Germans protest against new horror film

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 March 2005 , BERLIN - Audiences in Germany are protesting against Christopher Smith's horror thriller "Creep", saying it contains so much graphic violence that it should be restricted to mature audiences only, the film's German distributors said on Friday. Thousands of phone calls and emails have been received by X-Verleih, the distributors in Germany, protesting against graphic scenes which include one man's throat being slit and another man being disemboweled. "It is true that 'Creep' contains some un

11 March 2005 

BERLIN - Audiences in Germany are protesting against Christopher Smith's horror thriller "Creep", saying it contains so much graphic violence that it should be restricted to mature audiences only, the film's German distributors said on Friday.

Thousands of phone calls and emails have been received by X-Verleih, the distributors in Germany, protesting against graphic scenes which include one man's throat being slit and another man being disemboweled.

"It is true that 'Creep' contains some unsavoury scenes that go far beyond what the average movie-goer is willing to stomach," X-Verleih spokeswoman Anja Oster told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

But Oster noted that Germany's film industry ratings panel, known as the FSK board, gave permission for the horror movie to be shown uncut to audiences over age 16.

"We can only go by what the board recommended and the board said the film could be shown to audiences from age 16 without any scenes being omitted," she said.

The distributors were however surprised that the FSK board did not impose tougher restrictions.

"It is a real hard-core horror film, but that is the way we have been marketing it," said X-Verleih head Anatol Nitschke told dpa. "I was frankly quite surprised that the FSK gave it a 16-plus approval rating."

A British production, the film's initial release in Britain was also not without controversy.

Advertising posters showing a bloody hand sliding down a London Underground train window were banned from the Underground as being in bad taste, even though scenes had been filmed with permission in disused stations on the Underground.

Producer Julie Baines found this "highly amusing" and "a bit ludicrous", noting that the film is "not based on real events - if it is, we are all in trouble", according to Internet Movie Data Base. The ban was later removed, although not in time for the film's British opening.

The film received wide release in Germany because it stars German actress Franka Potente, best known for her internationally acclaimed performance in "Run Lola, Run" in 1998.

In "Creep" she plays a German tourist who becomes the prey of a maniac in the London Underground train system.

Potente conceded in advance of the film's premiere in Germany that it contains graphic scenes but insisted that today's Internet-savvy teenagers would not find it shocking.

"A movie like 'Creep' is not going to knock the socks off of 14-or 15-year-olds," she said. "I think kids who are 15 these days have seen just about everything."

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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