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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 101m 9s

BBFCInsight Contains strong horror, gore, language and sex references

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Ti West

Cast includes Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle, Brenda Cooney, John Speredakos, George Riddle, Jake Schlueter

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 23/04/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE INNKEEPERS is a horror film about two employees of a hotel who decide to prove the existence of a ghost that is rumoured to haunt the hotel. It was classified '15' for strong horror, gore, language and sex references.

There is one scene where a young woman wakes up in bed and discovers a figure beneath a sheet rising up beside her and who is subsequently revealed as a supernatural entity with a bloodstained mouth and who terrifies the girl. In another sustained scene a young woman enters a cellar where a male suicide victim apparently returns form the dead and appears behind her. The woman is terrorised by the suicide victim and another female entity. The strong physical and psychological threat in these and other sustained sequences exceed allowances under the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12'. However, they are allowable at '15' where 'Strong threat and menace are permitted'.

There is another scene where a young woman discovers an elderly man lying dead in a bath filled with bloodied water, with close sight of a deep cut across his wrist indicating that he has committed suicide. This emphasis on injury and blood also exceeds '12A'/'12' allowances. The suicide is not shown however, and the strongest gory images are not present.

There is also use of strong language which is allowed at '15' where Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'.

Strong sex references feature briefly in a scene where a young woman views a man's web browsing history on a computer and sees sites which include the names 'Butt Crumpets, Jolly Jumping Pussies, Jerky Blasterz and The Titpunch'.

THE INNKEEPERS also includes moderate and mild language (for example, 'bitch', 'ass', 'asshole', 'shit', and 'bullshit') and further moderate sex references.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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