In 2002, the US military succeeded in catching a mysterious entity. This thing, which is assumed to have supernatural powers, is held captive in the secret subterranean base "Stormhouse". For the last days of the experiment, they take Hayley Sands, who can communicate with ghosts, to the base in order to get in contact with the thing. But as she arrives, a chain of events is triggered which leads to the escape of the thing. From this point on, the people in "Stormhouse" have to fight for their lives...
The British distributor High Fliers Films wanted to release the movie in Britain with the more desirable BBFC 15 rating. But after an examination, the BBFC 15 was declined and the movie received the BBFC 18 rating. So High Fliers Films decided to "defuse" it. Severed heads, body parts flying through the air, disembowelment or blood fountains have all not been the cause for the higher rating in this case, but rather one little word, the word cunt. This word in this context was not tolerated in a version appropriate for 15 year-olds.
Compared was the UK version (BBFC 15) with the US version (R-Rated).
BBFC 18 ("Uncunt"): 83:36 min. NTSC (without end credits)
Unrated ("Cunt"): 83:36 min. NTSC (without end credits)
1 instance of audio censorship in the UK version without any difference in running time
Audio Censorship in the UK Version:
By now, the thing has taken possession of Justin Rourke and tells Jayley about his intentions. When the word cunt is mentioned, the voice was removed and the volume of the music was increased in the UK version.
No running time difference
Justin: "Justin want to fuck you in your dirty little cunt."