The British Censors and Horror cinema (Antecedents (The censorship goes…
The British Censors and Horror cinema
One thing is for sure - whatever havoc it may wreak, the future could not be any more terrifying for lovers of the genre than the hundred- year - reign of terror from which we are only now emerging.
Whether the BBFC will ultimately prove itself the ally or enemy of horror in the twenty-first century only time will tell.
Generalities of censorship
Contradictory nature > Horror film only acceptable if it's not horrific or not aimed at a popular audience
"of course we had to see blood" > they thought they had no necessity to see blood
In britain, the answer > neutralize and anaesthetize cutting-edge horror movies.
How to make acceptable a brand of film-making which, at its very best, strives to be thoroughly unacceptable?
The censorship goes back to the beginning of the century.
Feb 2000's >
1988 > James Ferman retires from the BBFC. Replaced by Robin Duval
1984 > the government allows certificates that had been issued being viewed in the home
Early 1980's> A rise of unregulated videotapes provided an opening for such material to enter the country on a large scale for the first time.
1970 > BBFC bans two milestone horror films which changed the face of the genre and which now are accepted as major works of art throught the rest of the world. La house on the left (1972) and The Virgin Spring (1960)
1971 > The X certificate, age limit increased from 16 to 18
1979 > The Driller Killer had been passed for certification
1950 > The H category is replaced by X rating (Adults only)
In WW2 > distribution of Horror films was suppressed.
1930 > Dracula (1931) & Frankenstein (31) suffered minor modifications
1922 > Board bans Nosferatu
1920 > BBFC considers banning The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
It demands that the audience's sensibilities be affronted, that decency be damned, and that rules be broken.
Relies upon transgression
HC has always focused upon fluctuating boundaries of taboo.