Footage of 'blood splashes' has been removed from the sci-fi adventure
The Hunger Games has been cut to see its classification cut from a 15 to a 12a in the UK.
A report from the British Board Of Film Classification states that the sci-fi adventure has had seven seconds of footage cut or replaced in order to comply with the more lucrative younger age bracket.
In particular, studio Lions Gate UK removed images of “blood splashes” in order to obtain the new rating.
The report states: “The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a ’12A’ classification. A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury. These cuts were made in addition to reductions already made following an earlier ‘advice’ viewing of an incomplete version.”
The Hunger Games is based on a trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, and producers hope to emulate the success of The Twilight Saga. It is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the ‘Capitol’ selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television. Heroine Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.
Released in the UK on March 23, it stars Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks. You can watch the trailer below.