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Horns With Uncensored Version in the UK

Pre-Cut Horror With Reversed Censorship on Blu-ray

This autumn we had to report that Alexandre Aja's horror film Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe was censored in the UK prior to its theatrical release. For the reduction from 18 to 15, the BBFC gives details on what had to be altered:

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification ...

 This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 certificate but that their preferred 15 classification could be achieved by making cuts to reduce a scene of sexual violence and to reduce a very strong gory image. When the film was submitted for formal classification, edits had been made and the film was classified 15.

Especially this year, the UK cinemagoers had to endure several examples of films that were censored in favor of a lower rating in order to attract a wider audience. In some unfortunate cases (such as Hercules and Pompeii), those pre-cuts took place during the post-production phase and didn't stay UK-exclusive but were (most likely) implemented worldwide.

In the case of Horns, the BBFC's archive shows that this film is not affected in this manner. The board's database explicitly mentions a 15-rated "UK Cut Version" and an 18-rated "Extended Cut". The runtimes are identical what leads to the assumption that alternate material was used to make the film more harmless. As soon as the film's home video releases hit the UK retail on March 9th, 2015, we'll check it out for sure.

Release: Dec 19, 2014 - Author: Das Wiesel - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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