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Making R rated movies

Making R rated movies — Producers of ”Basic Instinct” and ”Sleepwalkers” hope their films receive an R rating

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Columbia/TriStar’s Basic Instinct trimmed sex scenes to win an R rating, and now the company’s Steven King’s Sleepwalkers, which opens April 10, is draining gore for the same reason. The movie, about a vanishing breed who suck the life force from virgin victims, depicts blood- | spurting wounds. The filmmakers screened four revised versions for the MPAA ratings board before giving up many of their favorite gross-out bits.

Contracted to deliver an R movie, director Mick Garris (Psycho IV) trimmed nine scenes, including a ”date rape” in which Twin Peaks star Madchen Amick jabs a corkscrew into the eye of Brian Krause (Return to the Blue Lagoon). The final edit does not show the corkscrew’s gloppy removal from Krause’s eye socket. Such deletions, says Garris, actually work against the MPAA’s intentions. ”When you cut something that was over the top and cartoony,” he complains, disingenuously, ”it only becomes more realistic.”