Maniac Practically Banned in New Zealand
While Alexandre Aja's Maniac had no censorship issues in the US or UK and could be released in its uncut version, it didn't get a classification in New Zealand. Public cinema screenings and a release on DVD/Blu-ray is not permitted. Only festivals and e.g. film courses at universities offer the exception. The broad public is not supposed to view the movie.
The violence itself is not the issue. The film isn't that much ahead of its genre colleagues in that aspect. But the fact that the film is shown from the killer's point-of-view is a problem for the ratings board of New Zealand. The board members see a possibly negative effect for the citizens.
The distributor has this to say about it:
They will try to use any option they have so that the film doesn't have to suffer from these restrictions. Until then, the only possibility to watch the movie there is the New Zealand International Film Festival. If you live in NZ and want to own the movie, you can order it at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
Feb 19, 2017 Phenomena - 4K Remastered Release by Arrow Video
Feb 19, 2017 Fifty Shades Darker Gets an Unrated Version
Feb 19, 2017 Office Christmas Party: Unrated Edition on Blu-ray
Feb 10, 2017 Evil Dead  – Unrated Edition in Japan
Feb 09, 2017 Silence – Cutting Room Talk & Extended Cut Chances
Feb 09, 2017 The Lost City of Z – Censored for PG-13 Rating
Feb 09, 2017 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Comes in HD
Feb 04, 2017 John Wick 2 Only Censored in UK Cinemas
Jan 25, 2017 Bad Santa 2 – Unrated Version on Home Video
Jan 25, 2017 Incarnate – Demon Horror Gets Unrated Version