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I Spit on Your Grave back to product details

This is the real thing.
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written 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
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written 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"
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written 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.

--Ross

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