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Eaten Alive: Horror film banned from the UK for a decade is now streaming on Amazon Prime

Tom Wood

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Eaten Alive: Horror film banned from the UK for a decade is now streaming on Amazon Prime

There’s a horror film that is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video that was banned in the UK for 10 years because it is so gross. Have a peek at this:

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Yes, it’s called Eaten Alive and it is – as the name suggests – a pretty gruesome film.

Created by Tobe Hooper who brought the world The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - not the critically slammed new one - it contains a selection of incredibly horrific acts and taboo themes throughout.

It’s so graphic and out-there that it was simply too much for the British censors.

Made in 1977, it tells the story of a hotel owner who has lost his mind and starts planning to murder his hotel guests before feeding them to his pet crocodile.

There have been long-standing rumours that the film has a basis in the true story of Joe Ball, who ran an attraction centred around alligators back in the 1930s.

This is just a snapshot of what you can expect. Credit: Mars Productions
This is just a snapshot of what you can expect. Credit: Mars Productions

There have been countless conspiracy theories that Ball was actually using his attraction as a way to ensnare young women, who he would then murder before feeding them to the aforementioned alligators to provide them with food.

It can’t have been a very good alligator attraction, if he was having to feed murdered people to them.

Anyway, back to Eaten Alive.

In the film, Judd – the disfigured hotel owner – starts off on his rampage by feeding a guest who is a sex worker to his crocodile, killing her with a pitchfork first.

Then, he continues to do so until the locals start to notice that the crocodile is swelling up so much that the bodies of the victims are exposed.

On top of that, there’s some animal killing, as well as a load of stabbings and other general gore, enough to leave viewers wondering why they started watching in the first place.

First released in the UK back in 1982 under the name Death Trap, Eaten Alive, it left viewers horrified at what they were seeing.

The film was released unedited in 2000. Credit: Mars Productions
The film was released unedited in 2000. Credit: Mars Productions

It was released on home video, but was later found to be offensive under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and removed from sale in all UK shops.

Eventually, the censors relented and it was released again back in 1992, although 25 seconds were edited out.

Then, the full and uncut version was released in 2000, and now you can find it on Amazon Prime Video if you want to find out what all the fuss was about.

That’s if you haven’t been completely put off by this article, anyway.

Maybe finish your dinner before you start the movie, though.

Featured Image Credit: Mars Productions

Topics: UK News, Weird, TV and Film, Amazon Prime

Tom Wood
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