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Camp Massacre, Jigsaw

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The British Board of Film Classifications are the state designated censors of all video media sold in the UK.

The BBFC are also the cinema censors, but in this capacity, the ultimate decision rests with local councils. BBFC certificates though are generally accepted by the local authorities.

In recent years the BBFC has done a very good in making their decisions accessible to all.

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BBFC Podcast

December 2017 Podcast 76 Breaking Bad
November 2017 Podcast 75 Do the Right Thing
October 2017 Podcast 74  We Need to Talk About Kevin
September 2017 Podcast 73  Mrs. Doubtfire
August 2017 podcast 72 To Kill a Mocking Bird
August 2017 podcast 71 Dr Who
August 2017 Podcast 70 Game of Thrones
July 2017 Podcast 69 Jump Scares
June 2017 Podcast 68 Suicide Squad & Superheros
May 2017 Podcast 67 Remakes of cartoons Part 2
April 2017 Podcast 66 Remakes of cartoons Part 1
March 2017 Podcast 65 Classifying cartoons
Feb 2017 Podcast 64 Star Wars
Jan 2017 Podcast 63 Stranger Things/The Goonies
December 2016 Podcast 62 David Austin Q&A
November 2016 Podcast 61 Diamonds are Forever
November 2016 Podcast 60 Scream
October 2016 Podcast 59 Drug misuse
October 2016 Podcast 58 Labyrinth & Zootroplis
September 2016 Podcast 57 Something Wild
August 2016 Podcast 56 Victim (1971)
July 2016 Podcast 55 Victim (1961)
July 2016 Podcast 54 Spoilers
June 2016 Podcast 53 Macbeth (1971)
June 2016 Podcast 52 Gremlins
June 2016 Podcast 51 Romeo and Juliet (1968)
May 2016 Podcast 50 The Exorcist
May 2016 Podcast 49 The Life of Brian
April 2016 Podcast 48 The Good the Bad & the Ugly
April 2016 Podcast 47 Monty Python's Holy Grail
March 2016 Podcast 46 Natural Born Killers
March 2016 Podcast 45 The Hunger Games
March 2016 Podcast 44 Goblet of Fire
February 2016 Podcast 43 Saturday Night Fever
February 2016 Podcast 42 MPAA speak about piracy
January 2016 Podcast 41 The Lovely Bones
January 2016 Podcast 40 Texas Chainsaw Massacre
December 2015 Podcast 39 Rebel Without a Cause
December 2015 Podcast 38 Jaws
November 2015 Podcast 37 Borderline Decisions
November 2015 Podcast 36 Alien
November 2015 Podcast 35 Temple of Doom
October 2015 Podcast 34 Part 2 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 34 Part 1 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 33 Bedazzled (1967)
Sept 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 2
August 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 1
August 2015 Podcast 31 Historic Annual Reports
July 2015 Podcast 30 Django
June 2015 Podcast 29 Superhero films
April 2015 Podcast 28 James Ferman Part 2
March 2015 Podcast 27 Classifying Comedy
January 2015 Podcast 26 James Ferman Part 1
November 2014 Podcast 25 The Into Film Festival
October 2014 Podcast 24 Stephen Murphy
August 2014 Podcast 23 International Classification
July 2014 Podcast 22 Tone
June 2014 Podcast 21 John Trevelyan
April 2014 Podcast 20 Suicide and self harm
March 2014 Podcast 19 Mobile Internet Classification
January 2014 Podcast 18 Guidelines Update 2014
December Podcast 17 Classifying Anime
November Podcast 16 Behind the Scenes
September Podcast 15 Protecting Children
August Podcast 14 Other Classification Issues
July Podcast 13 The BBFC Archives
May Podcast 12 Bollywood and Reality Video
March Podcast 11 The Guidelines
Jan 2013: Podcast 10 Childnet & FACT
Dec 2012: Podcast 9 Imitable Techniques

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List of Cuts: Friday the 13th Films
List of Cuts: Halloween Films
List of Cuts: Hammer Horror
List: Hardcore 18s
List of Cuts: Ilsa Films
List of Cuts: Nightmare on Elm Street Films
List of Cuts: Saw Films
Detailed Cuts: A Serbian Film
List of Cuts: Texas Chainsaw Films

