|25th June |
Supporting the NC-17 hype for Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2
The MPAA has handed down an NC-17 rating to Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 .
DreadCentral reports the Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 is riddled with some of the most insane bits of violence and kills we've ever seen .
Rob Hall said: I think it's great the MPAA had a problem with almost every kill in the film. If they didn't, we wouldn't have done our jobs correctly. They have a job to do, and so do I ... and luckily Image [Entertainment] has been super supportive
and has committed to releasing the film UNRATED and on Blu-ray, which makes me happy. Just to clarify, there will be a rated R cut as well, but I think most outlets will prefer the hardcore unrated cut ... I know I do.
|17th June |
Interview with Alan Jones about Human centipede II and Frightfest
See article from
Has someone at FrightFest already seen Human Centipede Part II , and if yes, did the board make the right decision?
Alan Jones: Yes, and no. Tom Six has rightfully pointed out it is
a work of fiction, so what's the problem? I must say the BBFC's statement revealing much of the plot was unforgivable. What no one has pointed out yet is that the movie is in Black and White and therefore even more of a limited commercial proposition. I
can't say any more on the subject because although many people know FrightFest is mentioned in the movie, and we get name-checked individually, there's a lot more to it than that. I do remember when Tom screened the movie, Video Nasties documentary
director Jake West said it was going to run a foul of the BBFC and we all laughed. Well, he was right after all.
...Read the full article
FrightFest 2011, the UK's biggest genre film fest, runs from Thursday 25 August to Monday 29 August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on 1st July. Festival and day passes go on sale from 2nd July. Tickets for
individual films on sale from 1st August.
|16th June |
Indonesian cinema goers are already denied Hollywood films and are now set to lose their 2nd choice of local sexy ghost films
An Indonesian tax has already put an end to Hollywood films being shown in Indonesian cinemas.
To fill the void the cinema trade turned to local films, most of which seem to be from the low budget ghost film genre.
Now the Indonesian
censors are taking aim at this, already 2nd choice, cinema programming.
Muklis Paimi, head of the board, known as the LSF, appeared to suggest it would consider banning the popular genres for screening.
We want to use the upcoming
Ramadan [Muslim fasting month] as the right moment to suggest that filmmakers stop making low-quality movies with a lot of sex scenes in them, Muklis told Metro TV:. We will not pass any movies exploiting those two things.
filmmakers to make movies with educational values.
He added that the LSF also welcomed any filmmakers wishing to discuss the concepts of their upcoming movies: If they want to make such movies, they have to have a dialog with us first. The
current practice is, [filmmakers] only come to us once their movies are finished .
He said the current situation posed a dilemma for the LSF: It's problematic. If we censor the movies too harshly, the movie producers will hold a rally
against us, saying that they will suffer material damages if we do not recommend their movies. In the end, it will affect the national film industry. But when we are being lenient with our censorship, we will receive protests from the Indonesian Council
of Ulema (MUI) and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) .
|15th June |
Interview with Tom Six about The Human Centipede II
See article from
When Tom Six first learned of the British Board of Film Classification's refusal to classify his latest film, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) , he was overjoyed. The BBFC helped to generate an enormous amount of publicity for my
film, said the Dutch director. It is incredible when everyone is talking about your movie.
But then I became really angry. How can it be that adults are not allowed to choose whether or not to see a film? It really felt like Britain
was behaving like China. This kind of censorship is ridiculous.
...Read the full article
|14th June |
The critical reception of a 'rape film'
See article from
Irréversible is a non-linear depiction of the rape of a young French woman, Alex, and the search for revenge carried out by her partner along with a friend and former lover of Alex.
Often dismissed as gimmicky, the story is told from the end to the beginning. Opening on horrendous acts of violence with no explanation ties the viewer to the film and if one is to understand, they must endure it in its entirety.
