A British film censorship board has banned a U.S. horror movie that contains scenes of neo-Nazis terrorizing a Jewish family, the Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday.
The movie, "Hate Crime," depicts anti-Semitic thugs breaking into the family's homem and mutilating and sexually abusing family members, according to the Chronicle.
The British Board of Film Classification ruled that a substantial part of the 70-minute film was "unacceptable," and therefore could not be shown in cinemas or released on DVD, even if the controversial scenes were cut.
"'Hate Crime' focuses on the terrorization, mutilation, physical and sexual abuse and murder of the members of a Jewish family by the neo-Nazi thugs who invade their home," the board wrote in its ruling.
"To issue a classification to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's guidelines, would risk potential harm and would be unacceptable to broad public opinion."
American director James Cullen Bressack wrote and directed the film, which was screened in the United States in 2012.
"I find it unbelievable that a film that shows little to no on-screen violence and no nudity was actually banned," responded Bressack. "It just shows the power of what is implied and people's imagination; and is a testament to the fact that the same crimes that happen in the world are truly horrifying."
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