British Board of Film Censors is an organisation funded by the film industry that is responsible for the age certificates for films in the UK.Movies are certified so everyone can enjoy a movie knowing whatit will contain so they can avoid being offended or caused any form of psychological harm e.g. being scared. It is also a good idea because parents can control what their children see so they’re not witnessing any content, such as sex or horror, that the parent sees to be inappropriate for the childs age.
Universal“All ages admitted, there is nothing unsuitable for children.” Parental Guidance “All ages admitted, but certain scenes may be unsuitable for young children. May contain mild language and sex/drugs references. May contain moderate violence if justified by context (e.g. fantasy).”
12A“Films under this category are considered to be unsuitable for very young people. Thoseaged under 12 years are only admitted if accompanied by an adult. Films under thiscategory can contain mature themes, discrimination, soft drugs, moderate swear words,infrequent strong language and moderate violence, sex references and nudity. Sexualactivity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sexual violence may be implied or brieflyindicated.” 12“Home media only since 2002. Nobody younger than 12 can rent or buy a 12-ratedVHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game. The content guidelines are identical to thoseused for the 12A certificate.”
15“Nobody younger than 15 can rent or buy a 15-rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMDor game, or watch a film in the cinema with this rating. Films under this categorycan contain adult themes, hard drugs, frequent strong language and limited use ofvery strong language, strong violence and strong sex references, and nudity withoutgraphic detail. Sexual activity may be portrayed but without any strong detail.Sexual violence may be shown if discreet and justified by context.” The Wolfman, 2010 Ben Talbot is confronted by an unknown creature in the Blackmoor woods. He tries to escape, but is attacked, chased and killed by the beast. Wolf, 1994 Will Randall is bitten by a wolf while driving home through Vermont. Underworld, 2003 For generations, a secret war has raged between vampires and Lycans, an ancient species of werewolf.
18“Nobody younger than 18 can rent or buy an 18-rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMDor game, or watch a film in the cinema with this rating. Films under this category donot have limitation on the bad language that is used. Hard drugs are generallyallowed, and explicit sex references along with detailed sexual activity are alsoallowed. Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by the context. Verystrong, gory, and/or sadistic violence is usually permitted. Strong sexual violence ispermitted unless it is eroticised or excessively graphic.” An American Werewolf In London, 1981 An American backpacker is mauled by a werewolf on the Yorkshire moors, turning into a beast himself while he convalesces in London. The Howling, 1981 A Los Angeles television news anchor is being stalked by a serial murderer. Silver Bullet, 1985 A rocky relationship changes after a series of murders in their small rural town of Tarkers Mills, Maine.