THE HOST | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 119m 53s

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence and brief bloody injury

Genre(s) Science Fiction

Director(s) Andrew Niccol

Cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt

Cut This work was passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 10/05/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE HOST is a science fiction drama in which the planet is taken over by aliens who inhabit the bodies of humans.


The action sequences focus more on people being chased than they do on violence, but there are occasional punches, slaps and kicks. Stronger moments include a man being shot in the head with a small blood spurt on impact, and a scene in which someone is shot in the shoulder with some blood seen on clothing afterwards.

Injury detail

There is brief bloody injury detail during a sequence in which a young woman must infiltrate a hospital, so deliberately cuts her arm. There is close-up sight of the injury, which is bleeding profusely. However, it is made clear there is a reason for what she's doing and that once she has gained entry to the hospital it will only be a matter of minutes before the injury is treated and completely healed using alien drugs.

Sex scenes are limited to kissing rather than any suggestion of actual sex, and no nudity is shown. There is some use of mild bad language, including 'pissed', 'hell', 'ass', and 'God'.


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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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