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I Spit on Your Grave (1977)

Cast: Camille Keaton, Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, more...
Director: Meir Zarchi, Meir Zarchi
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Studio: Elite
Genre: Horror, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
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Camille Keaton, grand-niece of Buster and star of the thriller Cosa Avete Fatto a Solange?, appears here as Jenny, an aspiring novelist who rents a cabin in the Connecticut woods. Three rednecks at a local gas station and a retarded delivery boy seem quite friendly at first, and many viewers wonder just where director Meir Zarchi is going with the story. Then he drops them 200,000 feet right into the center of Hell for the longest, nastiest, and most brutal gang-rape in motion-picture history. Zarchi takes his time with this scene, not for the sake of titillation, but to make the audience feel the absolute horror of Jenny's plight. She is humiliated, sodomized over a rock, and brutally beaten in the middle of the woods. Then she crawls home, naked and bruised, only to get a repeat performance with her new novel shredded, her stomach kicked and a bottle rammed violently inside her. The experience leaves Jenny shell-shocked, a cipher completely detached from reality. She hangs the delivery boy from a tree, gorily castrates the ringleader in a bathtub, and dispatches the other two rapists with an axe and an outboard motor. Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nicholls and Gunter Kleeman co-star. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

This is the real thing. by AMacEwen3 August 28, 2008 - 8:25 AM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Ross, you're contradicting yourself: there's no way the rapes can be gruesome/explicit/excessive/horrible AND ridiculous at the same time. Furthermore, I see nothing comical and silly in the revenge sequences. I don't know what kind of revenge you expected to witness: a man's penis is sliced off in a bathtub and left to bleed to death, two men are chopped up by a motor-boat propellor and an axe, and a retarded man is hanged. I suggest you read Carol Clover's outstanding analysis of the film in "Men, Women, and Chainsaws," in which she convincingly argues that the film lends more or less equal weight to the rape and revenge portions of the film. Although the individual acts of revenge occupy less total screen time than the rapes, they occupy a greater portion of the narrative: once Jennifer goes to church to absolve herself of what she is about to do, the absolute and sole concern of the film is the revenge she sets about seeking. In the process, the arguments and motives of the rapists are exposed and turned against them. The credits roll disorientingly early: once Jennifer dispatches her last rapist, the viewer expects some kind of coda to wrap things up, and it's shocking to see the credits appear prematurely over the image of Jennifer motoring away in the motor-boat. All that matters, in other words, is that her attackers have been eliminated and a ruthlessly unforgiving balance restored. I've never seen a revenge-oriented film so uncompromising in its lack of concern with the ramifications of revenge as I Spit on Your Grave. And I don't mean that as a negative criticism. I couldn't care less if the fim isn't as "feminist" as it wants to be. I Spit on Your Grave puts immature pablum like Thelma and Louise to shame.

difficult assignment by MArdovino February 21, 2004 - 10:48 AM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A very disturbing film but admirable acting nevertheless. Considering the budget, well photographed and edited. The greatest asset, however, is the lead Keaton who I think has one of the most beautiful screen auras ever whatever the genre, A waifish Liv Tyler.

Much like J-Lo's "ENOUGH" by metrobusdivos August 18, 2003 - 3:27 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
"I Spit on your Grave," one of the more infamous of the many explotation 70s horror/slasher flicks, had the most gruesome, explicit, ridiculous, excessive & horrible rape scenes I've seen on film. It also had a deeply sexualized victim who used her body to get back at the boys who raped her, although her revenge was more comical and silly horror film fare than the attackers very real and drawn out rape. For a straight-up, nothing more redemption film, it just doesn't deliver an even revenge for Jenny. Sure, she lops some guy's member off, but we really need more blood to make this one as over the top as it needs to be. Oh, and she's constantly naked and muddy. Not nearly as feminist or even as scary as it would like to claim, but some scenes are just terribly great.


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