Nutters are urging councils to bar horror film Saw VI as 'concerns mount' over its grisly content.
The certificate 18 movie, which has shocking scenes of murder and torture, is set for release at Halloween.
However local authorities are able to block films and Tory MP Julian Brazier has urged them to ban Saw VI .
He said: The British Board of Film Classification is passing more and more violent films.
But councils do have the power to ban such films and I welcome any taking this tough line.
Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch, called for tighter controls. She said: Studies link exposure to film violence with violent behaviour. If there is the slightest chance that media violence can cause harm, is it worth the risk?
[always worth considering parallels with religion. Studies link exposure to religion with violent behaviour. If there is the slightest chance that religion can cause harm, is it worth the risk?]
But Sue Clark of the BBFC said: We believe adults should be free to choose their own entertainment.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMPI) International's Spanish arm has had to postpone the release of its horror film Saw VI nationwide in Spain because the film was given an X rating for extreme violence by the Spanish government's
film institute, the ICAA.
This is the first time a non-pornographic Spanish film has been given such a rating which means that the film can only be released in eight Spanish cinemas normally dedicated to pornography.
WDSMPI had planned to release the film with 300 prints in commercial Spanish cinemas nationwide yesterday but has instead been forced to appeal the decision made by the ICAA and postpone the film's release.
All five of the previous Saw films had been given an 18 certificate in Spain and enjoyed success at the local box office, but the ICAA ruled that the sixth instalment was too violent and therefore warranted the X rating.