Father's Day Becomes the Latest Classification Board Nasty
By: Craig Villinger on November 2, 2012 | Comments
Father's Day

Did the Monster Pictures team do something to piss-off our Classification Board in a previous life? Just two days before it was due to screen at Monster Fest the Canadian horror-comedy Father's Day has been banned.... sorry, we mean refused classification, by the Australian Government Classification Board, meaning it can not be legally screened or sold in this country.

"This is an outrageous decision" says Monster Fest Director and Monster Pictures Manager Neil Foley "Yes Father's Day is an edgy film, but it is an hilarious and over-the-top spoof that, despite it's gore, is actually one of the sweetest films in the Monster Fest program!"

The decision is made even more baffling by the fact that Father's Day had been granted a temporary festival exemption by the Classification Board before it screened at Sydney's A Night of Horror Film Festival earlier this year, and the film has even been passed without any cuts by the notoriously strict British Board of Film Classification for its UK release. According to Dean Bertram, Director of the A Night of Horror Film Festival "This is yet another example of the draconian censorship in this country. Laws that restrict Australian adults from viewing legally produced materials that are freely available in the rest of the world are an embarrassment and need to be overhauled immediately". Well said Dean!

Produced by Canadian collective Astron-6 and described as a "gleefully sick, outrageously offensive, gory, repugnant, stupid and entertaining" movie by our own Stuart G. when we reviewed Troma's US Blu-ray release earlier this year, Father's Day tells the story of Ahab, a one-eyed vigilante who sets out to stop the murderous rampage of a psychopath know as the "Father's Day killer" – a man notorious for buggering and butchering fathers on Father's Day!

You can read our full review of Father's Day here.

Father's Day was due to screen this Sunday at 8.00pm after Manborg, another Canadian film by Astron-6.

The Twisted TwinsIt's not all bad news however. While the banning of Father's Day left a gaping hole in the Monster Fest line-up it was quickly filled by twin sisters Jen & Sylvia Soska, who will now present a screening of their debut feature Dead Hooker in a Trunk followed by a Q&A session. The Twisted Twins had just arrived in town for Monster Fest's closing night screening of their latest production American Mary.

Sadly this is not the first time Monster Pictures has been given a rough shafting by our local censors, with both The Human Centipede 2 and Hanger also being refused classification in the past 12 months. The Human Centipede 2 was eventually passed after approximately 30 seconds of footage was removed, while Hanger will most likely remain banned for some time.

Monster Fest will be screening a host of twisted treats until November 9. The full festival program is available at www.monsterfest.com.au and tickets can be purchased from the Cinema Nova website.

You can also like the Monster Pictures Facebook page and follow Monster Pictures on Twitter for updates.

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