Title: I Spit on Your Grave

Also known as:
I Hate Your Guts
Day of the Woman
The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill (USA, poster title)

Year: 1978

Genre: Exploitation / Rape-Revenge / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 100 min / 95 min (Argentina) / 93 min (UK, DVD version)

Director: Meir Zarchi

Writer: Meir Zarchi

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077713/

Plot:
A New York girl named Jennifer leaves to go to a house in Connecticut to write her first novel, after several short stories. When she is starting to enjoy being there, and she actually manages to write some, four men starts to be a disturbance. One day when Jennifer is out in her boat, the men are back. They manage to bring her boat with them, and takes her to the woods, where she is raped by two of the men. Her stuggle to come back home becomes more and more horrifying when they follow her all the way home just to violently rape her over and over again. After all humiliation, rape and terror, Jennifer is left for dead. Two weeks pass and the rapist scumbags slowly becomes aware that she is still alive, and wants revenge.

Our thoughts:
It's known that one of my favorite exploitation films of all time is the Swedish rape-revenge film "Thriller: A Cruel Picture", and in several ways is "I Spit on Your Grave" like that film. However, where in "Thriller", the girl is being kidnapped and used for prostitution, Jennifer from this film is being raped over and over again by a bunch of scum, which I find is a much more disturbing situation. Maybe not in the long run and in real life, but in a film. Both films end in a great revenge, and while I do still enjoy "Thriller" a bit more, this film is without a doubt a sick film that deserves it's status.

The first time we see Jennifer raped is straight after they have grabbed the rope that is tied to her boat, which is a scene that I felt only made the "rapists" look like they were messing around with her, for shits and giggles, which made me hate the bastards alot but I also felt that the first raping felt fake. My head felt it was unrealistic to go from small pranks to rape, because they didn't seem very menacing to begin with, but the following two group rapes, that's when I really felt for the girl. They are raw, humiliating and violent, and Camille Keaton plays the role of Jennifer perfectly. There is never a doubt that the girl on the screen is going through the worst thing that has ever happened to her. After the last rape, that involves a cruel rape of a bottle, we're left feeling both sad and happy. Obviously the sadness is because of what we just saw, but happy because we know they think she is dead, and this can only lead to the revenge. Her revenge is both sexy and brutal. With sex as her bait, there are a few scenes where Jennifer is straight out hot. She lures the men to have sex with her (note: not rape), and before they know it they are either hanging in a rope, or getting their crotch cut open by a knife in a bathtub.

The movie contains blood but no gore, except for maybe one shot, put nudity it has plenty of. Both genders, so you ladies can enjoy some too (if you shut off the sound and ignore the sadistic story, of course). Mostly we see Jennifer naked, which is a treat, especially towards the end when we actually can enjoy the nudity without being disgusted by the fact that the same body that is nude is getting brutally raped, and of course it's hot with a naked girl killing scum.

The movie is very well acted, especially by Camille Keaton, but also by the whole male cast, maybe except for the guy who plays Matthew. It's not that it's bad acting, but Matthew is somewhat of retarded, and that's a hard role to play. But he is still believable enough.

This is a very brutal film that would be perfect to watch along with the equally sadistic "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" if you are having yourself a bit of a "exploitation night" in the sofa. I've heard that there is a remake on it's way, and I can assure you that it won't be even close to what this film is. If you want to watch a realistic portrayal of rape, followed by a badass revenge, watch this instead of waiting for the remake.


Positive things:
- No soundtrack at all. The brutality is only enhanced by this fact.
- Camille Keaton's acting.
- Camille Keaton's nudity.
- Very brutal. It has everything a fan of exploitation fan wants.
- The bathtub scene.
Negative things:
- Trying to think of something worth mentioning here but I can't.

Rating:
Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 1/5

We bought this movie from:
Darkdisc.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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