Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman In Black the most complained about film of 2012

BBFC said some felt British horror was too scary for kids

Daniel Radcliffe horror movie - ‘The Woman In Black’ - is the most complained about film of the year so far according to British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

It attracted 120 complaints, three times as many as 2011’s most complained about movie, ballet drama ‘Black Swan’.

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On the BBFC website they warn that the film - which sees Radcliffe play a young lawyer who visits a remote, haunted village - contains "a number of scenes of supernatural horror and threat".

Haunting... Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman In Black (Copyright: Hammer Films)

The issue may have been the rating. ‘The Woman In Black’ had six seconds of cuts made to ensure it got a '12A' .

The BBFC told us that they would not reveal the nature of complaints until next year, but admitted "some people felt the film was too scary at '12A'".

The controversial certificate was introduced in 2002 after school kids complained that the old '12' rating (i.e. no one under that age was allowed in) barred them from seeing 'Spider-Man'.

The BBFC introduced the softer '12A', which allows youngsters under that age to see the film if accompanied by an adult.

The vague rating however has been a constant irritant to the BBFC, with the vast majority of their complaints reserved for '12A' films that were felt to be too grown-up for the age bracket.

These include 'Casino Royale', 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' and 'Beowulf'.

The most complained about film of all time in Britain is ‘The Dark Knight’, which received 364 complaints in 2008. The rating? '12A'.

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