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Tesco remove DVD nasty The Hospital from shelves after Citizen intervention

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

The Hospital DVD

The Hospital DVD

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TESCO bosses have removed a horror film featuring extreme sexual violence from sale in all stores nationwide after being alerted to the content by the Citizen.

The Hospital is rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification and was on sale for £8 in the DVD section of the Gloucester St Oswald’s Tesco.

Citizen Content Editor Matt Holmes bought the film at the weekend and said he was shocked by the graphic content of the film.

The story tells the tale of haunted Old St Leopald’s Hospital where a serial killer psychopath called Stanley is on the loose.

“I love horror films and I am not easily shocked,” said Matt.

“But I wasn’t prepared for the graphic sexually violent scenes depicted in this film.”

The theme of the film was about ‘snuff’ movies being filmed at the abandoned hospital.

Snuff films feature the rape and then murder of women.

It also features scenes of rape of both men and women as well as scenes of sexual torture using an electric drill.

“The quality of the film was terrible in my opinion so I’m not sure why Tesco would want to sell it anyway,” said Matt.

“But it was the nature of graphic sexual violence which I found shocking.

“I would have no problem with the film being sold online or available for rent but I didn’t expect to see it for sale in Tesco.

“I was also surprised having watched it that there was nothing on the cover warning of the extreme nature of the content as you normally see on films like this.”

The DVD’s cover described it as ‘bloody, violent and creepy as hell’ and said it was ‘the sickest film since Rosemary’s baby.’

The BBFC warning does not make reference to the extreme sexually violent content of the film.

Matt contacted Tesco and the superstore giant took swift action removing it from sale from all stores nationwide and from online.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “The Hospital is approved for general release and rated 18. “However, on this occasion, we’ve made the judgement to remove it from sale.

“We are always pleased to listen to feedback and remain focused on offering the most popular titles to our customers.”

Matt said: “I think Tesco have done the right thing by removing it from sale so quickly and it’s good to see they react to feedback from customers.”

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 24 2014, 1:34PM

    @Galactic ha ha that's a good one. :)

  • JasonArnopp  |  March 21 2014, 4:41PM

    This really is an idiotic piece. Man Shocked By Horror In Horror Film. In future Matt, leave the big decisions to the BBFC, who gave this film its UK certificate.

  • GalacticWound  |  March 21 2014, 2:41PM

    Matt, don't get off your high horse yet! I've found another film at Tesco and it's got sexual violence, normal violence, racism - the lot!! God Speed Moral Crusader! http://tinyurl.com/ol82vmg

  • Horrorman  |  March 20 2014, 10:09PM

    Pardon me Matt, but who are you to dictate what films should be sold at any given DVD outlet? Perhaps you should stick to Disney cartoons, as it sounds like horror films are a bit too scary for delicate types like yourself!

  • HuckiePhil  |  March 20 2014, 4:13PM

    Personally, I'm delighted to have Content Editor Matt Holmes as my moral guardian. Thank you Matt, I trust 100% you to ensure I am unoffended by anything I might find in Tesco, and if I may, I'd like to give you a tip to look into - this week I found a newspaper in my local branch with small ads for what I believe are called 'ladies of the night' in it! I know, I was shocked too! Now, what was the journal called again? I know it was a local daily, it began with a 'C' and cost me 60p...

  • Knight2000  |  March 20 2014, 3:58PM

    Its people like Citizen Content Editor Matt Holmes who have nothing else better to do than complain like a little old woman about a movie. Anyone at any age can watch what ever they want on the internet, the most violent films for free. You should of done something much more constructive like rearrange your sock drawer.

  • MrBigEdd99  |  March 20 2014, 3:38PM

    I'm sure Tesco staff, probably just thought you were a do gooder.

  • MrBigEdd99  |  March 20 2014, 3:26PM

    The adverts on this site offend me more!

  • MrBigEdd99  |  March 20 2014, 3:22PM

    This is a disgrace. How dare the Citizen try and dictate what people can buy. The BBFC have already cleared this, so who are you to judge on what people can and can't buy! As Tesco say this film is approved for general release! I want to start a campaign now to get this back on the shelves at Tesco. What did you expect Mark Holmes, the whole community to support you? GOOD ONE!!!

  • Peter_Parker  |  March 20 2014, 1:32PM

    Well, I for one definitely want to watch it now. I love horror - the more twisted the better. The Citizen should be ashamed of themselves. How dare you decide what the public should and shouldn't buy from Tesco just on the basis of one person not liking a film.

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