Revenge is sweet!
This movie is extremely shocking. It depicts rape, what leads to it and its consequences. It is not for the faint of heart and is likely to disturb the horror fan as much as the average movie-goer. I Spit on Your Grave is the remake of a 1978 movie by the same title. It looks better than the original, has a better sense of timing, aesthetics and has a comparable script.
This is a descent into hell for Sarah Butler’s character, a young, beautiful writer whose definition of privacy loses all meaning when she gets acquainted with a bunch of bullies. They dominate her, beat her up, rape her multiple times and film it all. And when you think you’ve seen enough, it starts over again. That is, until the victim takes her revenge. Now, this is the part we signed up for!
We have the makers to congratulate for pulling no punches and delivering an exploitation film in an era of polish. The good photography reminds us that we are watching a consenting cast who handle tough roles professionally; with an illusion of violence and the help of camera tricks. You’ll find the first half particularly hard to sit through, but it makes the second one all the more enjoyable.