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Alien Covenant Officially Rated 15 in UK

Ridley Scott made it clear from the outset that Alien Covenant was to be shot as a Hard R movie. Last week, we had confirmation that, just like every other Alien movie barring Alien vs Predator, Alien Covenant was officially rated R in the US for “sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity.

Meanwhile, this week, the British Board of Film Classification has rated Alien Covenant a 15 in the UK uncut with a runtime of 121 mins 55 secs. The 15 rating is for “strong bloody violence, gore, strong language.” The certificate isn’t really a surprise – every recent movie in the franchises have been rated a 15. Here’s a little bit of trivia for you – Alien Resurrection is the only movie in the entire Alien/Predator franchise to have still been given a 18 certificate after re-ratings.

 Alien Covenant Officially Rated 15 in UK

By the looks of the Alien Covenant footage I saw on Alien Day last week, the film will be a lot gorier than its predecessor. I always felt Prometheus had a very tame R Rating compared to the other films in the series so it’s nice to see the horror has been amped up.

Thanks to Wobblyboddle77 and Darren for the news. Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on Alien: Covenant! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien fans on our forums!



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Comments: 22
  1. motherfather
    ^ Thank my lucky stars. Although, given how tame Prometheus was besides that one medpod scene, I would have thought - just based on the covenant trailers - that there would have been a huge gulf between the prometheus and covenant ratings.

    On a scale, I would have put covenant nearer to the Trainspotting/Event Horizon end of the age rating spectrum.
  2. motherfather
    Im going back a few years, but... The witches of eastwick got an 18 rating. And Alien Covenant gets a 15? Wtf?

    Sticks in my mind because I was waaay younger and managed to pass for 18.  I don't remember much sex or gore, maybe a few f words but that was about it. All the guys at school were super jealous as they didnt look old enough. I couldn't have cared less if there were sex scenes though. I was just in it for Cher dammit!

    Was sorely disppointed when she didnt wear something sparkly and sequiney. Lol!

    It must be so easy for the kids to get in to see films underage nowadays.
  3. T Dog
    I hope this doesn't translate into the film pulling its punches.

    It doesn't. It's not gratuitous like Requiem was, but it's plenty bloody when it wants to be.

    How come the UK rating doesn't mention the sex/nudity but the US rating does?  ???

    Yeah, the American ratings system's really messed up. Horrific violence? Fine. A breast? You can't show that!

    I think it's a bit more balanced here in the UK (now that the BBFC no longer executes a merciless persecution of headbutts lol).
    Aaaah those Matrix edits  :D

    The way Ridley was going on I fully expected the classification to be an 18, but hey ho.

    Most films that end up 18 in UK have either to be extremely violent or have graphic sex scenes.

    15s can still be quite horrifying.


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    Well it got rated 16's in Ireland (we have 15s too) which means its gonna hit a bit harder than most violent movies. 18s is usual reserved for sexual violence and explicit sex scenes these days. So a bbfc 15s is probably fine for Sci Fi horror (although I heard the film is more of a thriller than a horror).
  4. Marcus9000
    The way Ridley was going on I fully expected the classification to be an 18, but hey ho.

    Most films that end up 18 in UK have either to be extremely violent or have graphic sex scenes.

    15s can still be quite horrifying.


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  5. HuDaFuK
    I hope this doesn't translate into the film pulling its punches.

    It doesn't. It's not gratuitous like Requiem was, but it's plenty bloody when it wants to be.

    How come the UK rating doesn't mention the sex/nudity but the US rating does?  ???

    Yeah, the American ratings system's really messed up. Horrific violence? Fine. A breast? You can't show that!

    I think it's a bit more balanced here in the UK (now that the BBFC no longer executes a merciless persecution of headbutts lol).
  6. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, the BBFC seems to be very lenient on blood and gore these days. Even AVP:R was only a 15, and some the violence in that is pretty grim.

    Suffice to say, Covenant is a bloody movie. The press kit features an opening quote from Ridley saying, "We're going to need a lot of claret." :laugh:
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