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How do the BBFC age rate horror? Do BBFC Compliance Officers scream while they watch slashers? How do they judge what makes audiences of different ages scared but still understand that fans of horror movies often like to be frightened? Have the public changed their views about what is scary over the last century and how has that changed classification?

Horror has been a popular film genre since the invention of cinema but attitudes to age appropriateness have changed greatly since the establishment of the British Board of Film Classification in 1912. In this illustrated presentation with clips, debate and discussion, an Education Officer from the BBFC will discuss concerns about horror in different eras including: key horror decisions; the H for Horrific certificate (which formed the basis of X and then later 18), and more recent updates to classifying scary films for audiences of all ages.

The session also covers the treatment of horror films for kids, the changing attitudes to supernatural threat, tone and intensity, and how the BBFC responds to horror scenes and tropes that turn up in films of other genres.

  • Release Date :
  • 19 Apr 2018
  • Certificate :
  • 18
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