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I Spit On Your Grave

A 1978 horror movie directed by Meir Zarchi.

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Long before Lorena Bobbit, there was Jennifer

  • Nov 27, 2008
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Jennifer is a writer who heads out to a country cabin to spend time writing her novel. What she didn't count on was the small town local yokels, a group of savage .... rednecks who see her as an easy target.

Which she is. They all set upon her and rape her one by one, in a fairly drawn out part of the movie. She is raped, then let go, then caught and raped again, then let go, then caught and raped again, and so forth. Finally, the "boys" convince the dim-witted grocery deliver boy to go back in and kill her, which he finds he cannot do, so he fakes it.

So what's a girl to do? Instead of reporting the crimes, Jennifer decides to get even. One by one, she picks her assailants off. The bathtub scene is not to be missed, and what separates this from the rest of the cheesily made 70's splatter films is her languid calmness as she sets about her business.
The down side of this is that the DVD version promises digital remastering. That's fine, but don't count on good sound quality, if they remastered the video they seemed to have forgotten about the audio. The sound is as bad as it was in the original.

What made this movie so scandelous back in the 70's was the nudity and what was, back then, a fairly realistic and brutally intact rape scene. Watching it again now, it is as cheesy as the rest of the movie, and yet still holds it's entertainment value against the newer and better made films.

If you are a fan of cheesy older splatter films, you will love this movie. If you are not, you might want to pick up something else. All in all, I give it four stars. Enjoy.

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review by . June 18, 2011
As Sexy as Roadkill
A pretty young writer from NYC takes a vacation in a remote rural area with the intention of writing a novel. Her avocational activities are interrupted by a small group of bored hicks who viciously gang rape her. This doesn't sit too well with our heroine; revenge ensues.      Meir Zarchi's infamous exploitation movie has aged pretty well, still possessing enough gory surprises to shock all but the most hardened viewers. The first half of the film is predictable enough, …
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2010
I couldn't make it through the disturbing rape scenes in the flick without fast forwarding. Granted, that traumatic and horrific experience is supposed to be shared with the victim so that we'll completely be with her on her vengeance trip, but I thought it went too far...
review by . August 16, 2009
A neglected cult classic worthy of an larger audience.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is one of the most notorious pictures ever released during the seventies. Along with LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and Thriller: A cruel picture, it's one of the greatest revenge flicks of that era. A feminist writer goes out to the country so she could have some peace and quiet whilst working on her first novel. Instead she runs into a group of male locals who decide to have some fun with her.  Things get out of hand as the poor writer suffers a day of horror that no one …
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Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols
Directed by Meir Zarchi
Writer:  Meir Zarchi
1978

Also Known As:I Hate Your Guts
I Spit on Your Grave
The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill (USA) (poster title)

DVD 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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Details

Director: Meir Zarchi
Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: 1978.5.23 (Cannes Film Festival), 1978.11.22 (USA), 1983.3.16 (USA re-release)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Meir Zarchi
DVD Release Date: 2004.7.6
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Studio: Cinemagic Pictures, Anchor Bay Entertainment
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