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A vicious assault on the senses - but then, shouldn't it be?,
By A Customer
This review is from: I Spit on Your Grave (Collector's Edition) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In the UK, this film was on the very top of the 'video nasties' list of 1984, along with 'New York Ripper' and 'Cannibal Holocaust'. However, having finally watched it, I cannot see what all the fuss was about. True - it is a disturbing film which does feature pro-longed rape scenes and sadistic levels of revenge (very understandable too!), but comes across as exactly what it is - a 'rape/revenge shocker'.
The film itself is alittle twisted, Meir Zarchi spending almost too long showing scenes of brutal rape (however, never in a pornographic fashion - this is realistic violence and well acted). The lack of music is also very clever, adding to the realism. The plot is thin, but the acting holds it up and overall, I would suggest that if you are curious, as I was, then watch it atleast once, before jumping on the bandwagon and condemning it before even seeing it (as many others have).
This version is both uncut and fully re-mastered, another fantastic job by 'Anchor Bay' who seem to transfer most notorious classics extremely well to both VHS and DVD - forcing me to add another star to the review.
Hate this film or like it - it is well made and does have a message; the way that the message is delivered is so full on, that most viewers could be upset by it, but then, isn't this the intention anyway - do you really want to watch a film about rape that is both comfortable and enjoyable?