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48: Last House on the Left 30th November 2017
47: Ace Ventura 2 30th September 2017
46: Enter the Dragon 31st July 2017
45: The Angels' Share 31st May 2017
44: Spider-Man Films and 12A 31st March 2017
43: 2 Fast 2 Furious 31st January 2017
42: Temple of Doom 31st December 2016
41:Bound 30th November 2016
40: Hellraiser Special Edition 31st October 2016
39: Straw Dogs 30th September 2016
38: Predator 2 31st August 2016
37: Tango and Cash 31st July 2016
36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 30th June 2016
35: Basic Instinct Special Edition 1st June 2016
34: Cutthroat Island 30th April 2016
33: Lethal Weapon 2 31st March 2016
32: The Hunger Games 29th February 2016
31: xXx Films 28th January 2016
30: Strange Days Special Edition 30th December 2015
29: Batman Forever 21st December 2015
28: Mirrors 14th December 2015
27: Hard Target 26th November 2015
26: The Rundown 29th October 2015
25: Doctor Who Special Edition 17th Sep 2015
24: The Equalizer 19th August 2015
23: The Mummy Series 16th July 2015
22: Eraser 14th June 2015
21: The Frighteners 21st May 2015
20: RoboCop Special Edition May 2015
18: Taken 2 April 2015
18: Sleeping with the Enemy March 2015
17: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer February 2015
16: Hot Shots! and Part Deux January 2015
15: Die Hard Special Edition December 2014
14: Lethal Weapon November 2014
13: Point Break October 2014
12: True Lies September 2014
11: Casino Royale August 2014
10: Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons
July 2014
9: The Rock June 2014
8: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves May 2014
7: Terminator 2 April 2014
6: Steven Seagal Special March 2014
5: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
4: Scream
3: Cliffhanger
2: The Woman in Black
1: Tomorrow Never Dies
Quick Trims
36 The Transporter November 2017
35 Halloween II October 2017
34 Family Guy Season 7 August 2017
33 The Rookie May 2017
32 Universal Soldier: The Return March 2017
31 The Art of War January 2017
30 Big Mamma's House May 2016
29 Scoobie Doo: The Movie April 2016
28 Secondhand Lions March 2016
27 Cobra February 2016
26 Fast & Furious January 2016
25 Presumed Innocent November 2015
24 Transsiberian October 2015
23 Face/Off August 2015
22 Kindergarten Cop July 2015
21 Mystery Men June 2015
20: Stay April 2015
19: Left Behind March 2015
18: Hard Boiled December 2014
17: The Burning October 2014
16: Romeo Must Die September 2014
15: Jack Reacher August 2014
14: Daybreakers August 2014
13: Commando on YouTube
12: Angel Eyes on YouTube
11: Daredevil on YouTube
10: Men in Black on YouTube
9: Street Fighter on YouTube
8: Braveheart on YouTube
7: Drop Zone on YouTube
6: Maximum Risk on YouTube
5: Bridget Jones's Diary on YouTube
4: Judge Dredd on YouTube
3: The Matrix on YouTube
2: Thunderball on YouTube
1: In the Line of Fire on YouTube
Genre Cuts:  James Bond Films
Detailed Cuts: GoldenEye
Detailed Cuts: Licence to Kill
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Recent BBFC News

BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

15th Dec
House 4 DVD
Shopping: House 4
1992 USA horror fantasy thriller by Lewis Abernathy, cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC News DCMS logo
Government proposes the BBFC as its internet porn censor
And of course not a word about protecting British business from obliteration, nor about protecting porn viewers from scammers, blackmailers and identity thieves
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster All the Money in the World 2017 Ridley Scott
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Slumber, Dark Portal, Ghost Source Zero

14th Dec
Poster Honor Up 2018 Damon Dash
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans House 3 Blu-ray
Shopping: House 3
1989 US horror by James Isaac just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Yukinoj Henge 1963 Kon Ichikawa
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
American Bigfoot, It
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

13th Dec
Brannigan Blu-ray
Shopping: Brannigan
1975 UK / USA action crime comedy by Douglas Hickox just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Youth 2017 Xiaogang Feng
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
The Colour of Pomegranates, Patient Seven, The Winter Siege
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

11th Dec
R18 Story
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
No cuts for 4 R18s this week
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Silent Night, Deadly Night Blu-ray
Shopping: Silent Night, Deadly Night
1984 US horror by Charles E Sellier Jr just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

10th Dec
Suspiria Blu-ray
Shopping: Suspiria Limited Edition
1977 Italy horror by Dario Argento set for US Blu-ray release on 19th December 2017
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Suspiria - Dual Format Special Edition Blu-rayCombo
Shopping: Suspiria Special Edition
1977 Italian horror by Dario Argento just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Alien Reign of Man DVD
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Scalpel, The Unseen
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

9th Dec
Terminator 2 Blu-ray
Shopping: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1991 USA / France action Sci-Fi thriller by James Cameron just released on UK Blu-ray in 3 versions
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Post 2017 Steven Spielberg
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Cold Moon, Jigsaw, Slumber
Video NastiesVideo Nasties

8th Dec
Toolbox Murders Blu-ray
Shopping: Toolbox Murders
1978 US video nasty by Dennis Donnelly just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with previous BBFC cuts waived

7th Dec
Breaking Bad: The Final Seasons DVD
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 76
Breaking Bad. The BBFC discuss the classification of TV programmes extensively featuring drug use

6th Dec
15 17 to paris
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
Video NastiesVideo Nasties The Witch Who Came From The Sea Blu-ray
Shopping: The Witch Who Came From The Sea
1976 US video nasty by Matt Cimber just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
MPAAMPAA News 15 17 to paris
The 15:17 to Paris
Warner Brothers appeal to the MPAA for a PG-13 rating for their latest Clint Eastwood film
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

