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From the BBFC Archives: Braindead

British Censors Almost Gave it a 15 Rating

While German authorities are convinced that Peter Jackson's Braindead is so evil and gloryfyingly violent that they even see the necessity to restrict it for adult viewers, the censors in the UK had a wholly different opinion 20 years ago. That is now revealed from a release dating back to 1992. For a while now, the BBFC shows interesting cases from past and present and doesn't just demonstrate positive decisions but is also critical with its less fitting assessments.

In the case of Braindead, there were no censorship demands but the quoted rating protocols of two board members show that they did recognize that the film is especially one thing: a great fun ride and not a serious horror film. And according to the initial opinion of these censors, that should have been acknowledged by rating it as suitable for persons aged 15 and over. In the end, however, they decided against that because the expectations that viewers would have for a movie with such a rating could have collided with what the film actually showcases. But a bad effect for teenage viewers has been ruled out (which also marks a huge difference compared to the German colleagues who even thought that cuts of 6 minutes were required for the "18" rating).




Release: Jun 21, 2013 - Author: Imbor Ed - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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