Scenes Cut From WOMAN IN BLACK, For A Lower Rating?

By on 23 January, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman In Black, Scenes Cut


Studio bosses were forced to re-cut Daniel Radcliffe‘s new supernatural thriller, ‘The Woman In Black‘, in order to land a less-restrictive age rating in Britain. The mere mention of this sends a chill down my spine!


Movie regulators in the U.K. pinned a 15-classification on the flick, an adaption of Susan Hill‘s scary novel, meaning viewers under the age of 15 could not see the movie. However, bosses at Momentum Pictures were keen to land a 12a-rating to open the film up to a younger audience – and as a result, six seconds of “strong violence” and “horror” have been removed from the final edit.

A statement from the British Board of Film Classification (Bbfc) reads:

“This work was cut. The cut(s) were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category.

“To obtain this category cuts of zero m (minutes) six (seconds) were required. Distributor chose to reduce moments of strong violence/horror in order to achieve a ’12a’ classification.

“Cuts made in line with Bbfc Guidelines and policy (sic). A 15 classification without cuts was available. In addition to the six seconds of visual cuts, substitutions were also made by darkening some shots and by reducing the sound levels on others.”


And there was me thinking that Daniel wanted to move away from his younger Harry Potter audiences?. No? I guess it’s just me then.


THE WOMAN IN BLACK‘ is set for release next month (3rd February, 2012 in the U.S. and 10th February, 2012 in the U.K.).



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