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Cry of the Banshee

Comparison:

  • US Version
  • UK Version
Release: Jan 28, 2017 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the US Version and the UK Version (both available on the German DVD by Ostalgica).

Lord Edward Whitman is a strict patriarch who, in cooperation with his son Sean, lets kill most members of the coven of witch Oona. She summons forces of evil in order to get revenge on Edward and his family. The first victim is Sean who apparently gets attacked and killed by some blood-thirsty beast. On the hunt for said beast, a dog with rabies gets taken out and Edward believes everybody is safe now but he could not be more wrong. It does not take long until further bodies show up.

Comparing "Cry of the Banshee" with the two years older "Witchfinder General" is not that far-fetched because in both movies, legend Vincent Price plays a ruthless witch hunter. Due to supernatural elements including werewolves, "Cry of the Banshee" is more of a horror film even though the horror part gets interrupted by the witch scenes (or vice versa?). Once one sees through the rather complicate family constellation, the movie is not actually that bad - despite a few lengths now and then.

For its theatrical release in the US, alterations were made by AIP. Terry Gilliam's opening has been replaced and Edward destroying Oona's coven is now at the beginning of the movie - probably to increase the pace. In the UK Version, this scene comes up after approx. 30 minutes. The scene at the tavern when Sean finds out about Oona has been recut as well. Any kind of nudity is either cut or zoomed in. Also, some violence is missing. The music by Wilfred Joseph has been replaced with new music by Lex Baxter.
[00:00:00][00:00:00]

The title differs.

UK:



US:



UK: 13 sec
US: 15 sec


[00:00:21][00:00:24]

In the UK Version, Terry Gilliam's animated opening follows the Edgar Allan Poe quote.



The US Version here contains a coven scene - later also in the UK Version, except it is shorter in the US Version (please see subsequent cuts).

Then a new opening.



UK: 1:46 min
US: 5:57 min

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[00:30:58][00:00:34]

One of the men is sneaking up.



UK: 4 sec


[00:31:09][00:00:41]

That man again.



UK: 5 sec


[00:31:39][00:01:07]

Missing to the man and then to the altar.



UK: 7 sec


[00:32:30][00:01:51]

When the girl is lying on the ground, her breast pops out.



UK: 1 sec


[00:32:33][00:01:54]

The topless chick dies after getting stabbed by the soldier.



UK: 2 sec


[00:32:52][00:02:10]

The man is hiding in the bushes while the soldiers keep hitting their victims.



UK: 7 sec

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[00:02:59][00:07:13]

In the UK Version, the allaged witch gets branded earlier.



UK: 2 sec


[00:03:07][00:07:19]

Margaret earlier.



UK: 6 sec


[00:03:41][00:07:47]

Margaret gets put before the cart, her shirt gets ripped apart and she gets whipped. The US Version starts later.



UK: 15 sec


[00:04:01][00:07:52]

Margaret gets whipped longer.



UK: 4 sec


[00:04:10][00:07:57]

The shot of Margaret getting whipped starts a bit earlier.



UK: 2 sec


[00:04:29][00:08:14]

Margaret gets whipped. Her shirt is ripped open.



UK: 4 sec


[00:04:40][00:08:22]

Another shot of Edward.



UK: 3 sec


[00:04:59][00:08:38]

Margaret is being taken to the pole and tied to it.



The US Version shows the scene with Edward instead.



UK: 10 sec
US: 2 sec


[00:05:15][00:08:46]

Margaret gets tied longer.



UK: 2 sec


[00:05:46][00:09:15]

The man had never seen anything like that before and believes his sheep had gotten killed by a beast.



UK: 5 sec


[00:10:12][00:13:36]

After the boy gets stabbed, the shot of the bloody knife is slightly longer.



UK: 1 sec


[00:13:22][00:16:46]

Patricia earlier before she gets kissed by Sean.



UK: 5 sec


[00:13:35][00:16:54]

Sean tears her dress apart and starts kissing her against her will. At the end, it is not quite clear whether she enjoys it or not.



UK: 59 sec


[00:14:44][00:17:05]

The shot of the body being cut down is a little longer.



UK: 2 sec


[00:25:14][00:27:31]

Now the scene at the tavern in the UK Version (at [00:32:46] in the US Version).


[00:27:13][00:34:45]

At the tavern, Bess gets chased longer. One of the men opens her blouse and starts kissing her.



UK: 19 sec


[00:27:34][00:34:47]

Bess gets pushed around between the men. She is being taken to Sean who starts kissing her. She attempts to make a run for it through the guest room.



UK: 31 sec


[00:30:28][00:37:10]

The US Version zooms in on her to avoid nudity.



3 sec each


[00:30:34][00:37:15]

Same here plus the scene is a bit shorter.





UK: 8 sec
US: 8 sec


[00:30:49][00:27:31]

Now the coven scene in the UK Version.

The US Version contains a small of Wolf.



UK: 4:48 min
US: 3 sec


[00:37:16][00:29:11]

Maureen longer in the UK Version.



The US Version shows the wolves one more time.



UK: 1 sec
US: 3 sec


[00:40:49][00:32:46]

Now the scene at the tavern in the US Version. Compared to the UK Version, it is a bit shorter though (please see previous cuts).

US: 4:43 min


[00:43:27][00:40:08]

The shot of Sean's bloody face is longer.



UK: 1 sec


[00:44:26][00:41:06]

Before the funeral, the US Version contains the scene with Oona telling her minions about Sean's death.

US: 13 sec


[00:46:39][00:43:30]

In the UK Version, that scene with Oona comes right after Harry's statement that the dog needs to be killed.

US: 13 sec


[00:55:39][00:52:19]

Cut to Margaret.



UK: 2 sec


[00:55:55][00:52:32]

Ditto.



UK: 1 sec


[00:57:44][00:54:20]

And again, the US Version zooms in on Margaret in order to make her breasts disappear from the screen.




13 sec each


[00:58:11][00:54:47]

Same here.



7 sec each


[00:58:53][00:55:29]

Ditto when Margaret loses consciousness.




8 sec each


[01:01:19][00:57:55]

Cut to Patricia. Then blood some blood spatter on the wall.



UK: 1 sec


[01:01:43][00:58:17]

Patricia's body earlier.



UK: 4 sec


[01:01:51][00:58:21]

Right before the funeral, the US Version contains the scene with Oona saying that Patricia was dead.

US: 9 sec


[01:03:35][01:00:14]

In the UK Version, this scene comes right after the funeral.

UK: 9 sec


[01:04:04][01:00:34]

Now a shot of soldiers rolling a cartwheel in the UK Version.



UK: 8 sec


[01:08:53][01:05:15]

The remains of the burned girl a bit earlier.



UK: 3 sec


[01:09:40][01:05:59]

Roderick longer when he gets his butt kicked by Edward.



UK: 3 sec


[01:09:43][01:06:00]

The shot of Edward kicking butt is longer as well.



UK: 2 sec


[01:10:31][01:06:46]

Roderick gets punched in the stomach after he gets chained up. Bully Boy leaves the room.



UK: 16 sec


[01:10:49][01:06:48]

The US Version only shows Bully Boy leaving. The punch in the stomach is missing.



US: 6 sec


[01:13:35][01:09:36]

Harry on his way to the coven a little longer.



UK: 2 sec


[01:26:00][01:22:02]

The back of Maureen's body slightly longer.



UK: 1 sec


[01:26:10][01:22:11]

Harry's body longer.



UK: 1 sec


[01:26:20][01:22:20]

Bully Boy's body on the carriage longer.



UK: 1 sec
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