Fans of more “extreme” films have a lot to look forward to with two heavily talked about films: I Spit on Your Grave and A Serbian Film. While Spit may be more of a known name for horror fans (it is a remake of the 1978 cult film), A Serbian Film is the one that has audiences shocked and film festival organizers scared. “FILM4 Frightfest” is the most recent festival that has organizers cowering in fear. Not only is the festival pulling the plug on A Serbian Film completely, but they will also be removing scenes from the upcoming remake of I Spit on Your Grave. Read on for reasons for the cuts.
Reports from “Screen Daily” say that the British Board of Film Classification required cuts to both films in order for them to be shown at the festival. The statement from the board states that they wanted to remove parts that “eroticized sexual assault” as well as anything that “encouraged viewer complicity.” While A Serbian Film could have been shown in a heavily edited format, the festival is choosing not to show it that way so as not to have any “time-line complexities surrounding the film.” Even years after the “Video Nasties” craze finally ceased in the UK (the original I Spit on Your Grave was on the long list of Nasties), it amazes me that the content of films can still be so heavily regulated by a group of individuals . Whatever happened to individuals making there own decisions regarding what or what they don’t want to watch? In any case, Spit comes to US theaters in an “Unrated” format in October. Unfortunately there has not been any news regarding when A Serbian Film will get released here. Until then, you can head over to Trailer Addict for a trio of unrated trailers for the film. As I said at the beginning .. for the extreme film-goer only. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.