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I Spit On Your Grave

3

Good remake, a few Saw points…

I spit on your grave review

Boys rape girl and leave her for dead; girl takes violent vengeance on boys.

Hardly the greatest story ever told, but 1978’s original I Spit On Your Grave was ripe for a remake.

For one thing, it’s no masterpiece (Roger Ebert gave it no stars and called it “a vile bag of garbage”), but more than that, it’s notorious.

Banned in the UK for years, even now only available with heavy cuts, there’s nothing more attractive to horror hounds than forbidden fruit…

Steven R. Monroe’s re-do is fast-paced, never dull, with a brave performance from sylph-like newcomer Sarah Butler as the feisty city-girl novelist escaping to a rural retreat where a run-in with locals leads to a three-tier ordeal of rape, abuse and humiliation before the tables are turned.

Cut by 43 seconds but similarly graphic, far slicker and more polished than the original, Spit 2010 irons out narrative problems and removes the troubling revenge-seduction of the first film, making this a more palatable watch. But it’s also a child of Saw, where justice must be not only poetic but also gory and inventive.

Where the first half is a disturbing Deliverance homage, the second half veers uncomfortably toward vaguely gleeful tricks’n’traps torture porn.

Lacking the breathless insanity of Taken or the quiet reflection of The Horseman, Monroe’s movie can’t top the best of the modern vigilante sub-genre.

But compared to the remake of other infamous ’70s rape-revenger The Last House On The Left, Spit 2010 does at least seem in the spirit of the original.

Grimy exploitationer? Feminist wish-fulfilment? Or just another chance to see someone’s face burnt off in an acid bath?

When a film comes with this much baggage, we’re not sure it matters.
 

Verdict:

A remake of two halves that both have impact but don’t match up tonally.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 5th 2011, 9:45

      1

      Just what we don't need, another s****y remake. Too many films have been remade and ruined, we've seen extremely poor remakes of great horror films such as The Last House On The Left, Friday the 13th and Halloween (to name a few) and I Spit On Your Grave is no exception, i was a big fan of the 1978 original and although it wasn't a masterpiece at least it was a decent horror. This remake does make the original look like a masterpiece however, it is an awful, awful film and yet another unnecessary remake, bad filmmaking, bad acting and overall a bad idea. A poor film that really should be avoided, especially if you're a horror fan.

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    • krowden93

      Jan 5th 2011, 10:17

      4

      Jordan your wrong! This film is miles better than the remake...one of the best films i have ever seen in my lifetime! FANTASTIC The acting has very few holes and was actually pretty impressive. While few of these actors have been seen in major studio productions, they all manage to impress and mostly shatter audience expectations. Sarah Butler delivers her lines with a sarcastic witty nuance that few actresses with as little experience would have been able to pull off effectively. The hillbillies are all particularly horrific, but it's Jeff Branson that really shines here. He has massive charisma on the screen, and several scene-stealing lines throughout the movie. It's a shame he hasn't had the chance to do more with his career yet, but I easily see a bright future ahead for him. The rest of the cast is not without their own respective merits, and they carry the film's crisp runtime easily on their shoulders. This movie was above and beyond one of the best horror films so far this year. It's incredibly brutal and deeply controversial with its depictions of death and rape, but it's message is a very interesting one. The acting and direction are exceedingly perfect and the movie's final act is sure to be remembered. To say it surpasses the original movie by a country mile would not be inaccurate; I Spit On Your Grave is a hugely entertaining and outrageous thrill ride.

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    • QuietLife

      Jan 6th 2011, 9:48

      3

      "One of the best Horror films so far this year"?!? What, the massive 6 days of January we've had hasn't provided us with better than this? I thought it was an average remake of an average original. It just simply doesn't have the shock factor now the audience has had 32 years to get desensitised to the violent themes.

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      Jan 14th 2011, 10:12

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    • Legacy3D

      Feb 13th 2011, 4:59

      2

      A remake of the controversial 1978 movie of the same name. The plot is a simple one where Jennifer (Sarah Butler) is a writer who rents a cabin within the woods to start work on her second book, until she is brutally attacked and left for dead by a group of men (Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman and Chad Lindberg) after a few weeks pass Jennifer returns to take vengeance on of all of them. The films limited release, low budget (1.5 million) and content meant it was not seen by large numbers. The film is not for the faint hearted as there are some very brutal and disturbing scenes. However it does not seem anything new to a horror movie. If you have seen the saw movies or the 2009 remake of last house on the left and merge them together you get this for the most part with some small details. This is great for horror fans that expect gore, blood,shock and violence. But for the movie fans it’s really nothing new compared to previous movies of this nature.

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    • lukejt02

      Apr 7th 2011, 22:11

      3

      Another movie that you can't really say you enjoyed because of the content. But as far as these types of movies go it was good. I was never much of a fan of the original but this really elevated the story and made it interesting. Obviously the rape scene is excruciating and difficult to watch, the revenge is gory but interesting and inventive. If you like these style movies it's one to check out. Much improved on the original.

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    • Igrayne

      Mar 30th 2013, 8:44

      Who are the sick people who like this disgusting, gore porn feminist rubbish? If you made a film about a man punioshing single mums for stealing taxes and feeling superior just for being knocked up would it still be tolerated or condoned? Tell me something why in this so called justified revenge are the females always big breasted bumbos with loads of makeup that seems to be in supply and full use even after the rape and humiliation has fnished? Ebert was correct about the original and this one, both poor amateur attempts to please the poorly educated and less sophisticated masses.

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