I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

In this horror remake, young writer Jennifer (Sarah Butler) finds life at her rented retreat perfect for working on her first novel. But her enthusiasm is shattered by her vicious rape. Now, the local thugs responsible will face an excruciating fate. Jennifer’s attackers command developmentally disabled Matthew (Chad Lindberg) to kill her, but he fakes the murder, leaving the scarred writer to carry out a gruesome plot for revenge.

Brian
Rating: 6 out of 10

There’s two ways you can look at a movie like this. You can be repulsed by the horrific violence and the brutal rape scenes as exploitative and offensive or you can accept that it’s a revenge fantasy for victimized women. I chose the latter.

Is it graphic? You bet your ass it is. The rape scenes (Yes, plural, “scenes”) are done realistically and with extreme cruelty. You don’t just want the antagonists in this film to die. You want to see them suffer a fate worse than death. Their deeds certainly deserve it. Now, I saw the original film and though it was a hunk of shit, ,it was exploitative in the sense that when the female protagonist finally goes for revenge, the murder scenes were way too over the top. Here, each murder scene is done in a way where the punishment fits the crime. She returns her cruel treatment with extreme cruelty and it works. Also, the acting here is very good. The five rapists in the film are repulsive and it takes a good performance to really make you hate them. Sarah Butler, a film newcomer, is terrific and believable. She really holds the whole film together and shows a lot of promise for future films to come.

What are the downsides of this film? Well, for one, there’s not much of a story. They raped her so she wants to kill them. It’s simple enough but there’s not much dimension to it. Also, it’s hard for me to believe a law enforcement officer would team up with a bunch of losers to commit such a heinous crime. How did they organize all this and why? It doesn’t matter, though, how large the holes are in the plot. I went along for the ride with the whole revenge fantasy of victimized women everywhere. And, in that vein, it works.

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4 responses to “I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

  1. Another great review, Brian! I have not seen this. I have seen the original but it has been so long since I’ve seen it that I’ll probably watch the remake instead and not be reminded of the original so much. When it comes to realistic and gratuitous rape scenes I cringe a bit but it helps to know that the perps do get what’s coming to them. I will check this one out solely on your review. Thanks.

  2. Awesome review! It makes me want to go get the movie. I try to go into a mvie not expecting much so I can be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

  3. I’ve seen the original “I Spit on Your Grave” and am curious to know how the director of this remake have “updated” the politics of this film. The gender divide was much greater in the 1970’s and it was difficult for audiences to accept a female protagonist who violently dispatches her victims. Personally, I found the deaths of the men in the original to be quite underwhelming. The only scene that worked effectively was the screaming man in the bathroom, locked in to bleed to death as Jennifer listens downstairs. This remake appears much more graphic is its violence, which I think would appeal to a contemporary horror audience.

    • I think the female protagonist ends up becoming a mentally ill and unstable person that leads the audience to believe she’s capable of all of the violence she inflicts. In the original, she’s a little too calm during the murders and doesn’t wear her rage te way the same character does. I’ll admit that the
      Production value helps a lot too. The original was so cheap looking that it was hard to take seriously.

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