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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 107m 57s

Release date 10/10/2014

BBFCInsight strong injury detail, strong language

Genre(s) Crime, Horror, Thriller

Director(s) Jason Stone

Cast includes Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Heyerdahl

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 30/09/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE CALLING is police procedural crime drama, set in Canada, in which the police chief of a small town is called upon to investigate a series of gruesome killings.


The film contains a single stand-out strong gory image, when the head and shoulders of a woman whose throat has been cut is seen in close-up. The neck has been severed almost to the vertebrae, the large incision is gaping, and the head tilts back at an extreme angle. However, the image is only briefly on screen and there is not that much blood in evidence. In another scene, a male corpse whose stomach has apparently been removed is seen lying on the ground, but other than a little blood on his shirt there is no injury detail. Elsewhere, a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. A gunshot is heard, a few droplets of blood splash onto a female character's face, and blood begins to pool by the dead man's head after he falls to the floor. There is no discernible injury detail.


There are two uses of strong language ('f**k'). There is also mild bad language, including uses of 'bullshit', 'God', 'screw' and 'shit'.

Other issues include some undetailed verbal references to suicide and a mild verbal sex reference as one character jokes to another, "Whose wife did you screw?"


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