Rent Censor (2021)

2.9 of 5 from 267 ratings
1h 24min
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Enid (Niamh Algar / Beau Gadsdon) is a film censor during Britain's infamous 'video nasty' era of the 80s. After her latest viewing has a disturbingly familiar storyline, she attempts to solve the past mystery of her sister's disappearance and embarks on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.
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Prano Bailey-Bond
Helen Sara Jones
Narrated By:
Al Gregg
Prano Bailey-Bond, Anthony Fletcher
Drama, Horror, Thrillers
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
84 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Release Date:
Run Time:
84 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • New audio commentary by Director and Co-Writer Prano Bailey-Bond and Executive Producer Kim Newman
  • New audio commentary by Prano Bailey-Bond, Director of Photography Annika Summerson, Editor Mark Towns and Sound Designer Tim Harrison
  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, Lindsay Hallam and Miranda Corcoran
  • My Own Nasty: a new interview with Prano Bailey-Bond
  • Penning a Nasty: a new interview with Co-Writer Anthony Fletcher
  • The Censor: a new interview with Actor Niamh Algar
  • Nasty Images: a new interview with Annika Summerson
  • I'm Cutting It: a new interview with Mark Towns
  • Nasty Sounds: a new interview with Composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
  • The Making of Censor
  • Nasty: a short film by Prano Bailey-Bond
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Enid's Gaze: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on Censor
  • Screening Q&A with Prano Bailey-Bond and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch hosted by Jed Shepherd
  • Prano Bailey-Bond in conversation with BBFC Compliance Officer David Hyman
  • My Nasty Memories by David Gregory
  • Ban the Sadist Videos! Parts One and Two documentary
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (2) of Censor

The curse of overhype - Censor review by AK

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A typical overhyped Ch4/BFI lottery new talent promotion. Interesting subject and era that hasn't been explored enough but plodding, cliched, pedestrian directing and script with even less depth than the average gore film of the time. And to think this film got made on the back of an even worse short film. It seems like the Ch4/BFI remit is no longer

developing out of the box innovative , risk taking films but developing filmmakers that tick all the boxes wth littel talent.

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Interesting Psychological Horror. - Censor review by GI

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An interesting psychological horror that will appeal to anyone who can nostalgically remember the video nasty period of the mid 1980s when the media and occasionally the UK government was only too ready to blame the ills of society on some pretty ropey horror videotapes. The story here, set in 1985, follows Enid (Niamh Algar), a conscientious member of the British Board of Film Classification, who spends her days viewing horror and violent exploitation films deciding whether to pass them for the general public. When she watches a newly submitted film she becomes convinced it is reenacting the disappearance of her sister many years ago and becomes obsessed with finding the films elusive director. Here we have a horror narrative where fact and fiction are blurred as Enid is shown possibly descending into madness. The film opens the debate of years ago of how can the censor be spared the effects he/she is exposed to whilst arguing the public must be so spared. Enid's colleagues are shown conflicted too with the men less affected by scenes of rape and yet shocked when a film passed by them is reported to have caused a murder. This is an assured debut from this director and it does have the some gore. The change in aspect ratio is a clever trope to simulate VHS tapes but also to hint at what is actually occurring is dream or reality. There's a a bit of a Lynchian vibe to this and it's worth checking out.

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Critic review

Censor review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The term Video Nasty should be familiar to any horror fans who lived through the 1980s or have boned up on their history. It was a time when anything violent, gory, and grotesque with rape and sex was subject to censorship. As a result of this level of censorship, many filmmakers attempted to go around censorship boards by going straight to home video. Censor is a film that attempts to find some darker and cerebral story centered around the quelling of violence and the draining and flawed nature of such art subjugation. For the most part, it works.

The film follows film censor Enid and her daily duties of observing graphic horror films that need to be decided on as either fit or unfit for audiences. She serves on a board who constantly bickers about how much blood is too much and how long a rape scene can proceed for. Enid is not exactly an apt candidate for this job considering she’s struggling with her own dark past. The disappearance of her sister has made Enid a wreck of a woman who struggles to connect with her parents and finds her subconscious slipping into darker territory.

One day, she comes across a movie that looks familiar. Coming from a mysterious and rather slimy director, the horror picture presented bears a strong resemblance to Enid’s past. She starts seeing shades of her sister and maybe even clues to how she lost her sibling. Curious, Enid digs deeper into figuring out more about this film. Her journey sends her down a rabbit hole where she ventures to video stores with secret stashes of banned VHS tapes and movie sets where the violence is questionable for its realism.

Niamh Algar does a great job playing Enid as a woman of conflicted morals and ethics on violence and herself. She likes to think of herself as doing some good in the world, almost as if she’s trying to save the world from experiencing the same sadness that she endured. I enjoyed how cerebral the character becomes where she finds herself unable to tell the difference between reality and fantasy, having spent her days drowned in movies of torture. There’s something to be said of how much say a censor has over what is produced and how it affects them more than anyone else. I started recalling interviews from the 1960s with Mary Avara, the woman who oversaw every film that came into her community that she deemed worthy of public consumption. It’s too much power for one woman or even a board.

The film never digs this deep into the material because, truthfully, there may not be much there to explore for a whole feature film. It instead focuses more on Enid’s surreal adventure of finding the truth amid grizzly violence and mysterious VHS tapes. There’s some pleasing moments in this dark tale that look so damn good. I particularly dug Enid’s trip to the video store where she uses her censorship knowledge to convince the clerk to rent her out the contraband. The videos presented to Enid feel very believable as low-budget and highly-violent horror pictures which spend a lot of time on money shots of sex and gore. There’s also a kernal of cruel truth to how a scummy director tries to convince Enid to be in one of his films as a means of both revenge and dark fascination.

Censor has its hills and valleys but mostly works as it keeps tumbling down a deeper and cerebral hole of trippy VHS terrors. There’s no shortage of 1980s retro chic horror and Censor thankfully stands out from most of the pack. It doesn’t touch on a whole lot more than reflections on violence and how it affects those who believe they are disaffected. Really, though, it feels more like a stylish waxing than any greater observation on this fascinating topic.

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