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Ghostquake

original title: Haunted High

Comparison:

  • Censored US Version
  • Uncensored SyFy Version
Release: Jul 23, 2013 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB
Ghostquake may be better known to some viewers as Haunted High. It is a cheap horror movie produced by the US TV channel Syfy and revolves around the ghost of a sadistic school principal who comes back to haunt students. Oftentimes, Syfy chooses to apply censorship to its airings and those who are interested in seeing the uncensored version will have to grab the DVD/BD instead. With Ghostquake we get the opposite situation. Surprisingly, the TV version of the movie is more brutal than the home video releases. Unfortunately, the harmless version got distribution to other countries such as Germany, as well. (So if you're looking for a foreign alternative and stumble upon the German release with the "UNCUT" sticker on the front - that is correct since there are no additional cuts but it is still based on the harmless version).

The censorship has always to do with the numerous death scenes in the movie and makes use of alternate footage, digital alterations or simple zooming in order to avoid too graphic details. Although the uncensored version isn't a real slaughterfest either, it is definitely more fun to watch if you have time to kill.


Comparison between the German DVD (by Great Movies / identical to the US releases) and the US Syfy-version.

21 alternate scenes = no time difference
0:17:39: The DVD is more harmless when the librarian dies. While SyFy shows how the wooden floor closes back up and cuts the woman in half (featuring a separate shot of blood spurting on the floor), the DVD stays with her trying to grab the ghost.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:18:04: The DVD shows an exterior shot of houses while SyFy features another shot of the dead librarian lying on the floor with her upper body half cut off.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:26:26: Rob's flaming martyrdom can only be seen on SyFy in its entirety. After his arm catches fire, the DVD changes to an exterior shot of the air duct and Rob's screams are audible. SyFy shows much longer how Rob suffers from the flames and how Danforth laughs at him diabolically.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:27:24: The shot of the dead teacher is SyFy-exclusive. The DVD has a continuing shot of the shocked Quentin and Amber.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:27:29: Different image detail on SyFy where the teacher's dead body is seen more clearly. It also features a close-up of the body while he DVD focuses on Quentin approaching it. This is continued throughout the scene. It's either the DVD using harmless alternate material or a zoom that avoids displaying the body as good as possible.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:38:10: The frog is stabbed in a close-up on SyFy. This happens a second time shortly after.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:38:57: A frog gets stepped on in a bloody way. The DVD is more harmless once again.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:40:21: As the stand is pushed together resulting in Mr. Garland being crushed to death, both versions have different views. SyFy shows that blood is gushing out of the stand. It's safe to say, though, that Mr. Garland is probably dead in both versions.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:45:35: As Cold and Blake meet Stu in the hallway, his mouth is sewn together and bleeds. He can't breathe and Colt cuts the threads but they grow back together immediately. Stu suffocates to death eventually. SyFy shows Stu with his mouth several times and the DVD tries passionately to avoid that view by using either alternate shots of Blake or zooming the picture so that no details are visible.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:48:12: As the head explodes, the DVD changes quickly to an exterior shots of the houses while SyFy shows blood splattering against the wall. The exterior shot of the houses is shorter here.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:48:57: The syringes are stuck in coach Hoover's arm and this is easier to see on SyFy.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:49:08: As Danforth uses the defibrillator on coach Hoover, the DVD zooms in a little.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:49:33: When China searches for Kimberly, the take is different right from the beginning and zoomed-in more. As she enters the washing room, the zoom avoids the display of the bloody wall. Also, the DVD stays with China while SyFy shows Kimberly's body lying in a pool of blood.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



0:55:17: SyFy teases a shot in which Dex's extremities are torn off. The wheel of the apparatus is also spilled with blood while the DVD is pretty much harmless in comparison.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:06:43: The ghost woman touches dead China's face.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:09:02: As Blake explodes in the shrinking room, a little blood splashes in the uncensored version.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:14:47: The sight of Colt with his bloody stomach wound and how he dies is zoomed once more on the DVD.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:15:37: SyFy shows the dead teacher once more while the DVD stays with Quentin and Whitney going downstairs.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:19:46: SyFy suggests a little clearer that the possessed Quentin stabs Ortiz. The DVD stays with Quentin.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:20:02: Quentin looks at the bloody dagger and the DVD zooms this.
No time difference

DVDSyFy



1:20:30: As Whitney passes the stand that crushed Mr. Garland earlier, SyFy shows more of the bloody stand than does the DVD.
No time difference

DVDSyFy

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