Where in the U.S. movies can get into hot water for having too much sex (hello Shame’s NC-17 rating), it appears in the U.K. violence gets the ire of censors as the British government has banned a poster from Final Destination 5. Yes, the movie has been out for over five months.
But, that hasn’t stopped the nation’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from saying that the poster of a skull with nails flying through it was too much for them and it no longer can be displayed.
Apparently a flood of complaints hit the agency, forcing them into action. Well, a flood is too generous of a word. There were thirteen complaints.
The studio behind Final Destination 5 responded by saying that the poster “accurately reflected the content of the film in an appropriate manner without causing excessive fear or distress. It’s unlikely to engage the attention of young children.”
What do you think? The poster seems to have not stopped the film from scoring with audiences -- it has earned over $157 million so far in worldwide box office.