Don’t look now, but the British Board of Film Classification is at it again!
England’s ratings board recently made headlines after refusing a certificate to Tom Six’s highly controversial The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (they later relented and passed it with an 18 – after significant edits were made to the film) and now they’ve rejected Adam Rehmeir’s movie The Bunny Game on many of the same grounds.
What is The Bunny Game? It’s a film wherein a trucker kidnaps a prostitute and physically and sexually abuses her for the greater part of the film according to the BBFC. Doesn’t sound that different from countless other “torture porn” films of the past decade to us, so the Board elaborated as to what was so troubling about Rehmeir’s film:
“The principal focus of The Bunny Game is the unremitting sexual and physical abuse of a helpless woman, as well as the sadistic and sexual pleasure the man derives from this. The emphasis on the woman’s nudity tends to eroticise what is shown, while aspects of the work such as the lack of explanation of the events depicted, and the stylistic treatment, may encourage some viewers to enjoy and share in the man’s callousness and the pleasure he takes in the woman’s pain and humiliation.”
As website Bleeding Cool points out, the BBFC says film also contains “STRONG SADOMASOCHISTIC SCENES, SEXUALISED TERRORISATION & REAL SEX” – meaning there’s apparently some sexual penetration caught on camera.
Not to beat the proverbial dead horse here, but the BBFC’s assertion that the film shouldn’t receive certification because someone out there might take pleasure in the film’s presentation of pain and suffering seems to be way overstepping the bounds of what a board of film classification should be doing. They haven’t outright banned the film, simply made it so that it’s impossible to legally purchase it or see it in the UK. To those of us on the other side of the pond, this all seems fairly silly (although, it should be noted, most audiences in America won’t see an uncut version of The Human Centipede 2, either.)
Truthfully, we think this is much ado about nothing. Rehmeir’s film looks like another in a long line of torture flicks trying to push the envelope by being repellent. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that (even if it is aiming rather low…), but thanks to the BBFC’s denying the film certification, The Bunny Game just got tons of free publicity – and more people are likely to see it now than before it became public enemy #1 in England.
Check out the trailer below – which is totally Not Safe For Work – and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.