Amidst the washed-out, black and grey Gothic production design of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, there is a lot of red - blood red that is.
And it has proven to be too much blood for the Thai censors, who have asked distributor Warner Bros. to tone it down for the film's release in Thailand.
In this adaptation of a stage musical by Tim Burton, Johnny Depp portrays a murderous barber who uses his razors to slit the throats of dozens of his customers who come to his tonsorial parlour. They get a much closer shave than they bargained for. Some of the graphic scenes of throats being cut and spraying, spurting blood have been pixellated out through the same "foggy blurring" process that is used to obscure nudity, smoking, drug use and guns on Thai television and home-video releases.
While pixellation has been used to blot out sexual acts and naked body parts in films, violence in cinematic releases has traditionally received a pass by censors, but with the release of Sweeney Todd, which opens in Thailand cinemas on Thursday, it appears that blood-letting, no matter how stylised and cartoonish, is a no-no.
Is there any point in going to see a film in Thai cinemas? I'm beginning to think not. If the new ratings system is enacted, will the Thai censors continue their defacing of films? More than likely so.