MPAA Embarrassed by Blue Valentine, Looks to Screw Horror Genre as a Result

Well, isn’t this just another kick in the ass? For decades the MPAA has been screwing with the horror genre, neutering its content, dumbing everything down, and generally slapping it around while violent mainstream cinema goes by unscathed. The double standard is nothing short of ridiculous. We can’t have campy flicks with an over-the-top amount of humorous violence; that would be bad for us. But let Sylvester Stallone go on a head exploding spree? Why not!?!

The ratings board was recently embarrassed by The Weinstein Co.’s winning an R rating for their film Blue Valentine, which was originally slapped with an NC-17 due to an oral sex scene involving man and wife; yet, a similar girl-on-girl sex scene in Black Swan didn’t seem to be a problem at all, further proving how friggin’ retarded the board actually is. They came under fire for their ridiculous rules which seem dependent on their mood of all things, and now they’re ready to fire back … at us.

As per an article in Variety:

“The board also contends with charges that it has a double standard when it comes to violence.

[Ratings board chair Joan] Graves says the org is taking steps to correct some of those issues. For instance, the MPAA plans to revisit its stance on horror pics, which have evolved considerably from spooky frights to torture porn.

“I do think the R has a very big envelope for that genre,” Graves admits.”

God forbid we’re allowed to think for ourselves and decide what’s appropriate for us to watch. I mean, really, if we’re going to see a movie called Hatchet or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, isn’t it safe to say that we know what we’re going for? The bottom line is that what is or what isn’t appropriate for a viewer is a matter of opinion and shouldn’t be left to any one group to pass a verdict on. It’s nothing but imposed censorship, folks. That’s it.

True, this is a very old song to be singing so I’ll step off of my soapbox for now. Who knows how this will all end up? In the best case scenario the MPAA may just become a bit more lenient in their decision-making, but as a betting man, I really doubt that’s going to happen. Looks like we’re going to be watching a lot more good films on home video.

MPAA Embarrassed by Blue Valentine, Looks to Screw Horror Genre as a Result

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  • Terminal

    So what? Another girl doesn’t get tortured by Jigsaw, another man doesn’t get his junk cut off in an Eli Roth shitfest. Maybe this will, I dunno, force directors to focus on story where they can’t deliver violence? Who knows?
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  • theGoldenSimatar

    Personally I have no problems with a ratings system, what needs to happen I think is that there is a set of guidelines for the raters to follow. Now I’m not trying to make some case to bring back the Hayes Code (God Forbid that thing rears it’s head) but give something that the reviewers some guidelines of what is appropriate for each rating. But with a lot of guidelines there is wiggle room and in cases where there is a story/artistic justification for an act that is in question; it can be discussed and if reasonable, the rating altered.

    A basic flexible framing I guess is what I’m driving at, something the raters can use as a base work to branch their decisions from and for the filmmaker to base their appeal if it comes to a rating dispute.

    Anyone agree or think thats a bit of bullocks?


    on a more childish note, how many parents think their kid is gonna wanna see a romantic film like ‘Blue Valentine’?

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