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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 123m 47s

Release date 09/07/2010

Ratings Info Contains moderate fantasy violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) David Slade

Cast includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 29/06/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ECLIPSE is a romantic fantasy drama involving vampires and werewolves, the third in a series based on the 'Twilight' novels. The film was classified '12A' and contains moderate fantasy violence.

The majority of the violence occurs between fantasy creatures - either werewolves versus vampires or good vampires versus bad vampires. The violence itself is of a fantastical nature, with plenty of flying leaps and zips through the air, and creatures snarling and swiping at each other but only making undetailed contact. A battle sequence at the film's climax, when the bands of vampires and wolves clash together, is swiftly edited and there is no visible injury. One of the main characters, a werewolf, is slammed onto the ground and a doctor says that he has broken all the bones on the right side of his body. However, we do not see any injury and are told that werewolves heal remarkably quickly, so the character is soon up and about.

The vampire characters seem to be made of porcelain or stone and shatter when they are killed or injured, rather than bleeding or displaying any realistic injury. We see a vampire hit on the head and his skull simply shatters. Later, we see a vampire's head pulled off and another of the evil vampires loses a hand, holding up a stony stump. In the same scene, a female vampire's head is bitten off by one of the heroes. The severed head lies on the ground next to the body, both seemingly made of stone. Although the sight of the head next to the body is rather unnerving, the dead vampire is very much the villain of the piece and is a direct threat to the film's heroes. This lack of blood enables the film to be passed at '12A', where the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail'.

There are just two scenes in the film in which we see blood. The first occurs during a flashback to the creation of the wolf-tribe. We see a woman stab herself in the stomach in order to distract a vampire who is feeding on her partner. We do not see the blow or the injury, just a bloody mark on her tunic. Later, inspired by the same story, the film's heroine uses a sharp rock to cut her own arm. Again, we do not see the injury or the impact, just a trickle of blood running down her arm from under her shirt. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood'.

The only real violence against a human comes as one character tells the story of her conversion to vampire form. In flashback, we see her being shoved about by her drunken fiance as his friends look on, laughing. He suggests she removes some of her clothing and there is an implication of sexual violence as we hear her scream. However, the camera remains fixed on the face of one of the observers and we do not return to the scene. The woman says in voice-over that she was left for dead. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'Sexual violence may only be implied or briefly and discreetly indicated, and must have a strong contextual justification'.

The film also contains some mild sex references, with the heroine telling the hero that she wants to have 'every human experience' before she's turned into a vampire. However, he insists they wait until they are married. There is also an awkward conversation between the heroine and her father, in which he asks whether 'You guys are taking precautions'. She reassures him that she remains a virgin and he is pleased


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