[WTF] New Zealand Bans ‘Maniac,’ Stating That It’s “Potentially Dangerous”

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In a decision revealed Wednesday, New Zealand’s censor, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, banned Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (read our review), starring Elijah Wood, from general screening in New Zealand, saying it can’t be shown outside of film festivals. The ruling also means the movie can’t be distributed on DVD at a later date, reports THR.

A remake of William Lustig’s grindhouse cult classic from 1980, the film was directed by Khalfoun (P2). It opened in the U.S. last month courtesy of IFC Midnight and had its world premiere at Cannes in 2012. It’s due to screen next at the New Zealand International Film Festival, running July 26-Aug. 11.

Explaining the ruling, Ant Timpson, a programmer for the New Zealand fest said in a statement that the OFLC had declared that “the POV nature of the film mixed with the psychopathic behavior of actor Elijah Wood is more than disturbing, that it’s potentially dangerous in the hands of the wrong person — that is, a non-festival-goer.

Neil Foley of Monster Pictures, the film’s Australia-based distributor, said in a post on the company’s website: “Banning the film beyond festival screenings is an insult to the intelligence of the adult population of New Zealand and does little more than to serve as an open invitation to illegally pirate the film.

We will explore every option to have the banning revoked, but at this stage it [isn’t] looking good,” he added.

Seriously, what an absolute insult to everyone. Who the FUCK do the Office of Film and Literature Classification think they are? By watching it themselves, they basically imply that they are “more stable” than the average Joe and can “handle it”. It’s nice to know they think society is filled with homicidal psychopaths who are going to be inspired to scalp, and murder woman after watching a MOVIE. They can go eat their fucking steaks and stick the fork up their asses…

  • horrorking95

    It’s about as potentially dangerous as New Zealand’s very own Braindead!

  • Kr1z

    ” By watching it themselves, they basically imply that they are “more stable” than the average Joe and can “handle it””

    Word.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1136959962 Chuck Green

    This movie was soooo good!!!!!

  • Josh

    This story is hilarious given that just earlier this year a study declared New Zealand to be the “Best Country for Freedom.”

  • djblack1313

    them banning this VERY good movie is fucking ridiculous.

  • lovezoid

    As a NZ citizen (thankfully living in Australia) I am so ashamed to read this. We can legalise gay marriage, but a fucking horror movie is too controversial? And we worship Peter Jackson like a deity, the man who, as horrorking95 pointed out, made one of the most violent zombie films of all time? Our national slogan should be ‘One step forward, two steps backward.’ Idiots.