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I Spit On Your Grave (1978) 1978 NR

In this cult classic, a New York City writer retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there, she is brutally raped by four country boys and left for dead. Surviving the assault, she carefully plots and executes horrific, bloody revenge against her attackers.

Starring:
Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Meir Zarchi
Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor
Supporting actors Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann, Alexis Magnotti, Tammy Zarchi, Terry Zarchi, Traci Ferrante, William Tasgal, Isaac Agami, Ronit Haviv
Studio Anchor Bay
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 5, 2004
Format: DVD
When movies first came out on video there were two legendary exploitation films I had to track down. One was "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the other was "I Spit on Your Grave," which is actually the more memorable film of the pair overall (although I do grant the highest place to the "hook" scene in TCM). Director Meir Zarchi's 1978 film has become rather infamous, since critics hated it, audiences were outraged, and the film was banned in Germany and Great Britain. The story, such as it is, finds Jennifer Hill (Camille Keaton, Buster's grand-niece) out in the woods of Connecticut to work on a novel when she crosses the path of some local boys who decide she should be the first sexual partner for their mentally-disabled friend. When he cannot complete the rape, his friends do it for him. Then they decide that they are not done with Jennifer.
At issue are not Jennifer's specific acts of revenge, including the infamous bathroom scene, but rather the series of brutal rapes that precede them. I do not want to meet anyone who is not disturbed by these rape scenes and I think it is fairly obvious that Zarchi intended to make audiences uncomfortable. In retrospect you have to wonder about all those movies with rape scenes that do NOT upset the audience (the current obvious exception that proves the rule would be what happens in "Monster" right before the first murder). But Zarchi certainly pours it on thick, absolutely assuring that things go beyond the tolerance level of anyone who watches this film. So the bottom line is that this film will upset you and it is therefore effective at doing exactly what it wants to do. I have always considered this an "X" rated movie although I would not consider it pornographic in the traditional sense.
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I remember first seeing " I Spit on Your Grave" twenty plus years ago when I was fifteen or sixteen years old. The video store should have never allowed me to rent it; this film deserves a stronger rating than R.

Certainly, over the years my memory had embellished the film; nonetheless, it still shocked me, today.

It is easy to forget that there are actors following a script. The film is evenly paced and unrelenting. Unlike " The Last House on the Left," there is no comic relief to remind the viewer that there is a director. One is forced to confront the brutality of rape and violence.

The actress is quite convincing and deserves recognition. The rape scenes are borderline snuff quality except for the fact the editing and directing have moments of brilliance. The men are sickening and easily hated; they are just vicious animals without any redeeming qualities, yet they are believable. Let us not forget, there are men who commit these attrocities. One can appreciate why she seeks revenge.

Without question, the rape scenes are some of the most disturbing moments in cinematic history. The castration scene is unparalleled. The special effects are just that, effective.

The DVD is an excellent package. " I Spit on Your Grave" isn't presented as a low budget film. It is art; it's not a slasher flick; it's not meant for entertainment.

Buyer beware...
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Well, now all the folks who wish writer/director Meir Zarchi would explain his controversial, infamous, and disturbing rape and revenge film can get their wish for the price of this Millennium edition DVD, which includes a feature-length commentary by Zarchi. In this commentary, Zarchi confirms what this film's defenders (including me) have been claiming all along -- that his intention was definitely not to promote rape to his male viewers, but rather to expose the true ugliness of the crime. He talks at length about the real-life encounter with a rape victim that inspired the film, and about the people he worked with in making it. He also discusses the technical aspects in enough detail to prove this is not the shoddy, haphazard production some folks want to claim it is. I also learned a few interesting facts about the film business in general. For example, when you submit a movie to the MPAA, they'll tell you it has to be cut to get an R rating, but they won't tell you WHAT to cut.
Besides answering your questions about the film, Zarchi's commentary also provides a clue as to what sort of person he is. Overall, he comes across as intelligent, articulate, and even compassionate.
However, he also comes across as a bit egotistical, which is why the second feature-length commentary by Joe Bob Briggs is useful for its more balanced perspective. Although Briggs defends the movie, pointing out specific scenes that exemplify its anti-rape viewpoint, he's objective enough to point out flaws where he sees them. For example, why on earth did Johnny send the mentally-challenged Matthew back to the house to kill Jennifer, when Matthew was almost certain to bungle the job? Briggs also addresses two ethical questions that have always bothered me.
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I originally saw this movie in the early 80's when I was an impressionable child. It was one of those notorious films that kids whispered about--one filled with plenty of nudity and brutality. Along with "Last House on the Left" and "Faces of Death," "I Spit On Your Grave" exemplified exploitation cinema. I didn't particularly like the movie--even then I appreciated the finer arts. But based on its reputation and its controversial history, I knew I wanted to include this title in my extensive DVD library. Heck, it must be better than I remembered to have a Deluxe Millennium edition!

Well, in truth, it is better than I remembered. The amateurish quality lends it a gritty realism that actually works in the film's favor. Over the last couple of decades, we've become a little less sensitized to violence--some of our biggest hits are basically torture movies (think "Saw" or "Hostel"). So while the rape scenes are still quite disturbing, they are somehow less shocking. More astounding, Camille Keaton's performance is actually quite accomplished. Her reactions and subsequent revenge play out quite well.

Some claim this film as a feminist treatise, and some as vile female degradation. It's actually a bit of both--but I don't think the film merits a serious philosophical discussion. Either way, it was meant to assault your senses--and that it does.

Mind you, I'm not claiming "I Spit On Your Grave" is a great movie. But it is essential viewing for those interested in this genre. And for my money, it has held up better than "Last House On The Left"--although I do prefer the plot of "Last House".

A film entitled "I Spit On Your Grave" isn't for everyone. So don't let the charming title fool you, this isn't one for the whole family. KGHarris, 10/06.
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