China Bans Horror

China bans horrorAccording to an article in Reuters, China has put a government-sanctioned ban on all things spooky in an effort to "control and cleanse the negative effect these items have on society, and to prevent horror, violent, cruel publications from entering the market through official channels and to protect adolescents' psychological health." To put my reaction in the simplest terms possible: Whoa.

How long has it been since an entire country has banned horror movies? Decades? How scary is it that one of the largest countries in the world has out-and-out banned horror?

The ban on horror covers anything and everything with "wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror." Their reasoning behind it all? They want China all nice and morally clean before the Beijing Olympics hit there in August, as if anyone really cares about the Olympics anymore.

I can really foresee a moral cleansing of a country the size of China backfiring in a big, ugly way. I’m sure you guys are going to have a few things to say, too, so ... get talking.

- Johnny Butane

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Sounds like China is one step closer to the kind of country that the US is depicted as in Escape From LA.

"The land of the free..."

Submitted by Caine Is Able on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 2:52pm.
Terminal's picture

Okay THAT has to be a bumper sticker, TDA. :-D

Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 11:23am.
thedudeabides's picture

Who would have thought that the Chinese would have done anything devious...

Submitted by thedudeabides on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 10:51am.
Chainsaw's picture

Rice will cost extra now, american pig dog!

Submitted by Chainsaw on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 9:40am.
RingoJ's picture

As long as I can still get my rice.

Submitted by RingoJ on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 8:38am.

Welcome to the free world!


Submitted by PelusaMG on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 8:10am.
Terminal's picture

Yeah, ban horror movies, that will make problems go bye bye. That makes a lot of sense. Sigh.

Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 6:49am.

Big deal. What was the last good horror film made in China you saw? And before you answer remember that Hong Kong productions don't count because they're still autonomous until 2047 and not affected by this silly ban.

Submitted by Caterpillar on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 5:19am.
Blockbuster's picture

Heh...kinda reminds me of the Simpsons episode "Old Man and the C Student" where the Olympics come to Springfield...Lenny and Carl completely cleaned the sewers! Heh.

Submitted by Blockbuster on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 11:55pm.
Nuke 'em.
Chainsaw's picture

Nuke 'em.

Submitted by Chainsaw on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 9:22pm.
Hunter1006's picture

So is the ban permanent or is it just until the 08 Olympics are over?
Your lies are like bananas; they come in big yellow bunches!

Submitted by Hunter1006 on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 7:57pm.
Tsotha-lanti's picture

Apparently the Chinese haven't learned anything from the history of alcohol prohibition in the US.

Submitted by Tsotha-lanti on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 6:06pm.

Having things clean for the Olympics? This rings very hollow to me. Maybe if a single other civilized nation had banned horror it would be arguable, but I think the subversive elements of horror are far more likely. Well crafted horror can make huge political statements (for a recent example see "The Host") and even effect movements (see shark culling after "Jaws" was released). Horror can be used to question authority or the status quo without being overt. And as is pretty common knowledge, China hates ANYTHING that gets its people to question anything about their government.

I would not even be surprised if there had been some recent movie to which this was a direct response.

Oh, and I really hope some company starts slapping a sticker with "Banned In China" written on it over all their horror movies.

Submitted by conundrum on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:56pm.
Sirand's picture

Yea...cause, y'know, China's government has turned it into such a wonderful place. Overpopulation, rampant disease, economic woes, crime, and militia. What're those? We need to get rid of horror movies! That'll solve EVERYTHING!

Wow. The horror bootlegging industry is gonna be thriving!

Submitted by Sirand on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 5:37pm.

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