We all know the MPAA mixes with the horror genre like oil and water, so it was no surprise when we ran a story stating that the MPAA was looking to cast a far more critical eye when it comes to rating films belonging to our beloved genre. But today there’s a statement straight from the lion’s mouth to suggest otherwise. Do you buy it?
Our friends at Horror-Movies.ca sent an email to the Motion Picture Association of America in the wake of yesterday’s story about Blue Valentine‘s rating woes. Here’s what came back from Vice President of Corporate Communications, Elizabeth Kaltman:
“Because filmmakers don’t want to accept the NC-17 they are squeezing as much as they can into the R. The Ratings Board does not treat genres differently. Ratings are assigned based on the content of a particular movie and taken on a case-by-case basis.
As far as any plans to change policy regarding horror films, we are always looking at ways to ensure the system evolves and responds to the biggest concerns of the day for parents. We have no changes in the works but are talking to parents about what matters to them.”
Interesting, yes? And while we can perhaps begin to breathe a sigh of relief, allow me offer this counterpoint: What exactly is the VP of Corporate Communications going to say? “Yes, you bet we’re going to censor the shit out of every horror film that crosses our path.” Probably not. I don’t want to discredit the work done by our brothers-in-gore at Horror-Movies.ca, but it’s important to take this statement with a PR grain of salt. They’re right, there’s no reason to panic, but time will tell whether or not the MPAA has changed its stance. Nothing else.
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