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Severed finger film ads 'banned'
Saw star Cary Elwes
The original Saw film starred Cary Elwes as a man held captive
Adverts for horror film Saw II have reportedly been banned by US censors for showing images of severed fingers.

An internet trailer and poster including images of dismembered fingers were not approved by a US ratings body, Hollywood Reporter magazine said.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) subsequently told producers Lions Gate Films to remove the publicity material from websites.

Saw II is the sequel to last year's transatlantic horror hit Saw.

Chained up

The movie, which featured two men chained up in a room by a serial killer, made more than $55m (30.5m) at the US box office.

The sequel stars ex-New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg as a detective trying to track down a man who forces his victims to kill each other.

The MPAA reviews all advertising and publicity materials submitted by producers and distributors before giving a US film its rating.

If it had examined the adverts for Saw II before their publication on the internet it would have found them "unacceptable", an MPAA spokesman told Hollywood Reporter.

The trade body said the internet trailer carried an unofficial "R" rating - awarded to films to show they cannot be watched by anyone under 17 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The MPAA added that some websites had offered the unapproved movie artwork for sale as a poster.

A spokeswoman for Lions Gate Films declined to comment.

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