Update: Into the River
The Film and Literature Board of Review has issued its decision on the book Into the River.
The book has been classified Unrestricted. This means that it can be supplied to anyone, of any age.
For detailed information about the classification history of the book, see the updated case study on our website for students. The case study includes the official written decisions on the book from the Classification Office and the Film and Literature Board of Review.
Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension
R13 Violence and horror scenes. Content may disturb
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension follows a young family who find in their new home a video camera that picks up strange images. Demonic forces are at work and the family is plagued by horrifying night time events. The films plays on primal fears of the dark and the unseen. It uses jump scares, dark demon shapes and creepy sound effects in a way that children will find very frightening. However, the lack of realistic or detailed violence means the film is suitable for a wider audience. It is therefore classified R13.
R16 Graphic violence, horror, sex scenes and offensive language
Crimson Peak follows Edith Cushing, a young American novelist who moves to a crumbling mansion in Cumbria with her new husband. Several ghosts inhabit the house and the terrified Edith must unravel their secrets. The film is atmospheric and the ghosts are terrifying. There are also scenes of strong violence, one of which is brutally graphic and disturbing. Sexual content is limited but is not suitable for children. For these reasons the film is classified R16.
We have information for parents, teachers, librarians, lawyers and anyone else who has a question, complaint, or wants to know about New Zealand's classification system.
If you are a New Zealand Customs Officer, member of the New Zealand Police or work for the Courts you will find information about the classification system related to your work in this section of our website.
The Classification Office has created a specialised website full of useful information and case studies for NCEA students studying the classification system.
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