I Spit On Your Grave Movie Review
Just when you think you can't stand yet another horror movie retread, along comes the unrated thriller I Spit on Your Grave, a brutally graphic remake of the brutally graphic 1978 original. Directed by Steven R. Monroe, the movie is well done and violent. Whether it's a pleasant viewing experience is another matter.
I Spit On Your Grave is about a young female novelist who rents a cabin in the woods to finish her book. There, she is tormented, assaulted, raped and left for dead by five men. She then returns to enact revenge upon the men.
The young woman is played by beautiful Sarah Butler, who does her job looking all sexy and innocent until everything is taken away from her. The men, some more recognizable than others, all manage to be vile enough that the audience will enjoy watching them get tortured and slowly murdered.
For what it is - a gang rape and revenge movie - I Spit on Your Grave works more often than not. The film, which never received a wide release, looks great and Monroe maintains a tense pace. The rape and revenge scenes are all extremely graphic.
I Spit on Your Grave, unfortunately, suffers from the inherent premise. The movie is two separate films shoved into one, the first half a nihilistic build-up to the gritty rape scene, the second a by-the-numbers revenge thriller.
Both halves are done well but don't mesh together very well. The first half is tense as anticipation mounts, though the movie plays like a fantasy film for rapists. The first half is shown from the viewpoint of the woman.
In the second half, the tension dissipates as you know exactly what will happen. The victim is no longer at risk; the bad guys are. Butler is barely in the second half, appearing only to inflict pain and spout out some one-liners to her rapists.
I Spit on Your Grave is what it is. In many ways it's a good movie, but its perspective switch halfway through and an emphasis on gore and violence over exciting storytelling keep it from being something better. As a revenge flick, it's fine, but I Spit on Your Grave is yet another unnecessary horror remake.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.