Rated 15 for being scary…An interview with The Woman in Black: Angel of Death director, Tom Harper

Posted: 7 January, 2015 in BBFC, New Releases
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woman in black angel of death The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a 2015 UK horror thriller by Tom Harper.
Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox. Youtube link IMDb

40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.

The National Student interviewed director Tom Harper in a conversation that briefly touched the topic of BBFC classification.

The National Student: This film has received the more restrictive 15 rating, whereas the first film the studio chose to cut in order to get a 12A and get younger audiences in there. Is this part of a deliberate aiming of the film to older audiences?

Tom Harper: I think the BBFC is slightly tighter now than it was then, partly in response to the first Woman in Black. Personally I think that’s ridiculous as there is such immediate access to all sorts of content on the internet to anybody. Sure, I think the film is scarier, but compared to some there is no blood or gore or swearing or sex.

The National Student: I think the BBFC’s approach is now to consider the overall tone of a film more than individual parts. Do you think that’s an interesting way of viewing horror? Apparently it’s Sustained threat that helped earn Angel of Death a 15 certificate.

Tom Harper: Sure, but I think it’s an arbitrary thing to sit and make a decision about that with no specific criteria, I mean with sustained threat it’s…. well, my feeling is that the American system is much better where if your parents say you can go and see it then you can go and see it. Personally I’m about empowering people to make their own decisions.

…Read the full interview

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