Those interesting and intriguing dudes over at the MPAA, cut a frame here and there and you’ve gained yourself a better rating. Same movie, a drop less blood, go figure. Show someone being decapitated but show 2 seconds less of the blood shooting out of the wound and you’re safe. I’ll lever understand it. Anyways, the rating do have an effect on how we perceive a movie before it comes out and we here at Bloody-Disgusting were super hyped when Lions Gate announced they were releasing High Tension (review) as NC-17, but when they cut it to R we got nervous. Inside you’ll find a statement from Lions Gate about the new cut reassuring us that everything’s ok…
The Gatekeeper over at Lions Gate Horror writes:
“I talked to a lot of people. There seems to be some concern about there being cuts to the movie so it can get an “R” rating. Here is my take for what it’s worth: To my knowledge Lions Gate would like to give HIGH TENSION a wide release. To release this film or any film for that matter, as unrated or NC-17 is commercial suicide. Do you realize that most of your commericial theaters will not play NC-17/unrated movies? Add to that a lot of newspapers won’t even place ads for movies with such ratings. What’s a studio to do???
In the case of Lions Gate, they cut a frame here and there. It doesn’t even amount to a minutes time. That’s less than 60 seconds so a great horror movie can reach as many people possible—yeah, that includes YOU. Besides you’ll probably get that time back when it’s released on DVD. Trust me. The fine folks at Lions Gate know what they’re doing. They’re not going PG-13 on you aka Ring, The Grudge, Alien vs. Predator. Savor the R rating and kudos to Lions Gate for keeping the “R” in horro”R”.