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I Spit on Your Grave (Millennium Edition) (1978)

Camille Keaton , Eron Tabor , Meir Zarchi  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann
  • Directors: Meir Zarchi
  • Writers: Meir Zarchi
  • Producers: Meir Zarchi, Joseph Zbeda
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Elite
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Spit on Your Grave (Millennium Edition)" on IMDb

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  • TV Spots
  • Still Photo Gallery
  • Reviews
  • Interviews
  • Foreign and Domestic Art

Editorial Reviews

Writer-director Meir Zarchi's controversial story of rape and revenge has lost none of its ability to shock viewers since it first gained notoriety in the late '70s. Camille Keaton (grand-niece of Buster Keaton and, later, Zarchi's wife) stars as a young woman who is terrorized and then brutally assaulted by four men while on vacation. After slowly pulling herself together, she methodically tracks down and butchers each of the perpetrators. Zarchi's film has been consistently accused of celebrating violence against women, and while the rape scenes are graphic, they also lack the voyeuristic qualities that earmark other similarly plotted exploitation films. If anything, Zarchi is guilty of awkward scripting; the dialogue is leaden, and Keaton's transformation from victim to avenger is too swift. But to label him a pornographer is wrong, and while the film is challenging--perhaps more than most audiences can bear--its depiction of the psychology of violence is undeniably powerful. --Paul Gaita

Additional Features

Elite Entertainment's Millennium Edition DVD presents I Spit on Your Grave in anamorphic widescreen and with optional audio tracks (Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1, the last of which best highlights the film's lonely soundscape). Fans will undoubtedly want to hear Meir Zarchi's commentary track, given that he's remained mostly silent about the film since its release. Zarchi provides a great deal of background information (including the events that inspired the film) and technical detail, as well as a bit of self-aggrandizement about its place in cinema history. His accent is difficult to understand at times, and less devoted viewers may enjoy cult critic Joe Bob Briggs's more lighthearted commentary as an alternative. The extras are rounded out by a wealth of international promotional art and trailers, as well as a collection of reviews, including Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's damning write-ups, which helped to fan the flames of controversy surrounding the film. --Paul Gaita

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153 of 162 people found the following review helpful
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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206 of 224 people found the following review helpful
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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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last Meir Zarchi explains himself November 5, 2003
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let The Charming Title Fool You October 9, 2006
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Brutal Film
The start of the splatter movies era came with this. The rape scene is truly horrific to behold & I would not want my son to see this film because of it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by David D. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 28 days ago by JOANN TOKARCIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Although I enjoyed this movie so much, I like the blu-ray version, because it is great to see this movie in full high definition.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars smashing!
I love how incredibly dark this film is, and the transformation shown as engendered by the sexual brutality of men.
Published 3 months ago by Erik B. Bergesen
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought to show husband how much better the original is than the remake
So my husband made me watch the remake of this movie. I admit I am a horror movie fanatic. The gorier the movie the more I like it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vindi317
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I was shocked by this film. I imagine it was contrivesial for its time and not sure I would ever watch again.
Published 4 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Vigilantism at its finest
I took a chance n this movie when i ordered it on DVD. I never saw it as I was too young when it came out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NHMovieLover
2.0 out of 5 stars Out For Blood
I wondered what was the purpose of this movie. Was it to reveal the horrors of rape? The idiocy of those men, one with pathetic mental disabilities who was cruelly used? Read more
Published 4 months ago by suzietoo
3.0 out of 5 stars A new day for victims of rape...
When it's a Halloween night and this movie is on it's appropriate to feel the creepiness and off putting 70's male machismo which turns around to a new day for women. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M.J. Vaughn Oloffson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love scary movie
I like to watch movies over and over and was glad to get this movie. Like this DVD no problems.
Published 5 months ago by Hunter
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