The Abyss is a Science-Fiction Adventure movie that was written & directed by James Cameron and is released by 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios since February 2020). The movie was released on August 9th, 1989. Due to the BBFC's strict policies regarding animal cruelty, the movie had to be censored in order to release it in the UK.


UK Censorship[]

  • The scene where rats are breathing in the oxygen fluid are cut and replaced with close ups of the characters describing what's happening.

Where to find it uncensored[]

Every other country has it completely uncensored. Because the censorship still exists to this day, a planned 4K Ultra-HD release in the UK was cancelled as James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment refused to censor the rat scene again. Brits however may import the 4K Blu-ray from North America or any other European country once released.