There are two key scenes in Irréversible which are the most talked about, firstly there a scene in a gay nightclub where in a case of mistaken identity, a manís arm is broken and another has his head bashed to
pulp with a fire extinguisher. Secondly and more infamous is the nine minute rape scene of Alex (Monica Bellucci). Throughout the nine minute ordeal the camera stays completely static, in stark contrast to the rest of the film where the camera movement
is so erratic that it actually caused many viewers to experience nausea at Cannes, and thus the violent spectacle is unavoidable.
...Read the full
|13th June |
Eureka Entertainment and Bounty Films issue press release about the BBFC ban on Human Centipede II
Press Release on behalf of Eureka Entertainment and Bounty Films: Re The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) :
Within the last week, the BBFC announced that it had rejected and was unable to classify for
release on DVD, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).
Bounty Films, and its UK distribution partner Eureka Entertainment Ltd., are disappointed by the decision of the BBFC to deny the film a classification
certificate. While both companies respect the authority of the board, we strongly disagree with their decision.
In support of their decision, the BBFC issued a press release that gave an unprecedented level of detail
regarding certain scenes contained within the film. Whilst it appears customary for the BBFC to issue press releases in support of its decision making, the level of detail provided therein does seem inconsistent with previous releases where the
statements have been more concise. We are concerned this may be prejudicial to our forthcoming appeal.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is adult entertainment for fans of horror films. If a film of this nature
does not seek to push boundaries, to challenge people and their value systems or to shock, then it is not horror. The subject matter of this film is in line with not only the genre, but other challenging entertainment choices for adult consumers.
We respect those who have different opinions about both the film and the genre, and whose opinions may differ to our own, but we hope that the opinions of the adults for whom this product is intended will also be considered.
The adult consumers who would watch this film fully understand that it is fictional entertainment and nothing more.
Classifying and rating product allows the public to make an informed choice about the art and media
they wish to consume. Censoring or preventing the public from obtaining material that has not been proven to be harmful or obscene, is indefensible in principle and is often counterproductive in practice. Through their chosen course of action, the BBFC
have ensured that the awareness of this film is now greater than it would otherwise have been.
Having taken advice on these matters, and in accordance with BBFC guidelines, we will be submitting our appeal to the Video
Appeals Committee in due course.
|10th June |
But I want the right to watch it
blogs.telegraph.co.uk by Brendan O'Neill
I can't understand why there isn't more outrage over the BBFC's banning of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) . Like me, you probably weren't planning to rush out and buy a DVD of this movie, which tells the lovely story
of a bloke who stitches 12 people together to create the eponymous beast while pleasuring himself with sandpaper and barbed wire. But you should nonetheless be angry at the BBFC's blanket ban on the film, its unilateral removal of our right to decide for
ourselves whether to watch it or to snub it. Because it sums up brilliantly the tyrannical elitism of censorship and the BBFC's treatment of the public as potential perverts who are only one sick movie away from going completely mental.
...Read the full
A Disgusting Act of Censorship from reason.com by Brendan
|8th June |
Human Centipede II passed R18+ by the Australian film censor
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six which has just been banned by the BBFC.
It is interesting to note that the film was passed R18+ for public exhibition in Australia. R18+ is equivalent to the UK
18 rating. The Australian censors do not mention cuts or modifications so presumably it is uncut
|8th June |
BBFC ban on Human Centipede II to be appealed
There's a twitter message doing the rounds that says that Bounty Films and Eureka! film distributors will appeal against the BBFC ban on Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).
|8th June |
Delving a little deeper into the BBFC ban on The Human Centipede II
An interesting piece by Jane Fae who analyses the BBFC's justification for banning The Human Centipede II alongside the Video recordings Act, Obscene Publications Act and Dangerous Pictures Act.
decision to ban Human Centipede 2 correct in law?
See article from
blog.indexoncensorship.org by Jane Fae
Those boldly proclaiming on the internet that they'll be getting their own copies of this movie anyway
should beware. Without a BBFC rating, a depiction of rape involving barbed wire wrapped round someone's penis sounds very much like a realistic depiction of an act likely to do serious harm in a sexual context.
other words, extreme porn , possession of which is a criminal offence, liable to punishment by means of a fine, community service or prison. You have been warned!
