Compared are the shortened UK-VHS (Vipco) and the uncut German DVD (84 Entertainment / Laser Paradise).
There are 28 missing scenes with a total length of 6 minute and 18.5 seconds.
In the UK, several versions of Lucio Fulci's splatter classic have been released.
At first, the movie was only released in movie theaters for which 34 seconds needed to be removed. After that, a so-called Pre Cert Tape was released on VHS by Vampix (Pre Cert = Pre Certification = not yet rated by the BBFC). This tape later became one of the infamous Video Nasties which is why it's considered a collectable these days.
Furthermore, another tape has been released by Elephant in 1988. In addition to the missing 34 seconds which were cut for the UK theatrical release, further footage with a length of 4:11 min had to be removed. It passed with a BBFC 18 rating. In 1993, another VHS has been released, this time by Vipco. Against other assumptions a comparison now revealed that this early Vipco version is nearly identical to the Elephant VHS. The only difference between the Elephant and this first Vipco VHS is that the Elephant VHS lacks one more scene of plot (10 Seconds). However, most likely this only comes from problems with the master. The following comparison is about the differences of the Elephant/Vipco VHS (the short scene of plot which is only missing in the Elephant VHS is not listed due to the fact that we compared the Vipco version in the first place and then checked the Elephant VHS a few weeks later where we discoverted that both versions are idantical).
In 2001, Vipco made another attempt. For a rerelease on VHS and the first release on DVD, the movie was submitted to the BBFC again. Even though this version lacks way less footage than the elephant tape from 1988, there's still some missing footage with a length of almost 1 minute.
In 2009, Arrow finally made it: the BBFC rated the uncensored version.
Please note: jumpcuts below 3 seconds haven't been considered in this comparison.
The woman is being stabbed in the back of the head, the knife comes out of her mouth.
Lucy goes to the painting to have a look at it.
Missing shots of Norman stabbing the bat several times because she got her teeth into his hand. Lucy and Bob are watching him in shock.
Norman stabs the bat one last time. The bat lets go of his hand and drops dead.
Missing shot of Norman's wounded hand.
Almost the entire scene of Laura getting the iron bar in the chest and neck several times has been removed.
Extended shot of Laura's body being dragged away.
After a shot of the Boyles' residence, a shot of a dictaphone being taken out of a box has been removed.
The tracking shot of several body parts a sliced body in the basement is missing.
Ann's throat gets sliced up.
Several bloody shots of Ann getting her throat sliced up plus the intercut to Bob walking down the stairs to the basement have been removed.
Extended shot of Ann's severed head.
Shot of Bob being stuck in the door to the basement.
Further shots of him being stuck while Dr. Freudstein is walking down the stairs to the basement.
Extended shot of Bob in bed.
Bob batters the closed door to the basement. Lucy hears the noises and checks it out.
Bob keeps baterring while Lucy tries to open the door.
Lucy €reaches for the key and puts it in the lock but she can't turn it around. Then she tries to turn the key around with a knife but she breaks the key.
Bob stops battering and turns to Dr. Freudstein who's coming closer.
Bob stands in front of Dr. Freudstein. He turns around and starts screaming.
Shot of Bob standing in front of the dangling bodies.
Shot of Ann's head on the ground. Then a shot of Dr. Freudstein approaching Bob. Bob turns around and looks at a sliced up body.
Extended shot of Dr. Freudstein pushing Bob's head against the wall.
Norman twists the knife in Dr. Freudstein's body. He removes it and some indeterminable slime with maggots oozes out.
Almost the entire scene of Dr. Freudstein ripping up Norman's throat in a pretty bloody way is missing and so are the intercuts to Lucy und Bob.
Shot of Lucy being dragged down the stairs plus intercut to Bob.
Two more missing shots of it.