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Maniac Practically Banned in New Zealand

Screening Only at Festivals, no Cinemas, no DVDs

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:

"[The ban] is an insult to the intelligence of the adult population of New Zealand and does little more than to serve as an open invitation to illegally pirate the film. We are flabbergasted."

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 or

Release: Jul 25, 2013 - Author: Imbor Ed - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Deadline

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