MPAA Severs Severance

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One of the best films I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing recently, Severance (click here to read all about it), is the latest to feel the wrath of the MPAA. Fangoria reported today that the ratings board we all love to hate “has demanded that Severance distributor Magnolia Pictures remove particular elements from the picture’s official site or face losing the film’s R rating” prior to its May 18th Stateside release date.

What’s got their panties in a bunch? Apparently they don’t like either the film’s main splash page on which blood spurts up from a headless body or a risqué picture of one of the lead actresses in which her partially exposed (but nipple-less) breast can be seen. Not to worry though; both images — and a lot more — can be found on both the Severance MySpace page and the film’s UK site.

Ironically, the British Board of Film Classification, which is known for its ultra-conservativism, hasn’t raised an eyebrow over any of Severance‘s marketing tactics, further proof that the MPAA is reflecting the current climate of this country in which all traces of a sense of humor seem to be sadly MIA. First the mass hysteria over Captivity, now this. I can’t wait to see how they treat Hostel: Part II and Zombie’s Halloween!

Debi Moore

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