Conclusion: 'I Spit on Your Grave (2010)' ranks as another unnecessary remake of a movie many consider a cult classic of the exploitation genre. Although director Steven R. Monroe delivers some interesting grindhouse elements in the visuals, his film ultimately fails because the heroine's vengeance is made into a parody of "torture porn," whereas the criminals are allowed a sense of realism.
Excerpt: The Movie In last year's remake of the cult classic film I Spit on Your Grave , fresh-faced young novelist Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is just looking for a little peace and quiet, settling into a private lake cabin. Soon enough however, she is set upon by a band of predatory, misogynistic rednecks. Not content to rape her--which they all do--they also utterly humiliate her in more ways than one.
Excerpt: It’s almost comical how standards have changed. In 1978, Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) walked around nude for most of I Spit on Your Grave , the sheer lack of directorial talent keeping the camera focused on her body. The violence? While graphic, the editing was such that nothing lingered on screen. In 2010, much of the nudity is excised, carefully edited to avoid anything too graphic, Jennifer now played by Sarah Butler. The violence? Totally kosher.
Summary: Have a nice summer. What makes a movie "too much?" What takes it "too far?" Where's the line between good taste and pointless exercises in violence? Whatever happened to cheering on the good guys, enjoying the sweet taste of revenge, or even the old proverb that advocates an eye for an eye?
Summary: What's a pretty little thing like you doing out here all alone? I Spit on Your Grave , or Day of the Remake , takes the same story as its predecessor , cleans it up with some spit and polish, and considerably amps up the gore and gut-wrenching acts of violence that are sure to leave even the most stalwart viewers squirming in their seats, but this update somehow manages to leave out the rawness and emotion of the original and replace it with, well, nothing really.
Conclusion: Ever since I first learned of this film, I was drawn to it, even before I knew much about it or the fact that it was a remake. After checking out Brian White’s press release here on WSB, I was even more intrigued. However, none of that curiousity prepared me for this film. I was blown away. It was positively riveting and negatively jaw-dropping. I will give this thriller many more viewings and recommendations in the near future. Steven R.
Excerpt: Jennifer Hill (Camille Keaton) is a writer working on her new novel, but the city landscape isn’t an optimal place to work on such a project. All the hustle & bustle creates a lot of noise and distractions, so Jennifer decides to take a break from the urban realm and head out to the countryside for a while. She figures that the peace and quiet will be perfect, as she will be able to relax, clear her mind, and finish her novel.
Excerpt: The impulse to remake any even moderately successful horror movie of the ’70s and ’80s hits rock bottom with I Spit On Your Grave , which has the odd effect of cheapening one of the era’s rankest, most notorious pieces of exploitation trash. Shot with the plain, day-lit, marginally competent horror-realism of Last House On The Left , the 1980 original is a rape-revenge story stripped down to its raw essence: Woman travels alone to a backwoods cabin to do some writing;...
Excerpt: Every once in a while, a film comes along that will rattle you furiously. If you’re lucky, the same film may reward you for enduring the atrocities within. I Spit On Your Grave does both, but it goes even further and does the impossible. A remake of the 1978 Meir Zarchi exploitation classic, Steven R. Monroe’s I Spit On Your Grave is the surprise horror film of the year.