Kevin is sent to prison because of something his brother did, but manages to escape. He calls his old girlfriend Sandy and they end up seeing each other, but Kevin then plans to torture and kill her in a basement. The only problem is that she manages to turn the tables on him.
The title "I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave" isn't new - if you're a fan of "I Spit on Your Grave" and similar movies then you probably have heard about this movie. For years I have been intentionally skipping it but there was no way around it now, I would have to face the beast with the crappy name. Of course, having seen some Eric Stanze now I had an idea of what I was going to expect and at least it was better than my very earliest expectations. But that's not saying a lot...
Like in "I Spit on Your Grave" (this is where the similarities end) this movie is about a female's revenge. Here it's Sandy who meets up with her ex-boyfriend Kevin who just escaped from prison. It turns out that he is planning to kill her and three people in her life who all were there to get him in jail. Sandy is no ordinary girl though, as she manages to kill him first. And instead of letting the other three people go we find out that they have all hurt her in one way or another, so she stays there to torture, humiliate and kill them. It's quite ridiculous.
I mean, the idea in itself it silly unless you can pull it off perfectly, which I don't think Stanze has the chops to. It tries to make sense of everything by having the characters actually tell us what is going on. I'm sure the scenes are suppose to show them as psychopathes which means their behavior would be a little off, but I just couldn't find it believable when Kevin tells Sandy about the three people. Yes Kevin, I'm sure you have to tell Sandy that the man in the middle there is her fucking boss. I'm sure she doesn't know that! I understand that this in itself isn't a crazy idea but again - all about delivering the goods.
"I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave" feels like an attempt to make another "Scrapbook" (which I believe, up to that point, was the only thing decent he had made and not even that was very good) by adding everything he thought was offensive. I don't know how many times I've seen a guy getting a broomstick up his ass. Even though this film didn't have literally a broomstick, it definitely looked like a sawed-off one. I'm sick of that in films. Same goes with poop - it's fucking silly unless you know how to pull it off! "August Underground" pulled it off, you believed those people would do that and obviously if you keep someone kidnapped they would have to shit. Hell, even "Big Junior" did both broomstick and shit better than this one - "Big Junior" was just balls-out crazy so anything felt possible there.
I don't know if the intention was to make another "Scrapbook" when he made this, but he failed completely and I'm happy to see he hasn't attempted it again. The next film I'll be watching from this box set from Njutafilms is "Deadwood Park" and that's a title I've had hopes for - it just seems like it has a different approach that might help me enjoy it. Please let it be so!
One specific detail that bothered me was (and I know that it's a small thing to think about but that's what bad movies does to ya') when the kid found the dead girl. It was made out like he stumbled upon her just moments after her death, but yet she already had fully developed bruises. Something that takes 24 hours! Yeah, the movie kept me busy with these things.
"I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave" is for fans of crappy torture films. I don't mean films like "Guinea Pig" or anything of the kind - those are the good ones. This is uncreative, silly and rehashed! It attempt bringing some style by having tilted shots, low angles and... the negative effect (fuck off!). You can get much worse films than this one, I know that, but that doesn't mean this isn't a bad movie that you don't need to watch. If you like Eric Stanze than you're likely to enjoy this one as well. He has a certain style that does make him slightly different from other low-budget filmmakers that attempt similar films, and maybe that's what brings people to him. Personally I can't say it's good quality.