I’ll be honest; this wasn’t that much of a surprise to me. Australia has had a long history of banning movies based on content. Last House On The Left was banned for 32 years before being allowed within the parameters of this nation. Find out why Morgue Street has joined this long list.
Morgue Street was slated for screening at the A Night Of Horror Film Festival in Sydney, but the Australian Classification Board rejected it with a RC rating, two days before the screening, thus prohibiting any exhibit on Australian soil, due to “its material that is considered to offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults.”
Yep, that’s Australia to a tee. Anything deemed offensive by our classification board won’t be passed for at least a decade.
The short was previously shown into several festival around the world including the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and the Another Hole in the Head Festival.
“Morgue Street” is directed and edited by Alberto Viavattene and based upon the story The Murders in The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. The screenplay was written by Emiliano Ranzani (who also photographed the movie) and Viavattene himself: it deals of two prostitutes, mother and daughter, played by Desiree Giorgetti (star of Morituris and
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story) and Federica Tommasi (an Italian adult film actress who co-starred in Do It! – Fallo! by erotic auteur Tinto Brass) struggling against a mysterious creature after it has broken into their home. It is a tale of cruelty and desperation set in a violent, ferocious microcosmos where the weak will always succumb and redemption is ungainable. Brian Yuzna (director of Society and Bride of the Reanimator) called it “An original artistic horror” while cult author Jack Ketchum blessed it as “impressive and perverse”
I can’t resist showing you the short in question. What do you think? Should this film be allowed in the land Down Under or have the classification board gotten it right?
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