Vue denies canceling screenings of a new horror film due to its “offensive” content.
On Wednesday (June 1), Rob Savage, director of dashboardshared a screenshot online of what appeared to be an email from a Vue employee.
The email, apparently sent to a customer who had purchased a ticket to see dashboardstated that all screenings had been canceled “due to the content of the film, which may offend our audience”.
However, in a statement to The Independenta spokesperson for Vue said: “Our decision not to screen DASHCAM it was exclusively because the commercial conditions were not viable”.
The statement continues: “We are currently investigating the cause of the misinformation about our reasons for not showing this film, and we regret any confusion this has caused.”
In the screenshot that Savage had shared online, the email read: “Thank you for your question about dashboard. I received information from our screen staff and they have decided that we will not screen dashboard at any of our locations due to the content of the film, which may offend our audience.”
“At Vue we believe in diversity and any film that may offend the public, we can decide not to show at the last second without warning. I’m sorry this is not the result I was looking for.”
Savage posted the screenshot with his own tweet, which read: “Apparently @vuecinemas has canceled our DASHCAM screenings because the movie is too offensive! If that doesn’t make you want to see this movie, what will?
After the premiere of dashboard in the UK at the London Film Festival in October 2021, the found footage film was called “one of the most polarizing horror films in years”.
The film, shot on an iPhone, follows a musician (Annie Hardy) who, depressed by her pandemic lifestyle in Los Angeles, breaks quarantine to go to London to see her bandmate (Amar Chadha-Patel).
However, it doesn’t take long for things to change when Annie decides to broadcast her actions live for viewers online.
Many people who attended the premiere at London’s Prince Charles cinema in October couldn’t get enough of the film’s strong emotions, and many agreed that it needs to be seen with an audience. However, many argued that it was not for the faint of heart, and that some of the frights in the film had to be seen to be believed (there are no spoilers here).
Produced by Jason Blum and co-written by Savage alongside Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd, dashboard It opens in select theaters (and definitely not on Vue) on June 3. On June 6 it will be released in digital format.
Savage’s previous film, Hostcan be seen in streaming in Shuder.