British Board of Film Classification has recently
participated in a season of formerly banned films,
as part of their centenary celebrations, showing how
much more liberal they now are compared to the bad
old days. But not that liberal it seems,
as old-school exploitation movie throwback Dear
God No! has, somewhat predictably, been cut
by 94 seconds for its UK release. The cuts are designed
to ‘reduce the focus on a scene of sexual violence’.
As usual, this is justified by reference to the Video
Recordings Act (which, if strictly followed, would
require many more films to be banned outright, and
which is conveniently ignored or referenced depending
on the whims of the censors), their own guidelines
and entirely unproven potential ‘harm’.
Monster Pictures, who are distributing the film, previously
made the uncut Human
Centipede 2 available online. Let’s
hope they do likewise with this film.