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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 10 Jan 1995 15:51:05 CST
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On 1/10/95, Ulf Dalquist wrote:
>I'm doing research on film violence, censorship and the debate on 'harmful'
>effects of screen and video violce in Sweden. The first Swedish moral panic
>about video was initiated when a TV show screened scenes of 'meaningless,
>extreme violence' back in 1980. Needless to say, the scenes shown seemed quite
>meaningless, since they'd just picked the most violent sequnces they could find
>and showed them completely out of context. The result - increased censorship.
>this programme a sequence with a middle-aged man stumbling around with a scythe
>through the neck was shown. I haven't been able to identify the film. Does
>anyone     hav a clue?
There were lots of low-budget violent exploitation films made in the late
1970's--primarily for the drive-in market (and now many are resurfacing on
cassette).  With just the information above, it might be fairly difficult
to identify this film (blades of various sorts sticking out of people's
bodies were fairly common).  If the background or costuming suggested a
farm setting, my hunch would be that this might be INVASION OF THE BLOOD
FARMERS, but then probably most horror films with rural settings had scenes
like this.
--Richard Leskosky
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois