Saturday 17 March 2018

Censor's DVD ban fails to frighten director

Sarah Stack

The re-release of a controversial 1978 horror movie has been banned by the film censor.

The Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) has blocked the sale of the DVD 'I Spit on Your Grave', starring Buster Keaton's granddaughter Camille Keaton.

The IFCO confirmed the movie was prohibited on September 14 for depicting acts of gross violence and cruelty towards humans.

Director Meir Zarchi said he was not surprised the censor decided to ban the film, in which an aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped and left for dead by four men who she then systematically hunts down for revenge.

"It has relentlessly continued to shock audiences since 1978 when it was first released, and it still does," he said.

The IFCO last made a prohibition order in 2007 when it banned the video game 'Manhunt 2'. However, Zarchi said the ban will just give the movie more publicity.

"Anyone, anywhere, can simply push a button on any video website store and order 'I Spit On Your Grave'. Are we going through the 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' syndrome all over again? Thank you, IFCO, for promoting the film in Ireland."

Irish Independent

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