British Board of Film Classification

Quick search of releases

Advanced search

STALKER (2010)

STALKER <span>(2010)</span> artwork

STALKER (2010)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 77

Release dates 15/10/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong gory violence and language

Genre(s) Thriller, Horror

Director(s) Martin Kemp

Cast includes Anna Brecon, Linda Hayden, Jane March, Billy Murray

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 05/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

STALKER is a British horror film. Novelist Paula Martin has published a best-selling book but is finding it hard to produce a follow-up. She therefore retreats to a secluded country house where she used to spend her family holidays. Paula is joined there by a new assistant, Linda, after which mysterious events start to occur. It was classified '15' for strong gory violence and language.

There are a number of scenes of strong gory violence, including several people being stabbed with a large knife. Although this results in a lot of blood on clothes and hands, there is generally little in the way of injury detail. However, there is a very brief shot of a naked man being stabbed in the lower back as he lies on top of a woman in bed, after which he vomits up blood. There is also a shadowy glimpse of a murdered woman's gory face. The most detailed scene of violence involves a man being garrotted with a cheese wire and being stabbed in the neck. A red line appears on his throat, with blood dripping down, and there is a brief close up of a wound, with some blood pumping from it. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable'. The strongest moments are sufficiently brief, in this horror context, to be permissible at '15'. The film also includes around 16 uses of strong language, often aggressively directed. The Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'.

STALKER additionally features some undetailed verbal and visual sex references. These include mention of a woman having been raped by her brother since she was 13, and some dreamlike scenes in which naked people caress one another with some fleeting breast and nipple nudity.

The film also includes some mild and moderate bad language, including uses of 'shit', 'crap', 'bloody', 'whore' and 'bitch'.


Cinema, DVD
4Digital Media Ltd
Classified date(s)
Main language
BBFC reference

Share this!

Facebook logo Twitter logo