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Australian Classification Review Board downrates Jigsaw from 18 to 15

Link Here 22nd October 2017
Jigsaw DVD Jigsaw is a 2017 USA / Canada horror thriller by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig.
Starring Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell and Callum Keith Rennie. BBFC link   IMDb

Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.

There has been a bit of a buzz that the latest film in the Saw franchise is perhaps not quite so close to the cutting edge of torture porn. And this has now been confirmed by an appeal against an adults-only R18+ rating from the Australian Censorship Board. The Review Board that heard the appeal have reduced the R18+ rating to MA15+ which would perhaps be called a 15A in the UK system.

The Review Board explained their decision as follows:

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The Review Board considered that the film is a horror movie and as such warrants the MA15+ classification for themes and violence.

The film has a strong theme of a serial killer seeking to get his captives to atone for their crimes that they have not acknowledged. The captives face gruesome, torturous deaths if they do not face their crimes. The Review Board considered that the theme is strong and impactful but that this is justified by the context and can be accommodated at the MA15+ classification.

The film contains numerous violent scenes which are in the context of a serial killer's treatment of his captives. Most of the scenes focus on the threat of violence, such as being dragged by chains towards circular saws, Ann being dragged around the post against the barbed wire, the captives being hung by chains and drawn towards the ceiling, and the tightening of the wires around Ryan's legs. The Review Board considered that these scenes created a strong impact that could be accommodated at the MA15+ classification.

The Review Board particularly noted four violent scenes:

  • the depiction of 'buckethead' with his bucket removed depicting catastrophic head and face injury resulting from the circular blades as seen in previous scenes and the still shots of his head

  • as the captives are being hung Ryan stabs Karly in t he neck with the three syringes and this is followed by a depiction of Karly's eyes turning red as the acid enters her body, and close up of her neck bleeding and her body dissolving from the acid. The Review Board noted that this scene was dimly lit and relatively short -- switching immediately to the setting of the detectives at the mortuary.

  • Mitch is seen being hung over the vortex machine and then being killed by the machine. The Review Board considered that the violence was implied with no detail of his death. The Review Board noted that Mitch's body falls from the ceiling and there is a brief shot of his mutilated body. The Review Board noted that this was dimly lit and fleeting scene with immediate cut away to the detectives leaving the building.

  • Ann is seen to try to shoot Ryan but the gun has been set to fire backwards and Ann is shot. There is a depiction of her lying dead, covered in blood but there is no gunshot wound apparent.

It was the view of the Review Board that these scenes involved horror violence which had a strong impact , but the violent images were justified by the context, fleeting, usually dimly lit and were quickly followed by scenes of the detectives or Dr Nelson away from the violence. The Review Board considered the violence could be accommodated within the MA15+ classification

For comparison the film is rated 18 for strong bloody violence, injury detail in the UK and rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language in the US.


  Boo 2...

Director Tyler Perry speaks of cuts for an MPAA PG-13 rating

Link Here 19th October 2017
Poster Tyler Perrys Boo 2 a Madea Hal 2017 Tyler Perry Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a 2017 USA comedy horror by Tyler Perry.
Starring Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely and Brock O'Hurn. IMDb

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating for sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images.

Director Tyler Perry said that an earlier submission had resulted in an R rating. He attributed this to Madea's pot-smoking brother, Joe, and his foul language. Perry elaborated:

Just language. Joe. Out of control. His language was just really really rough and in PG you could only really say... they only give you so many curse words if you are going to stay PG-13. That was it, just language.


 Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 74...

Link Here 18th October 2017
We Need to Talk About Kevin DVD The BBFC Need to Talk at Length About Kevin

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 Shopping: Torture Garden...

1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis set for UK Blu-ray release on 30th October 2017

Link Here 14th October 2017
Torture Garden Blu-ray Torture Garden is a 1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis.
Starring Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith and Beverly Adams. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:

  • 2017 Powerhouse Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017

There are no censorship issues with this release, but an extended version was released on DVD compared with the Theatrical Version released at the cinema.

The Extended Version has 7 minutes of additional material. The additional footage consists of more scenes of Dr. Diablo introducing devices of torture, a longer electric chair scene, and more footage in the Terror Over Hollywood sequence.

However publicity material for this release states that the film has been re-mastered and the running time suggests that this is based on the Theatrical Version, but this is not yet confirmed.

The film was originally X rated for 1967 cinema release. This was reduced to 15 for 1989 VHS, and to 12 for 2005 DVD.

Promotional Material

From Hammer-rival Amicus Productions comes this horror anthology penned by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho ) and directed by the great British cinematographer Freddie Francis. Genre legend Peter Cushing stars alongside Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith in an omnibus of chilling and gruesome stories, inspired by E.C. Comics' Tales from the Crypt comic-book series of the 1950s.

• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Ramsey Campbell on Robert Bloch (2017, tbc mins)
• Interview with Fiona Subotsky (2017, tbc mins)
• Interview with actor Barbara Ewing (2017, tbc mins) TBC
• Hannah Gordon on husband DoP Norman Warwick (2017, tbc mins) TBC
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• More TBC


 Shopping: Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning...

4 film set for UK Blu-ray release on 30th October with old BBFC cuts just waived for Michael Carreras' Maniac

Link Here 8th October 2017
Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning Blu-ray Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning consists of:
  • MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963)
  • THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964)
  • THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964)
  • FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965)

UK: Released with an aggregate 15 rating for:

  • 2017 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th October
Maniac is a 1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras
With Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray and Donald Houston. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1963 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2017.
The Gorgon is a 1964 UK horror by Terrence Fisher.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Richard Pasco. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. It is not clear if these cuts persisted onto home video which was 15 rated for 1986 VHS and then 12 rated for 2010 DVD.
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Michael Carreras.
Starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Fred Clark. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the UK and US. Originally X rated for 1964 cinema release, 15 rated for 1986 VHS and 12 rated on DVD since 2006.
Fanatic is a 1965 UK horror thriller by Silvio Narizzano
With Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1965 cinema release. An unknown version is 15 rated for home video.

Promotional Material

Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features – including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more – this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 4,000 units. The titles are:

MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963)
THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964)
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964)
FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965)

• HD restorations of all four films
• Original Mono audio
• All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film
• The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
• The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness
• New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay
• New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome
• Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic
• Hammer’s Women – an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead
• Original trailers and promotional films
• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• UK premieres on Blu-ray
• Limited edition box set of 4,000 copies



BBFC cut a Canadian comedy drama over child protection concerns

Link Here 8th October 2017
prankPrank is a 2016 Canada comedy drama by Vincent Biron.
Starring Alexandre Auger, Eric K Boulianne and Normand Daoust. BBFC link IMDb

Stefie, a lonely young boy, is approached by Martin, Jean-Sι and Lea to record their daily pranks with his cellphone. The four prankmeisters decide to set up an antic that goes beyond anything they've done so far... But who will be the victim? PRANK is a funny and cruel coming-of-age story about friendship, peer pressure and the loss of innocence.

UK: Passed 15 for strong language, sex references, nudity, drug misuse after 24s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

The BBFC commented:
  • Cuts were required to remove sight of a young child in the same frame as pornographic images playing on a television screen. Cuts required in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1978.


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