"This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned five men beyond recognition... but no jury in America would ever convict her!” ran the original tagline.
A no-budget rape-revenge flick, ISOYG achieved instant infamy as the nastiest video nasty, “a vile bag of garbage” that critic Roger Ebert awarded zero stars.
All publicity’s good publicity, and 32 years later the ISOYG bandwagon still rolls on (a polished, problematic remake screened at FrightFest).
Billed as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition, this latest repackaging rehashes the extras from the Millennium and Special Editions with a slightly different cut of the movie.
Meanwhile, a decent new interview with director Meir Zarchi lets him talk about distributor woes. Although there’s an ace doc waiting to be made about the movie’s reception, no-one involved has commissioned it.
Time hasn’t withered the movie’s harrowing power, though. Inspired by Zarchi’s experience of rescuing a rape victim, ISOYG is a luridly schizoid movie that spends so long on Camille Keaton’s suffering (three sadistic rapes) that it muddies the feminist thrill of her cock-chopping revenge.
Even today the BBFC won’t pass it uncut – there’s three minutes of snips. From Zarchi’s point of view, that means there’s still a window for an Ultimate, Uncensored Edition. It’s not called exploitation cinema for nothing...