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.”