SHARK NIGHT 3D | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 86m 6s

Ratings Info Contains one scene of sexual threat and moderate bloody violence

Genre(s) Horror, Thriller

Director(s) David R. Ellis

Cast includes Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Calmack, Katharine McPhee, Chris Zylka, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Sinqua Walls, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

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Ratings info publication date 29/11/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SHARK NIGHT 3D is a horror film about a group of US college students who go to a seemingly idyllic lake for a vacation, only to find the lake is populated by ravenous sharks. The film was classified '15' for one scene of sexual threat and moderate bloody violence.

At '12A'/'12' the BBFC's Guidelines state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context. Sexual violence may only be implied or briefly and discreetly indicated, and must have a strong contextual justification'. In one sequence, a young woman who has been kidnapped by two men is appalled when they force her to strip to her bra and panties on the deck of a boat. Although their actual intention is to feed her to the fish, this is unclear at the beginning of the scene, with one of the men commenting on the woman's body as she stands in front of them, vulnerable and terrified. When she tries to escape, one of the men grabs her and lasciviously licks her ear as she shivers in fright. The level of sexual threat in the scene exceeds the terms of the Guidelines at '12A'/12' and is more appropriately classified at '15' where 'any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet'. The moderate bloody violence includes sight of blood in the water during shark attacks, as well as sight of a character with a missing limb as the result of a shark attack. In another scene, a female character is repeatedly bitten underwater by numerous small carnivorous fish, with focus on the injuries caused as blood is drawn from each subsequent bite. There is also clear sight of blood and tissue spraying through the water when a shark is attacked in another sequence. This focus on blood exceeds the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines but is permissible at '15' where 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

Some brief partial nudity occurs when two of the young women take off their tops before putting their bikinis on. Their backs are to the camera but it is possible to see the edges of breasts from the rear. There are infrequent moderate sex references. For example, one of the students says that he likes the "hos" (a disparaging term meaning 'whores'), while another jokes that a girl will never "tickle your privates sober". The film also includes some moderate language, such as uses of 'bitches', while some obscured strong language also occurs during an underwater scene in which a man mouths and gurgles "F... you!" to an enemy. A music video performed by the cast after the closing credits also repeats this line, as well as a reference to a "mother effing shark" during the lyrics of the rap.


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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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