Hatchet II Will Be Released Unrated By A Major Theater Chain

By Josh Tyler 2010-09-14 14:13:22discussion comments
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Something kind of amazing is happening this October and itís happening in a theater near you. Two horror movies are being released, without ratings.

That might not sound like a big deal, after all unrated DVDs are fairly commonplace, a marketing gimmick used to lure in teenage boys hoping for nip-slips. But itís a big deal when it comes to theatrical releases because in the past, movie theaters simply wouldnít carry them. Movies with anything other than an MPAA rating of G, PG, PG-13, or R were automatically turned down by most of the nationís major theater chains. Itís why the NC-17 rating has for so long, been considered the kiss of death for any filmmaker hoping to show his movie to a wider audience. Major chains wonít show NC-17 movies, and while you could release the movie without a rating, that doesnít help because in the past they wouldnít show those either. Until October 1st that is.

On October 1st Hatchet II will be released Unrated. Itíll be followed a week later on October 8th by I Spit On Your Grave, also Unrated. Itís unclear right now exactly how many theaters I Spit On Your Grave will be in, but thanks to Script To Screen we now know that Hatchet II will indeed get a pretty big theatrical release, a release in which itís carried not just by sketchy indie theaters with questionable moral standards but by major theater chains. Theater chains like AMC.

Hatchet II will play Unrated in more than 60 AMC theaters alone, on screens all across the country. They have a complete list right here.

Iíll be honest. I have less than zero interest in seeing Hatchet II, but if it shows up in Vancouver, WA I may buy a ticket anyway. If youíd like to see more movie theaters willing to step outside the MPAAís constraints, consider doing the same.
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