells his followers that he must now leave to meditate. Throughout the movie, his character has a few extra lines that are shouted out during action scenes.

There are minor additions (usually less than a second or two in length) throughout the film. The scenes where the troops storm the bridge near have been edited resulting in a slightly different order of events. The final "hack your own brain" sequence has also been similarly edited with the inclusion of altered dialogue. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ Director Quentin Tarantino intended to produce Kill Bill as one film. With a budget of $55 million, production lasted 155 days. Harvey Weinstein, then co-chief of Miramax Films, was known for pressuring directors to keep their films' running times short. When Tarantino began editing the film, he and Weinstein agreed to split the film so Tarantino could edit a fuller film, and Weinstein could have films with reasonable running times. The decision was announced in July 2003.

The Japanese cut, while only a little over a minute longer than the US cut, features not only a full color version of the "House of Blue Leaves" fight, but some quick new shots in the anime scenes as well as some alternate footage, most cut/altered to avoid an NC-17 rating:

- The opening scene between The Bride and Vernita Green has two alternate angles shown when The Bride asks for a towel instead of keeping the overhead shot.

- In the anime sequence, one of Boss Matsumoto's men has his face smashed into a wall twice, rather then just once.

- In the anime sequence, when O-Ren Ishii kills Matsumoto and tells him to look at her face, she asks him to look at more facial features (nose, chin. etc.) to be recognized, and then before pulling the knife out, there is a close up shot of her moving the knife up his stomach and then finally pulling it out. There are a couple of close up shots of Matsumoto's face as he's dying as well that were eliminated from the US print and then a pan up shot of Matsumoto's blood covered and disemboweled body.

- The "House of Blue Leaves" fight is not only in full color, but features about 9 new shots missing from the US print which include:

- A close up of the first female Crazy 88 (Julie Manase) gargling blood after being pinned to a wooden pillar by a sword. This shot, while cut from the US version of Vol 1, showed up in the end credits of the US cut of Vol 2.

- A shot of The Bride stabbing two Crazy 88s at once using her own sword as well as another Crazy 88's sword.

- A ten foot high super backflip that The Bride executes before landing back down to pop out one of the Crazy 88's eyes. This shot appeared in the TV spot teaser, but disappeared soon after.

- After The Bride pops out the one Crazy 88's eye, as another one charges at her screaming, she simply throws the eye into the attackers mouth, causing him to start to choke. The partially armless Sofie Fatale gives a follow up disgusted reaction.

- A shot of another female Crazy 88 attacking only to get slashed in the throat and spraying blood everywhere.

- The first appearance of the "Kid Crazy 88" (the one who gets spanked with the sword). In this shot, we now find out why he's missing a mask later on. As he's about to attack The Bride, she swipes his mask off. We see he's just a kid, and he gives the universal "don't hurt me" sign. The Bride has a look of shock on her face in realizing he's just a kid, so she grabs him, throws him across, knocking 3-4 Crazy 88 into a blood filled mini pool. This shot of the 3-4 falling, while cut from the US version of Vol 1, also showed up in the end credits of the US cut of Vol 2. Overall, this "mini scene" helps establish The Bride's look of surprise even more when she sees the young Crazy 88 the last time... and his follow up "don't hurt me" look even funnier.

- A shot of a Crazy 88 getting slashed across the chest and spraying blood all over a wall.

- When The Bride jumps onto the shoulders of one of the Crazy 88, after she slashes another one across the face, the Crazy 88 she's standing on tries to attack her from below. She parries the attack and cuts his hands off. The shot then cuts to the forward sommersault.

- Since the fight is already in color, the close up "eye shot" of The Bride blinking is cut. Instead, the first part of the close up before she blinks is shown, however, at the point when she normally blinks, there is a replacement medium shot of her standing slightly fatigued and holding her sword out.

- Finally, after the "House of Blue Leaves" fight, is the most infamous of the missing scenes and that is Sofie Fatale's extended "trunk interrogation" scene. After The Bride warns Sofie about cutting off something, instead of cutting back to Sofie in the hospital, The Bride is shown grabbing Sofie's arm and screams "GIVE ME YOUR OTHER ARM!". Sofie starts to panic, but then The Bride chops off her other arm, causing blood to splash onto the screen and Sofie begins screaming again. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Killing Zoe (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl... (96 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
“ The 3 DVD special edition released in France includes the 96 minute theatrical version on disc 1, the 99 minute director's cut on disc 2 and extras on disc 3 (including deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage). The directors cut includes a more detailed heroin taking scene, Eric telling Zed that he is going to give Zoe Aids, a slightly extended fight between Zed, Eric and Zoe at the end and a bloodier death for Eric. This director's cut has not been released in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox