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Astron-6’s cult hit FATHER’S DAY has
effectively been banned in Australia, according to a report from the Brisbane
Times. The Australian Classification Board laid down the verdict on October 31st
and gave the film the dreaded RC rating, essentially meaning the film has been
refused classification and as a result, cannot be screened in theaters, or
otherwise distributed, in the country.
In their assessment of the film, the Board
determined that the film belonged in a category of pictures that “depict,
express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime,
cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they
offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally
accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
For those that aren’t up on things, FATHER’S DAY is possibly the most fun you
will have at a movie that features a cannibal Dad-rapist. I’m guessing that’s
the kind of thing the board frowns upon.
This is bad news for cult film fans in the
land down under and particularly bad news for the Monster Fest film festival,
put on by cult distributor Monster Pictures, which was slated to screen
FATHER’S DAY as part of their ten-day program.
FATHER’S DAY now joins the illustrious ranks
of films banned in Australia, which sadly houses a baord all too happy to
censor films, video games and publications based on the moral standards of an
ever-shrinking community of religious conservatives. Other titles which hold
this honor include PINK FLAMINGOS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), CANNIBAL
HOLOCAUST, A SERBIAN FILM, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II and CALIGULA. Of course, the
censorship of these films led to nobody in Australia ever being exposed to
their filth and degradation, and the minds of the nation’s people remain
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