...Read the full
Too obscene to be seen?
article from eyeforfilm.co.uk by Jane Fae
So how do the BBFC know what is
obscene - and therefore ought not to be released into the public domain: they ask the experts (aka police and CPS lawyers) what sort of material juries are likely to consider obscene. So, according to these experts, juries in many parts of the
country would find the practice of urolagnia (aka golden showers ) obscene.
We asked the CPS if they had any stats as to when the last prosecution in respect of this practice happened. They don't. What we
do know, however, is that prosecutions for obscenity are a dying breed. A report from the CPS themselves has just 82 charges under the Obscene Publications Act reaching the magistrates' courts in 2009-10. It is likely that not all of these succeeded or
Yet the BBFC steadfastly refuse to rate films containing this practice - even extending the ban out to anything that features what they consider to be female ejaculation which, again, with very
little evidence, they maintain is no more than pee - and therefore quite unshowable.
...Read the full article
though Human Centipede II does not count under the Dangerous Pictures Act. The BBFC didn't note it as a 'sex work' so presumably they didn't see it as primarily intended to sexually arouse. And hopefully the barbed wire rape falls short of
explicit or 'realistic'.
Film critic Kim Newman offered up a very plausible angle about the BBFC ban. See
article on facebook.com
He reminds us that one of the founding aims of the BBFC is for it to protect the film industry from prosecution. Given that the Crown Persecution Service have steadfastly held on to their own definitions of obscenity, then the concept of eating shit is still something that falls within their definition.
With this in mind, it seems that BBFC may be wise to ensure that film makers and retailers are protected from the risk of prosecution.
Surely this has got to be a lot more credible reason for a ban than bollox about harm to viewers. It is
pretty near impossible to conceive examples of what 'harm', the BBFC is alluding to. Surely a surreal, unbelievable and uncopyable concept of a surgically created human chain is one of the least likely foundations for fears about taking inspiration for
real world evil acts. Perhaps the BBFC are thinking more along the lines of people suffering heart attacks induced by extreme 'outrage'.
Judging by the amount of internet chatter on the subject, then this could be the first ban of a popular work
since the ban on the game Manhunt . Presumably this will therefore be the first banned work that could result in mass censorship avoidance via internet download. It will be interesting to see if this will pose any challenge to the UK censorship
But maybe if Kim Newman's right and the major objective if for the British film industry to avoid prosecution then, all will have worked fine. The fact that anyone will be able to watch it anyway, no doubt doing no-one any actual harm,
will quickly fade away into old news.
|7th June |
Director Tom Six comments on the ban of The Human Centipede 2
See article from
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six just banned by the BBFC.
Director Tom Six commented to empireonline.com :
Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my movie on your website and thank you for banning my film in this exceptional way. Apparently I made an horrific horror-film, but shouldn't a good horror film be horrific? My
dear people it is a fucking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not. If people can't handle or like my movies they just don't watch them. If people like my movies they have
to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.
|6th June |
Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) banned
See press release
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six. See IMDb
The BBFC has rejected the sexually violent,
and potentially obscene DVD, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The decision was taken by the Director, David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings and
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a sequel to the film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), which was classified 18 uncut for cinema and DVD release by the BBFC in 2010. The first film
dealt with a mad doctor who sews together three kidnapped people in order to produce the human centipede'of the title. Although the concept of the film was undoubtedly tasteless and disgusting it was a relatively traditional and conventional horror
film and the Board concluded that it was not in breach of our Guidelines at '18 . This new work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines
putting the centipede idea into practice. Unlike the first film, the sequel presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation, and the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist. Whereas
in the first film the centipede idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the centipede idea as the object of the protagonist's depraved sexual
The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is the sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and
murder of his naked victims. Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his penis, and a sequence later in the film in which he
becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the centipede being forced to defecate into one another's mouths, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the centipede . There
is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience. There is a strong
focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. It is the Board's conclusion that the explicit presentation of the central character's obsessive sexually
violent fantasies is in breach of its Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.
David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:
It is the Board's carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and
would be unacceptable to the public.
