One site I often visit is Melonfarmers.co.uk, which has a wealth of information and opinion on censorship. As such, the old video nasties of the 1980s often crop up, especially as they are re-released with or without cuts.
This week it was the turn of Fulci's House by the Cemetery, happily now passed uncut. It was the cuts previously made in 2001 that made me wonder:
"Cuts required to two sequences of detailed violence against women (stabs to chest and neck with sharp spike, knife cutting throat), in accordance with BBFC policy on violence, and to take into account recent, successful prosecutions of the uncut version under the Obscene Publications Act 1959."
Now, I don't know about you but violence against women is not something that really comes to the fore when you have a zombie doctor running amok. The New York Ripper, maybe, but Dr Freudstein?
Where was the 'fantasy' aspect, the recognition that it's not real?
What did seem present, however, was a double standard: would violence against men be mentioned in the same way? Probably not, I suspect.
Of course the BBFC is pretty much irrelevant in these days of the internet and region free players anyway - who doesn't already have an uncut import of House by the Cemetery anyways?