Staff - Help - Contact Search:




Legal Eagles






Dr. Cyclops






Rasputin: The Mad Monk






The Fly Collection




Soulmate Has Problems With the British Censors

Mystery Film Gets BBFC Rating Only After Cuts

The case of Soulmate turned out quite surprising, especially for its director. The mystery film deals with a mourning widow who moves back to the countryside and befriends a ghost. In the UK, it was classified by the BBFC with an "18" rating. And it got that rating only after 4 cuts were applied to the movie. The BBFC deemed it problematic that some scenes show too much detail when a suicide is attempted. They feared that it could provoke reenactment by some viewers.

While it's still unclear whether everything is said and done in the matter, director Axelle Carolyn criticizes the decision via Twitter and wonders why a brutal horror movie like Hostel got through without any problems while her film had to be censored:

  • BBFC has required 4 long sets of cuts for SOULMATE. Otherwise it's banned. Take that, splat pack: I made a video nasty without even trying.
  • The BBFC says, 'Imitable behavior, potential harm.' Basically my opening scene could cause a wave of suicides in the UK.
  • If SOULMATE was in any way the kind of film that seeks that kind of attention, I'd be flattered. But it's not. At all.
  • Some perspective: none of Neil's horror/action movies ever had to get any cut. Yet my Gothic romance has. And this is to avoid being banned!
  • Still marveling at the fact that Eli Roth's HOSTEL movies were passed uncut, yet my gothic romance needs 4 cuts to get an 18 in the UK.

Soulmate's UK release is scheduled for July 21st, 2014. There's still no word on releases in other markets that could be uncut but we'll monitor the situation and will surely provide you with a comparison once it is possible.

UPDATE 25.06.2014: The BBFC database now lists the movie as being rated "15" after 4 cuts with a total runtime of 2:33 min. It has not been confirmed that this is cut but considering the difficulties laid out above, the probability of that is pretty high.

Release: Jun 19, 2014 - Author: Das Wiesel - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Yahoo

The Latest News

Nov 29, 2019 Tammy and the T-Rex: Uncut 4K UHD Gore Cut release (Limited sets available from Vinegar Syndrome)

Nov 12, 2019 Star Wars (1977-1983) in 4K - with new changes (Infamous Han/Greedo scene altered again on the Disney+ VOD version)

Sep 18, 2019 Midsommar - Director's Cut Exclusively on AppleTV? (Longer Version of the Horror Film Only as VOD? France Begs to Differ.)

Sep 18, 2019 Vikings: Season 5.2 - Extended Cut on Blu-ray (10 Extended Episodes Await Buyers in the US)

Sep 16, 2019 Stephen King's IT: Director Teases Supercut (6.5 Hours Running Time And Newly Shot Scenes Are Planned)

Sep 16, 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home - No Extended Cut (Only Theatrical Version on Home Video Releases)

Sep 16, 2019 Irreversible - Scandal Film Gets a Straight Cut (Drama by Gaspar No Gets Recut in Chronological Order)

Aug 31, 2019 RoboCop: Arrow Video Limited Edition with 3 Cuts (Paul Verhoeven's Classic on Blu-ray with Theatrical , Director's & TV Cut)

Aug 22, 2019 John Rambo: UHD With Extended & Theatrical Cut (4K Premiere in the US in September 2019)

Aug 22, 2019 Super Mario Bros. - Is a Director's Cut Possible? (Legendary Film Flop Could Be Extended With Lost Scenes)