I Spit On Your Grave
There are actually no graves in this movie, which was released without an MPAA recommendation. I Spit On Your Grave is, of course, a remake of the 1978 film that was probably one of the most controversial horror releases of it's time. However, in today’s desensitized cinema world we can find almost everything in this movie somewhere else. This isn’t as much of a horror film as it is a revenge film, but director Steven R. Monroe implements elements you would find associated with any horror film of the same budget. This script has lots of conflictions and if you dare to take it seriously, you might ask yourself if either party is worth calling “the good guy”; the answer would be no.
Young writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) has rented a cabin back in the woods of Louisiana where she hopes to concentrate on her new book. She has brought along hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol, marijuana, and bathing suits for jogging and tanning. When she stops to ask for directions, she has a run in with the local boys, who tease her before she speeds off. Bored and full of mischief, the backwards redneck boys pay Jennifer a visit and, after assaulting her, they take turns raping her. When they finish and decide to discard her, she jumps off a bridge. Somehow managing to survive, she begins planning her revenge.
While this movie is disturbing, comparatively it doesn’t match The Hills Have Eyes remake, thankfully, because I don’t want to ever see anything like that again. The brutality doesn’t come close to the nature of Casey Affleck's character in The Killer Inside Me. I Spit On Your Grave does, however, take the same exact scene from the Gillian Anderson thriller, Straightheads, even further (riffle up a man’s behind). While most men will cringe at a scene where Jennifer cuts one of her assailants' penises off and shoves it in his mouth, there is nothing you can really do but laugh because this kind of material has made it onto the screen.
Often, we say that a movie lacking artistic value is just for entertainment; but I think and hope no one would think rape, mutilation, and this kind of behavior is entertaining. So I must use the same phrase my parents use when they see certain movies they disapprove of: “why would anyone want to watch that”? In many horror type films there is a clear protagonist, but the script here makes sure that Jennifer’s character isn’t very likable because of her drug use and suggestive nature, or that she has no family connections on screen. If anything, I Spit On Your Grave was made for complete shock value and it’s just too little, too late.
Final Thought – Makes no effort for the audience to care whether anyone in this movie lives or dies.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody