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Chained stays rated NC-17 in its uncut version

A censored R-rated version will have 1 cut

It didn't go well. We reported that the serial killer film Chained, which was directed by David Lynch's daughter Jennifer and stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Julia Ormond, got slapped with an NC-17 rating (for some explicit violence) by the MPAA in the first round. The producers decided to appeal the rating, though.

However, the appeal process did not change the board's mind and the uncut version of Chained continues to have the commercially deadly rating. Jennifer Lynch was quite disappointed and announced that she'd cut the very graphic throatcut out of the theatrical version, which will be rated "R". She hopes that the uncut version will be released in other ways, one of them being the possibility of showing it as an uncensored and unrated re-release in cinemas (this would only be possible after showing the R-rated cut, according to MPAA guidelines) or releasing it unrated on DVD/BD.

In an interview with the L.A. Times, Jennifer Lynch expressed her thoughts regarding the appeal process:

The one thing they [the appeals board] kept citing was context, that violence in a lot of other films doesn’t feel as intense. I have a lot of compassion for what [the MPAA] does. And they were all very nice and warm in the room. But it doesn’t seem fair to me. I feel like we are being punished because the film was done the way it was set out to be done, which was authentically.


Anchor Bay's marketing director Kevin Carney also gave his opinion on the matter but was a bit more clear what he thinks of the decision:

There were horrific scenes in ‘Hostel 3′ that I can’t get out of my head, but what the MPAA kept saying is that it was context, which seems arbitrary. Compare our movie to ‘Sweeney Todd,’ where 13 or 14 people get their throat slit. There’s an equal amount of graphic-ness. It’s just a different style.


It's all a question of context, it seems. Lynch did, however, raise hopes that fans would get to see the unedited version by adding:

Horror fans will see it and be stunned at the NC-17. They’ve seen much worse.

Release: May 06, 2012 - Author: Jason - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: L.A. Times

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