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The Blood Beast Terror / Island Of Terror Mystery

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Island Of Terror ( 1966 )                                                                   The Blood Beast Terror  ( 1968 )            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The two Australian daybills above are the exact same designs except The Island Of Terror ( which the original title is actually just Island Of Terror ) has a different censorship rating, no distributor credit and has no printer's credit on it also. Although not on the poster the distributor for Island Of Terror is Regent Trading.

The images and actor credits are for The Blood Beast Terror film. Apart from Peter Cushing starring in both films  there is no connection whatsoever as far as I can tell.

Both films were released before the R certificate was introduced and the other ratings changed in their wordings in late 1971. The Blood Beast Terror has the correct classification for its first release in early 1971 but The Island Of Terror has a NRC rating. As the first release again was in early 1971 it would mean the original daybill would have had a Not Suitable For Children rating on it. Both films were released in Sydney on the same day and this being the 28 /1/1971. Whether they were screened as a double bill is unknown to me at this stage.

It is possible the two films were originally banned but as censorship regarding horror films  eased a lot in the very late 1960s and in 1970 & 1971 prior to the R certificate being introduced, that they were again submitted  for classification and passed for release.

My opinion is there would have be an original Regent Trading daybill printed for The Island Of Terror with the Not Suitable For Children on  on it. Sometime later another daybill, being the one we are talking about, was printed by an unknown printer for The Island Of Terror with the NRC rating now appearing on it but the artwork was copied this time from the completely different film The Blood Beast Terror and this being a major mistake. I am even wondering if the NRC rating daybill was even ever distributed as surely someone would have picked up the mistake at Regent Trading but then again even if they did would they have cared and possibly sent it out anyway ? One wonders how the printer working for Regent Trading obtained the Blake Films release material to copy in the first place ?

A major printing error and one wonders how it happened but again it is bound to be one of those unsolved mysteries that seem to attach themselves to Australian daybills. One thing you can say with conviction is Australian daybill history is never dull.




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