The Board also seeks to avoid classifying material that may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA) or any other relevant legislation. The OPA
prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them. In order to avoid classifying potentially obscene material, the Board engages in regular discussions with the relevant
enforcement agencies, including the CPS, the police, and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Board's view that there is a genuine risk that this video work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), may be considered obscene within the terms of the OPA, for
the reasons given above.
The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this
case and the work is therefore refused a classification.
|28th May |
New Zealand nutters win review of 18 rating for LA Zombie
See article from
The Society for the Promotion of Community Standards is fighting to try and prevent LA Zombie from being shown the Out Takes film festival.
It was given an R18 rating by the Classification Office, with the warning it includes horror,
violence, sex scenes and content that may disturb .
The Secretary of Internal Affairs has granted the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards (SPCS) leave to apply for a review of the decision, which will happen on 3 June, three days
before the film is due to show at the Auckland leg of Out Takes at Rialto in Newmarket.
Out Takes says SPCS has also applied for an interim restriction order that would block it from screening LA Zombie, despite the fact the decision to give it an
R18 rating is going to be reviewed anyway.
|27th May |
Hype for Hangover Part II
Hangover star Justin Bartha claims that he feels so ashamed about some of the disgusting things he saw in Thailand he refuses to talk about them.
The actor plays Doug in The Hangover Part II , the sequel to the hugely
successful 2009 comedy movie.
Justin said he and Ed Helms went to great lengths to research their scenes. They expected part of the plot to see the men spending time in sex clubs, so decided they had better check some out ahead of shooting.
I saw some dirty (stuff) in Thailand that got burned into my eyes. I honestly can't say what because it is so disgusting I feel ashamed for going, Justin told Bullett Magazine: I shouldn't have gone.
|12th May |
Hangover II cut by the British film censor for a 15 rating
The Hangover: Part II is a 2011 US comedy by Todd Philips. See IMDb
This time the stag party fun takes place in Thailand.
The film was passed 15
after BBFC suggested cuts for category for:
The BBFC commented: Ping Pong Show
This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive an 18 classification but that the requested
15 certificate could be achieved by making two cuts to still images seen during the end credits.
- These cuts were to remove sight of a woman apparently penetrating her vagina with a string of material and
- sight of a naked woman, with her legs apart, ejecting a ping pong ball from her
When the finished version of the film was submitted, these still images had been tightly reframed to avoid any explicit or graphic detail and the film was classified 15 .
|1st May |
New Zealand nutters whinge at a film festival showing of LA Zombie
See article from
LA Zombie has been given an R18 rating and will screen in Auckland and Wellington at the glbt film festival. The film was banned by Australian censors.
The film follows an alien zombie who roams the streets of Los Angeles in search of
dead bodies and gay sex, an activity that reveals a gift of shagging the deceased back to life. It has full-frontal nude scenes and zombies with prosthetic cucumber-shaped penises. Starring French porn star Francois Sagat, it features wound
penetration and implied sex with corpses.
The Herald on Sunday says The Society for Promotion of Community Standards is shocked at the decision to allow the film to be screened, and has applied to the Film and Literature Board of Review to have
the decision re-examined.
David Lane, the society's executive director, claimed the film appeared to breach the law by including acts of torture and extreme violence, and by emphasising sexual conduct with bodies of dead people.
Chief Programmer Simon Fulton is confident LA Zombie won't be banned. He says it's definitely for a certain taste: It's grimy and grubby, some people will love it and some won't. It's a silly sort of zombie horror porn thing, but it's loads of fun to
Fulton says the film's use of an alien sexual technique to turn bodies into zombies is what has worried censors in some countries, but he says it's not necrophilia.
Update: Still Stumbling On
June 2011. See article from stuff.co.nz
The annual Out Takes film festival opens tonight at Wellington's Paramount Cinema and runs until June 12.
This year it includes one of the most controversial and talked-about films of the past year - LA Zombie.
