In 2010 FrightFest had a few issues with the BBFC. A Serbian Film was cut so savagely by the BBFC that the festival decided to pull the film from the line-up and while they kept Steven R. Monroe’s I Spit On Your Grave in the line-up, that too had a bite taken out of it by the BBFC.
The sequel to that film, unsurprisingly titled I Spit On Your Grave 2, is set to play at this year’s festival in a few weeks time and at the back of my mind I’ve been wondering if there could be any issues with the BBFC again.
Bloody Disgusting have just put up a new still from the film, which you can see at the head of this post, and have mentioned in their copy that a “festival cut” of the film is playing at FrightFest,
This very special festival cut has been over-seen by the producers specifically for FrightFest 2013 and will be the first time the film will be screened to audiences anywhere.
Now whether this “festival cut” is a version of the film that was cut to give it an easier passage through the BBFC and avoid any complications in getting it on the screen at FrightFest is not entirely clear – I’m still trying to seek clarification about this – but my hunch would be that that is the case.
I really hope not. The BBFC are a board for classifying films and their incursions into the realm of censorship of late have mostly seemed to be unnecessary attempts to block content in the UK that is perfectly legal.