Comparison between the cut R-Rated-DVD and the uncut Unrated-DVD (both released by Image Entertainment in the USA)
- 9 cuts
- Duration: 79,7 sec (= 1:20 min)
Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is Island's contribution to the slasher genre. Out on the ocean, a group of tourists falls prey to a maniac family - the setting is something you don't see everyday and slight parallels to theTexas Chainsaw Massacre are also delivered, also thanks to the participation of Gunnar "Leatherface" Hansen, with whose name the movie is advertised internationally.
The European releases are uncut (the DVDs in Island, Great Britain and Germany are identical) while in the US two versions have been released in December. The uncut version is advertised as usual with a big "UNRATED" slapped on it, the R-Rated version is about one and a half minute shorter.
The main part of the cuts consists of depictions of sexual violence, but a few gory shots had to go as well.
An interesting detail is that not only the front cover of the R-Rated has been toned down but also the amount of blood on the protagonist's face on the back cover has been reduced.
Running time data presented in the following order:
R-Rated / Unrated
The black screen is a bit longer in the R-Rated.
+ 0,6 sec
22:42 / 22:42-23:00
As Captain Pétur (Gunnar Hansen) is hit by the harpoon, the Unrated cuts into the cabin where Bjorn is interrupted in midrape. He clobbers down the screaming Annette, moistens his hand and grabs her crotch.
23:05 / 23:23-23:58
Marie-Anne interrupts the raping. After a "What are you doing, get up there!" Bjorn leaves. Annette reaches for Marie-Anne but she just walks off.
34:19 / 35:12-35:13
Siggi's is lodged in the woman's head in an additional shot.
34:20 / 35:14-35:16
34:22 / 35:18-35:21
Once again. Marie-Anne and Leon are making a break for it, the following shot of Siggi has been removed too.
34:36 / 35:35-35:39
The victim hits the ground.
34:39 / 35:42-35:53
Headbanger cuts the other woman's throat and carries her away in the background while we see the woman with the hammer in her head again. The R-Rated only shows how she is tossed over board.
65:38 / 66:52-66:56
Jean Francois' head is chopped off and flies through the air.
72:16 / 73:34-73:36
Headbanger's head explodes in a closeup.