When I heard that they were remaking the exploitation classic, I Spit On Your Grave, I have to admit that I was a bit annoyed. After all, how could they ever do justice to this twisted classic in today’s politically correct climate? Well, director Steven Monroe and crew have managed to get as close as anyone could.
In this remake, the events remain largely the same, Jennifer Hill heads to a remote cabin to do some writing, only to run afoul of a group of lecherous country folk. They rape her and are about to kill her when she jumps of a bridge. She disappears, and he group begins a search for her body. Soon, strange things begin to happen to them, and they suspect that one of their own has turned on them…but it’s Jennifer, she’s back and she’s very angry!! What follows is the most profoundly disturbing revenge that I’ve seen on film in quite some time…and that’s saying something.
Compared to the 1978 original, this remake lacks something. I think it’s the pure visceral violence that the original seemed to nearly revel in. The attacks are still uncomfortable, but not nearly as violent or as prolonged as in the original. But, the revenge that Jennifer finally reins down on her attackers is far worse than in the original…so there’s a kind of balance here.
Of the two, I think that the original is the superior film, but there’s a lot to be said for this remake. The acting is better, the overall look of the film is better and the effects are (obviously) superior. Is this as good as the 1978 classic? Not really. Is it a good movie? Absolutely!
I’m giving I Spit On Your Grave (2010) 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s not as visceral as the classic, but it’s still a great tribute to the classic ‘rape/revenge’ movies of the 70s…and it’s worth your hard earned cash! Grab a copy for yourself (and don’t forget the original is out there too) from http://www.anchorbayent.com.