Movie review: (horror) “I Spit On Your Grave”

December 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm (horror, movies)

  Well yeah, of course I’ve seen this before. But when I heard there was going to be a remake, I decided to check it out again.

This is not a good movie. This is a hardcore exploitation movie. Even people who haven’t seen it know it’s a rape and revenge story. What some people don’t know is that there’s way too much rape and not nearly enough revenge.

The rapes are horrifying, mostly due to an utterly visceral performance by actress Camille Keaton. She’s amazing, and I’m sorry her career didn’t go farther. On the other hand, some of those scenes are fairly ridiculous. I don’t know what, exactly, the dufus in the suspenders was supposed to be doing during his portion of the assault, but it kind of looked like an interpretive dance.

There is some poetry in the revevnge scenes. One scene in particular, of Camille bearing down on one of her rapists in a power boat, holding an ax over her head, is pretty sweet. But it’s 2/3 rape and 1/3 revenge, and I’d like to see that flipped. I wanted those guys to die HORRIBLY.

Maybe they’ll fix that in the remake. Anyway, don’t watch this movie unless you’re a horror/exploitation completist. Really, it’s neither as bad or as good as you’ve been lead to believe.

-Unrated
-3 out of 5 stars
-Keep out of reach of children under 30

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