I Spit On Your Grave (1978) Release Banned In Ireland
By James Whittington
Wednesday 22nd Sep 2010
The Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) has banned the DVD re-release of the highly controversial 1978 horror film I Spit On Your Grave. UK fans of the infamous cult film, originally released under the name Day of the Woman in 1978 and later re-titled to I Spit on Your Grave, will be able to purchase the ultimate collector's edition on DVD and Blu-ray as of this week. However Irish fans of the cult video nasty will be prohibited from purchasing locally.
The decision to ban the DVD re-release of the cult film was due to the film depicting "acts of gross violence and cruelty (including mutilation and torture) towards humans." The film has gained a reputation as an extremely graphic and violent film as well as one of the most talked about film in cinema history. It tells the story of Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) a magazine writer from New York who retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. There she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead by four country boys.
Director Meir Zarchi commented on the ban: "It doesn't surprise me that Ireland have decided to ban the film. It has relentlessly continued to shock and offend audiences since 1978 when it was first released, and it still does to this date. However, with the level of graphic violence and horror available these days, it's surprising that IFCO sees this 1978 film more offensive than some of the most daring and empty of content torture porn available today. Since the birth of the Internet all censor boards around the world have instantly become irrelevant. IFCO included. Anyone anywhere in the universe can simply push a button on any video website store and order a disc of I Spit On Your Grave. There are no iron curtains in the skies that can stop it from landing at his or her door. Are we going through the Lady Chatterley's Lover syndrome all over again? The bottom line - thank you IFCO for promoting the film in Ireland."
Eoghan Burke Sales Director, Lace DMS Ltd (Eire) said, "Disappointed and saddened that the IFCO have taken this decision, I thought we had moved on from these times. It just drives business away from bricks and mortar and into the hands of online, denying much needed revenue to traditional retail!"