Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Ireland says "No !" to I Spit On Your Grave

From the Irish Times website... THE IRISH Film Classification Office has banned the DVD re-release of Meir Zarchi’s notorious 1978 horror film I Spit on Your Grave. The body, formerly the Irish Film Censor’s Office, has, in recent years, been reluctant to ban films outright, so this must be viewed as an unusual move. The reason given for declining to issue a certificate for the DVD, was the depiction of “acts of gross violence and cruelty towards humans”. Mr Zarchi commented: “It doesn’t surprise me that Ireland have decided to ban the film.

The decision comes a little less than a year after John Kelleher, seen as a liberalising force, retired as the director of classification. Ger Connolly, the current acting director, was formerly an accountant in the advertising and manufacturing industries. The reissue is timed to coincide with an upcoming remake of Mr Zarchi’s creaky original.

I'm surprised by this... Head censor Ger Connolly's move to make the film unavailable is perplexing considering the DVD can be obtained from the UK in a matter of days, never mind the fact that the film is beamed into Irish homes almost weekly on Sky's Horror channel. This is not the first time Ireland has refused classification to titles freely available in the UK - in the early 90's Ken Russell's film Whore was refused a release, as was From Dusk Til Dawn and the 2002 film Spun. Is this latest banning the beginning of a new era of stringent censorship ? Watch this space....


  1. I think the mundane truth of the matter is that the Irish Censor simply doesn't like the idea of I Spit On Your Grave being available in Irish shops, perhaps it puts a taint on our nation... unlike the Censors, I think everyone living on this island should have the right to choose for themselves. It's really the ago old censorship debate going round in circles. I like the film, I think it's a film that deserves a life, and any film that allows the audience to empathize with a victim of sexual assault (which the film and Camille Keaton does) is a good thing...