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Some condemned it as 'vile', 'depraved' and 'degenerate entertainment'. Others acclaimed it as 'disturbing', 'misunderstood', and 'the ultimate feminist movie'. Now more than 30 years later, re-experience one of the most hated, debated and controversial movies of all time: Camille Keaton stars as Jennifer Hills, an attractive city woman who rents a backwoods cabin to begin writing her first novel. She is soon attacked by a group of local lowlifes - including one who is mentally disabled - and dragged screaming into a nightmare of rape, sodomy and violence. Left for dead, she devises a horrific plan for revenge. These men will be cut, chopped, broken and burned beyond recognition...but no jury in America would ever convict her. You may be shocked, outraged or even disgusted. Yet you will never forget the raw impact of the original I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.
Audio Commentary with Author/Historian Joe Bob Briggs
The Values of Vengeance: Meir Zarchi Remembers I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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I give it three stars. All of them for Camille. The balance of what's left is merely inept.Published 1 day ago by David Wells
Do not let kids watch this movie, definitely need to have a strong stomach, comparable to last house on the left but a good movie!Published 6 days ago by JESSICA M.
Over the years, I never rented this and I had always assumed that this was just another tacky violent low budget "B" horror movie. Read morePublished 6 days ago by (®_0)