The film has become
notorious after it was banned from screening at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Directed by American Bruce LaBruce, it was refused classification by Australia's Classification Board.
|23rd April |
New Zealand to show LA Zombie
See article from
The gay zombie porn flick that caused so much grief in Australia has been included in the line-up for New Zealand's Out Takes 2011 event.
LA Zombie follows an alien zombie who roams the streets of Los Angeles in search of dead bodies
and gay sex, an activity that reveals a gift of shagging the deceased back to life. The work by Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce has full-frontal nude scenes and zombies with prosthetic cucumber-shaped penises. Starring French porn star Francois
Sagat, it features wound penetration and implied sex with corpses.
The film was supposed to screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia last August, but was banned by the Australian Film 'Classification' Board.
time the festival's director Richard Moore told The Age that LaBruce's blend of sex and violence can be confronting, but I would argue that within the context of the festival, it is nonsensical and patronising to not allow people to decide what they
want to see.
LA Zombie had its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London in October and it was reported by The Yorker that at least one-third of the audience walked out stupefied .
The film is to screen at Auckland's
Rialto Cinemas on Monday 6 June and Wellington's Paramount Theatre on Friday 10 June. The Out Takes programme warns that almost all of the movie's content may offend those of delicate disposition.
|19th April |
More details on the US release of a Serbian Film
Srdjan Spasojevic's A Serbian Film will soon be getting a U.S. theatrical and VOD release.
Twitch has done some digging and is reporting that low rent distributors Invincible Pictures will be giving the film a limited theatrical release
on May 13th in cities still yet to be named.
It will arrive on the big screen in an NC-17 cut running 98 minutes, with a longer but still slightly edited unrated version hitting FlixFling at the same time and running 103 minutes.
details are still being worked out, but apparently the theatrical version will land on DVD with the stronger cut getting the high-def treatment.
By comparison the UK version runs 99:25s after 4:11s of BBFC cuts albeit with some cuts substituted.
The BBFC noted the uncut submitted running time as 103:36s.
|16th April |
Hong Kong film draws a good crowd
A Hong Kong film, billed as the world's first 3-D soft porn movie, had a successful opening day in the city, a news report said.
The movie titled 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy drew 30,000 viewers and took 2.78 million Hong Kong
dollars (357,000 US dollars) on its first day, according to the South China Morning Post.
The 3-D movie is a sequel to 1991 Asian erotic movie Sex and Zen which took a total of 18 million Hong Kong dollars.
The film was rated
Category III, which bars anyone under the age of 18 from seeing the film.
|12th April |
Australian censors pass A Serbian Film after cuts on the 3rd attempt
See article from twitchfilm.com
In November 2010, the Australian Classification Board banned the 99 minute uncut version of A Serbian Film.
Distributors Accent then prepared a 97-minute censored version that they hoped would achieve the desired R18+. The
Classification Board had other ideas, and in late February banned the cut version.
Now the Australian censors have passed a 96 minutes version of the film with an R18+ certificate.
Note that the UK version runs at about 95:20s after
having suffered 4 minutes of BBFC cuts. So it appears that the Australians will see a version similar to the cut UK release.
The DVD will be available to rent and buy this August.
|5th April |
The Daily Mail's Chris Tookey has a rant at the 12A certificate for Sucker Punch
from dailymail.co.uk by Chris Tookey
Sucker Punch has rightly been hailed as one of the nastiest films of all time.
Even critics who turned a blind eye to the sexual agenda of last year's Kick-Ass --- which featured
a foul-mouthed 11-year-old female assassin --- have turned on this film's fetishised slutty schoolgirls and its drooling misogyny .
Even some of the teen fans who normally applaud celluloid sex and
violence have denounced it. One warned apocalyptically: Sucker Punch goes beyond awful to become a commentary on the death of movie-making. Hailed as one of the nastiest films of all time, Sucker Punch has been given a 12A certificate
Irresponsible: Hailed as one of the nastiest films of all time, Sucker Punch has been given a 12A certificate
But hardly anyone has noticed that Sucker Punch is the most glaring example yet of
the failure of our certification system.
...Read the full article