According to actor Englund, the Japanese version inserted some hard-core shots (obviously not performed by the original actors) into two of his scenes.
The film received notoriety in the UK after being withdrawn as a member of the infamous DPP List of video nasties. For its original UK cinema release in 1978 cuts were made to the scythe murders, the beating of Faye by Judd (as her daughter watches) and flashback images to the earlier sex scene between Buck and Clara. For the 1992 video release the film was cut by 25 secs and retained the cuts to the scythe murders and the beating of Faye, plus additional cuts to the rake murder of Clara by Judd. In 2000 the film was passed completely uncut by the BBFC.
The film is usually known as 'Death Trap' in the UK (probably to avoid confusion with Umberto Lenzi's 'Eaten Alive' (Mangiati Vivi (1980). The uncut pre-VRA video, the 1990s video which is cut by 25s and the 2000 uncut DVD (all by Vipco) retain this title. The 2008 DVD by Video International is uncut, under the title 'Eaten Alive'.