4th Dec
DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
BBFC censorship goes to extremes with 75% of R18s cut this week
BBFC NewsBBFC News raijput samaj logo
Extract: Right speak
UK caste group urges the BBFC to find the 'right' historians who can watch the film Padmavati and stop the character assassination of Indian icons.
BBFC NewsLast House

30th Nov
Last House on the Left
Season 3: Episode 48: The Last House on the Left
Gavin Salkeld investigates the appeal of Wes Craven's much censored classic

29th Nov
Poster Stronger 2017 Robin B Murray
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Death Laid An Egg DVDBlu-rayCombo
Shopping: Death Laid An Egg
1968 Italy / France thriller by Giulio Questi, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US DVD/Blu-ray Combo

28th Nov
BBFC logo
Prices you trust
The BBFC announces a smaller than expected fee increase for 2018
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Sorcerer Blu-ray
Shopping: Sorcerer
1977 USA action adventure drama by William Friedkin just released on UK Blu-ray in the longer US version
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

27th Nov
DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
50% of R18s censored this week, albeit 1 out of 2
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Barb Wire Blu-ray
Shopping: Barb Wire
1996 USA action Sci-Fi film by David Hogan just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray seemingly in a cut version

Previous BBFC News

BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

26th Nov
Shopping: Son Of Bigfoot
2017 Belgium / France animation comedy by Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen just released on UK DVD with BBFC category cuts
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans
Shopping: Slaughterhouse Rock
1988 USA horror by Dimitri Logothetis set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 22nd January 2018 with previous BBFC cuts just waived
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

25th Nov
Shopping: Sisters
1973 USA horror thriller by Brian De Palma, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD
BBFC NewsHammer Films

24th Nov
Shopping: Paranoiac
1963 UK Hammer thriller by Freddie Francis just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray

23rd Nov
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans
Shopping: Black Christmas
1974 Canada slasher by Bob Clark, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

22nd Nov
Shopping: The Demons
1973 France / Portugal horror by Jesus Franco just released on UK Blu-ray with the original version being released uncut for the first time in the UK
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

20th Nov
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
A quarter of R18s were censored this week

18th Nov
Consulting with child abuse experts in the Vatican
The BBFC attends a conference on child protection
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans
Shopping: Office Christmas Party
2016 USA comedy by Josh Gordon and Will Speck just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with an extended version on Blu-ray
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

17th Nov
Shopping: Men in Black
1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld set for UK 4k Blu-ray release on 27th December 2017 uncut for the first time in the UK
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

16th Nov
X-Files Season 4 Episode 2 mutated
Following up on a censored version shown on Netflix
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

15th Nov
Shopping: Blade Runner
1982 USA / Hong Kong / UK Sci-Fi thriller by Ridley Scott just released on UK Steelbook Blu-ray

 BBFC News: Latest
 MPAA News:  Latest
 BBFC Guidelines 2014 to Present, 2009 to 2014, 2005 to 2009, 2000 to 2005
 The Classification Framework Structure for internet and mobile phone content (offsite)
 Policy at the BBFC News, updates and clarifications
 Blasphemy at the BBFC News and censored films on the subject of blasphemy and religious offence
 Dare Devils at the BBFC by Rob Stone (September 2006)
 Appeal against BBFC cuts to Last House on the Left (June 2002)
 The Professionals: A Hiding to Nothing BBFC hassle over opening locks with a credit card (Feb 2002)
 Snuff Movies The Making of an urban legend (June 1999)

BBFC People  David Cooke Director of the BBFC: 2004 - present
 Quentin Thomas President of the BBFC: 2002-2012
 Robin Duval Director of the BBFC: 1999-2004
 Andreas Whittam Smith President of the BBFC: 1997-2002
 Moralist Censor and Convicted Criminal John Taylor, Vice President of the BBFC: 1998 2008
 Rating Games for a Living Interview with Sue Clark (May 2008)
 Jan Chambers Recently resigned examiner writes for the Guardian (Aug 2002)
 Jim Barratt film examiner outlines changes after Ferman retired

Legalisation of R18 Hardcore  Chapter 1: Jacking Off the Censor Hardcore snippets temporarily got BBFC approval in 1997
 Chapter 2: Makin' Whoopee in Summer 1998
 Chapter 3: Rumours of a Return to Porn in November/December 1998
 Chapter 4: Porn is In & Out & In & Out Again the state of play in January 1999
 Chapter 5: The Video Appeals Committee Forcing the BBFC to respect the law, May 1999
 Chapter 6: Censoring Safer Sex Discrimination at the BBFC. May 1999
 Chapter 7: Hiding Behind Children Giving up on obscenity and using concern for children, July 1999
 Chapter 8: The VAC R18 Appeal Report from the VAC Appeal, July 1999
 Chapter 9: An Appealing Victory Video Appeals Committee judgment allows hardcore, August 1999
 Chapter 10: The Censor and the State BBFC seek Judicial review, winter 1999/2000
 Chapter 11: Judicial Review Confirms Legality of Hardcore: Spring & Summer 2000
 Chapter 12: More Sex Shops Required according to Andreas Whittam Smith, November 2000
 Chapter 13: The Legalisation of Hardcore: A recap 1997-2000


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