Monday, December 13, 2010

Cannibals, Cultural Poofterism, and Shocking Asians

On a recent shoot in Australia I picked up a copy of Cannibal Holocaust (Siren Visual). I'm a bit of a completist where this film is concerned, so it made sense to pick up a version from my mother country. In the past, it was impossible to acquire a legit, uncut DVD or VHS of the film because it was banned in Australia until 2009.

The cover art, which takes a more subtle route than the American DVD, impressed me. I like the graphic treatment of the inner sleeve art, too.

Thankfully, it's now available uncut.

The passing of the film uncut represents a positive shift in film censorship in Australia (they call it "classification", but they're in denial), and leaves one troubling area of confusion for the censorship gestapo. That area is hardcore pornography and violence. Although hardcore is available for sale and rental in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), where, ironically, Australia's lawmakers are based, it is still not legally available in any of the States. That's one issue.

But the most pressing issue is the confusion in current law arising from strict censorship guidelines which dictate that graphic depictions of sexuality are not to appear in filmed or videotaped works also depicting violence of any sort. This silly law, which is often interpreted literally, prohibits the showing of a film that features a hardcore sex scene and, for example, a scene in which a man or woman is stabbed. The stabbing need not be part of the sex scene itself.

The original intent of the law -- ushered in by cultural poofters who fear their own shadows -- was to ban films featuring graphic sexual violence, but the lazy, loose wording of the legislation has created more problems than solutions.

The recent banning of LA Zombie in Australia (see previous blog) is a typical example of this confusion. The inconsistency of its application is demonstrated by the censors' tacit approval of Lars Von Trier's AntiChrist, a film featuring hardcore sex and -- yes, you guessed it! -- VIOLENCE

Cultural Poofterism will suck the cock of Lars (a straight man), but it will not give LA Zombie's Bruce La Bruce (a gay man) a DECENT reach-around. That's very confusing. And not at all charitable.

Shocking Asia I and II (Stomp) are also old favorites of mine. When I worked as a VHS dubber in the mid-80's, I dubbed thousands of copies of both films for K-Tel Video, the Australian distributor.

Also available in the US from Synergy, the source for these releases seems to be the same old 1" masters that I threaded up onto massive Ampex tape machines.

Watching the film/s again, I discovered that I still like Shocking Asia I quite a bit and find the music just as memorable and catchy as ever.


  1. jervaise brooke hamsterDecember 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Lars Von Trier is heterosexual, there-fore he is a great and diamond geezer. Bruce la Bruce is a dirty faggot, there-fore he is a worthless pile of garbage. By the way, was the copy of Cannibal holocaust as pristine and magnificent as that superb and sumptuous cover suggested?. Phantom, one last item, with all the millions of graphic sexual images now freely available on the internet why are you still wasting your time concerning yourself with what is or isn`t available in shops?, thats all irrelavent and pointless now (thankfully).

  2. I don't understand who this censorship protects. Are parents letting their children watch Cannibal Holocaust and Bruce La Bruce films? Are impressionable perverts watching BME videos and then running wild through the streets hammering the cocks of decent god-fearing men to boards? Does it even make the most backwards ass right-wing zealot rube feel safer? Does the general population even give a shit if their neighbors are jerking off to pseudo snuff films? Australia in particular seems to pass very arbitrary censorship legislation that seems to benefit no one. No right thinking man could correlate movies with morals, then essentially say that the world at large is too fucking stupid to distinguish fantasy from reality. The only The only segment of society who I could possibly imagine would be for this shit is a very small population of holier than thou religious types who think it is their duty to minister to and convert the masses, and of course a select group of politicians who want those idiots to think they're on their side.

  3. jervaise brooke hamsterDecember 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Phantom, i`ve written another truly hilarious com-girl-t over on Soiled Sinemas reveiw of "Baxter" (after the com-girl-t that you left there), its a scream, happy reading.

  4. jervaise brooke hamsterDecember 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    "d" and "Phantom" dont you both realise that all this nonsense is still happening simply because we are living in "THE TIME OF SEXUAL REPRESSION" !!! one of the most loathsome and hideous times in history to have been born into.

  5. d -- I don't understand who it protects, either. It also makes me think that these people have no faith in human beings or education if they think someone can be solely corrupted by a movie. Your BME exmaple is a good one. Yes, are people going to go on a penis-hammering spree after watching one of these vids? What the censors are really doing is simply banning something they find objectionable or gross. Australia does pass arbitrary censorship legislation all the time. It can do this because it doesn't have what you'd call a stable constitution. Everything is movable. The select group groups you mentioned and the religious types are the ones behind this legislation.