NC-17 No Longer Dirty?
In a move that probably would not have ever happened if it weren’t for movies like This Film is Not Yet Rated, which attempted to discover the truth behind the mysterious MPAA, Variety reports today that chairman-CEO of the group Dan Glickman announced in a closed-door session at Sundance some major changes for the ratings system in the pipeline that could mean very good things for horror.
For the first time in history, the Classifications & Ratings Administration will be allowing filmmakers a look at the ratings rules, which describe the entire process that goes into rating a movie and their standards. They are also going to allow filmmakers to reference specific scenes in other films that mirror their own, though a heavy consideration will still be placed on context. Personally I find it amazing that that’s a new rule; it really only makes sense to us logical people.
This and other moves are being done in an attempt to both make the ratings process easier to understand for filmmakers and help remove the stigma associated with NC-17 rated films, as they believe it will allow some of the more extremes of filmmaking to find its place in theaters without having to be cut down to meet R-rating standards. No matter what your cynicism, you have to admit that’s a pretty interesting move for the group to make, as it opens the doors on a lot more horror to see uncut theatrical releases.
What kind of long-term effects these changes will have are yet to be seen, but if it all goes according to plan, it could make the next few years a very interesting time for our beloved genre!
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