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DEADTIME <span>(2012)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 97

Release dates 14/05/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong bloody violence, gore and sexualised violence

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Tony Jopia

Cast includes Laurence Saunders, Carl Coleman, Elisabeth Shahlavi, Terry Christian

Cut versions One or more versions of this work have been cut. Cuts are detailed for each respective version found under "Related works".

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Ratings info publication date 04/05/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DEADTIME is a UK horror film about members of a failing rock band who are stalked by a deranged killer as they try to make a new video to revive their careers. The film was classified '18' for strong bloody violence, gore and sexualised violence.

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'. DEADTIME includes some scenes of strong bloody violence that dwell on the infliction of pain and injury, including close-up sight of a man being stabbed through his head with the knife emerging from his mouth, a bloody throat slashing, and a number of bloody attacks with a hand axe in which the weapon is seen chopping into limbs. The film also contains strong gory images, including close-up sight of a man impaled on a broken guitar neck, which protrudes through his chest in gory detail, and the gory aftermath of a disemboweling.

The '15' Guidelines also state 'Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification'. The film includes a few scenes of sexualised violence, including a prolonged sequence in which the killer terrorises a bare breasted woman before stabbing her. The sequence is further sexualised by its juxtaposition with a consensual sex scene. Cuts were required to this sequence to remove some of the more sexualised shots of violence, including a knife being traced between a woman's breasts and a knife being thrust into the woman's crotch. In another scene, a man has his throat slit immediately after shots of him having sex with a bare breasted woman.

DEADTIME also contains some strong sex scenes, strong sex references, frequent strong language and one scene of hard drug use showing a man snorting cocaine.


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