Turns out I'm not the only one who thinks that the extreme Japanese splatter film Grotesque sounds like a whole mess of pointless, unsavory things. However my "Movies I will Never See" stance on the film is slightly less dramatic than that of the British Board of Film Classification. The BBFC have refused to bestow a rating upon the title, which makes the supply or sale of Grotesque in England an illegal act. I may have no interest in the film, but I'd at least like to have the choice to not give my patronage to self-serving torture porn.

As quoted in the Daily Telegraph, BBFC director David Cooke described the rationale thusly, ''Unlike other recent 'torture'-themed horror works, such as the Saw and Hostel series, Grotesque features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism. The chief pleasure on offer seems to be in the spectacle of sadism (including sexual sadism) for its own sake."
categories Dvds, Horror