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Banned & Censored Films

Dracula (Andy Warhol's Dracula; aka Blood for Dracula; Dracula cerca sangue di vergine... e morì di sete!!!) (1974)

Written and directed by Paul Morrissey. Cast :Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Roman Polanski. Camp/cult star Udo Kier portrays a young demented Count Dracula with an obsession for virgin blood that could mean the difference between life and death. He leaves Transylvania for Italy, presuming his lecherous quest can be satisfied there. Upon arrival, he is befriended by an allegedly wealthy family comprised of four delightfully delicious and promiscuous daughters as well as their deceitful gambler of a father.

Dressed to Kill (1980)

Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz. In this edge-of-the-seat chiller a psychiatrist is faced with the murderous puzzle of the sudden, hideous slaying of one of his patients who is killed with a razor stolen from his office. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Originally rated "X"; later edited and assigned an NC-17 Rating

Ekstase (Ecstasy) (Czechoslovakia / Austria, 1933)

Directed by Gustav Machatý. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Moog, Leopold Kramer, Jaromir Rogoz. Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him.

Et Dieu... crea la femme (And God Created Woman) (France / Italy, 1956)

Directed by Roger Vadim. Juliette Hardy (Brigitte Bardot) is sexual dynamite, and has the men of a French town panting. Antoine, the only man who moves her wouldn't dream of settling down with a woman considered the town tramp. While Antoine's away, his younger brother Michel proposes to Juliette and she accepts out of liking rather than love. But what will happen when Antoine returns? 92 min. En francais: Dubbed into English: Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Exorcist (1973)

Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair. A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Banned in Hattieburg, Mississippi, 1973. Reversed by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. Reversed by the Mississipi Supreme Court.

Female Trouble (1974)

Directed by John Waters. Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. The story of Dawn Davenport-- a headline-seeking criminal who grows from suburban brat into one of the most gruesome murderers of all time. Along the way this 325 pound transvestite checks out other jobs and ways of life. She becomes a mugger, prostitute and unwed mother before turning to murder. "Female trouble" is a campy, bizarre, sadistic romp through society's outer fringe. 98 min.

Flesh Gordon (1974)

Directors, Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm. Cast: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Hunt, Candy Samples, Mycle Brandy, John Hoyt as Professor Gordon. In this popular outrageous spoof of sci-fi films, Earth is thrown onto carnal chaos by a mysterious sex ray emanating from outer space. Flesh Gordon, Dale Ardor and their new found friend Dr. Flexi Jerkoff, must travel to the planet Porno to save Earth from certain devastation by the mad Emperor Wang. 90 min.

Frankenstein (1931)

Directed by James Whale. An adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel about the scientist who creates a terrifying monster. Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster in his laboratory, but his dreams of perfection are thwarted when the monster becomes an uncontrollable beast.

Frankenstein (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein; Flesh for Frankenstein) (1974)

Directed by Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Dalila di Lazzaro, Srdjan Zelenovic. Andy Warhol's gore/sex/horror version of Frankenstein blending high camp and serious filmmaking, has transformed the tale into a stunning cult classic. The mad Baron Frankenstein is married to his sister, Katrin. With their two children they live a demented sitcom family's life; hubby rushes off to his lab and wife complains of neglect. With his trusty servant, Otto, the baron has constructed a heroic female and now plans to make her a male mate.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon. Camp Crystal Lake has been closed for over twenty years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. New owners reopen the camp, only to have each counselor stalked by a violent killer. This 24-hour nightmare of blood unfolds into a film which is widely acclaimed for its horrifying and creative murder sequences. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database