I remember seeing the posters for this one when my buddy Chris and were hanging out in Cali for the Weekend of Horrors horror con. I can't say I was thrilled at first when I hard the news although I had known it was just a matter of time before some schmuck saw reason to remake yet another cult film fave. I still was hellbent for election on seeing this film and even had hoped that I'd be able to catch it in the theaters. No such luck. I had to wait for DVD like everyone else but at least Walmart sells the standard DVD for $10 so who's complaining, right?
If you've seen the original, you pretty much know what to expect here. If rape or brutality offends you, ISOYG isn't your movie. No other way to put it. This is not a Michael Bay film and I thank God for that. The film-makers here actually did their homework and delivered a very effective, if not powerful revenge flick which holds up well for repeated viewings and should satisfy most horror fans in the midst of things. Probability suggests I will grow to like this film even more with repeated viewings as there aren't any great horror films that I'm aware of anymore which are granted a major release.
ISOYG is as brutal as they come but this is not an Eli Roth film as we have no sympathy for Jennifer Hill's victims. Well, maybe one. :-) Suffice to say, you are rooting for her all the way in the second half of the film as each lowlife is dispatched in the most gruesome fashion imaginable. Rest assured, she will have no mercy on any of them and will not back down until each one is punished severely.
Definitely much more polished and professional than the seventies Grind house classic, the remake still manages to disturb it's viewer and doesn't let up. Whereas the original focused somewhat on the sexualized violence in our protagonist's revenge scheme, the modern day classic alleviates seduction altogether. Instead, Jennifer chooses to pit them against each other and takes her time to carry out the methodical revenge plan. Although we do not necessarily see how she escapes or her grand scheme of revenge, we are fully assured that justice will be served in the most bloody, cathartic sense of the word.
What I found most disturbing about the revision is how her attackers torment the lead character as if we were watching Michael Haneke's Funny Games instead of your typical rape/revenge fare. I must confide that watching these men abuse Jennifer in every sense of the word before sexually assaulting her really took me out of my element and I couldn't but think of all the innocent women who have been raped through the years. Even a more hideous thought, they've been killed after being assaulted.
Brave Sarah Butler. This is one role that really deserves the utmost praise and it's a shame we don't give Oscars for horror flicks very often. Camille Keaton is an awesome actress and I couldn't imagine anyone who could pull off this role but Sarah Butler is outstanding as Jennifer Hills. In fact, the supporting actors are very convincing as well which is a strong suit considering most of the cast in the original looked very wooden.
Thumbs up sky high! It's hard to tell if the ISOYG is really just a fluke or if we can expect more great endeavors from the cast/crew but I'm definitely sold on this effort. As a long time horror fan and lover of films which address the male encroachment issue, this is one powerful piece of film-making. See it if you handle it!!
The 1978 original film “I Spit On Your Grave” was a product of its generation. It was exploitive, bold, perhaps a little silly but it made its mark as the ultimate, infamous revenge/rape flick ever filmed. I thought that a remake would be unnecessary but to my surprise, I enjoyed this 2010 re-issue. The film’s tagline remains the same; “...No Jury Would Convict Her” but truth be told, Camille Keaton didn’t have tons of movies that have the label “torture … more
I'm not the kind of person that is turned on by the posters for this movie but they ALL advertise falsely, I mean don't expect to see the poster chick in the movie ... It's the kind of bait and switch that leaves you cheering for the bad guys.
A remake of the controversial 1979 cult classic, I Spit on Your Grave retells the horrific tale of writer Jennifer Hills, who takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson.
They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away.
As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her... only much, much worse.