*But I suggest mostly if you're a fan of the original 1978 version or someone who can handle watching scenes of vicious brutalization inflicted on a woman. The most horrendous acts in movies usually don't disturb me but I was so disgusted during some parts to the point of tears. Like the original, the remake is not for most.
I Spit On Your Grave is probably the most horrific horror film for both sexes.
For women, being raped is the biggest fear.
For men, being castrated and sodomized has to be.
All three and more happen in the rape/revenge/horror I Spit On Your Grave, remake of Meir Zarchi's (who is also one of the executive producers of I Spit 2010) original 1978 shocking infamous film.
The story is simple: A young woman is brutalized gang raped and exacts revenge on her attackers.
Watching the first half of the story play out is the very difficult part.
As a woman especially, it was very hard to watch Jennifer be taunted by her attackers and eventually raped.
I was so appalled I found myself crying at how inhumanely she is treated (especially when she is hit in the head with a bat and lighted matches are tossed at her) because she is a woman, but enraged at other times, wanting to jump into the movie and kill all the "men" myself.
The original version which is one of my favorite films, had some of the same effects on me, but not as strongly as the remake did.
I in fact, thought the remake wouldn't come close to the original but it did and then some.
There are many key elements from the original that are kept in the remake but also with new characters and storylines to add something different.
In I Spit 2010 the lengthy rape from the original is much shorter (good for the audience but then maybe not so much for the movie as a whole. The long rape scenes were what made the original so raw). Jennifer is shown being raped twice in the remake but in the original, she is shown raped by all four men.
But the psychological games Jennifer is put through by her attackers in the newer version make up for the shortened rape scenes.
Before Jennifer is raped, she is taunted cruelly from name calling (among other obvious names, starting with letters "B", "W" and "C") she is called a "show horse" and made to neigh) to being forced to give fake fellatio to objects (including a loaded gun!).
I went from disgusted and angry but finally to satisfied as Jennifer's vengeance comes into play towards the end of I Spit.
Did her revenge top the original Jennifer's?
Yes, because some of the ways she traps her attackers is straight out of a Saw movie (fish hooks into the eyes and the face into a bathtub full of lye for a taste). But the complications of her traps make you wonder is this really possible?
But then no, because a the original version Jennifer's tools were the blade and rope and she got the job done well enough.
I didn't expect the new Jennifer to kill with something as simple as a knife or gun. There had to be new, edgy spin on her killings for today's audience.
Even though the movie is Unrated (in other words, anything goes in respect to sex and violence), I think it could have been Rated R. The original I Spit is more brutal in respects to Jennifer's rape and how she kills her rapists.
Did the castration scene from the new version out top the original version's scene?
Definitely, because in one clean swipe with gigantic shears, Jennifer castrates Johnny. Then, she shoves what's left of his penis down his throat.
I don't think I ever cheered and clapped so loudly!
Some similarities of both films start with the overall plot. Jennifer is raped and kills her rapists. No if's and's or but's. Significant scenes similar in both movies are: after Jennifer is raped in the woods, the staggering walk when she's naked, bloodied and dirty, also before she's raped in the woods, she hears Andy playing his harmonica as he waits for her with the rest of the gang. The first scene is heartbreaking while the second is creepy.
The main difference in the remake, is that there's a new rapist. Instead of the original four, Johnny, Matthew, Stanley and Andy, there is now Sheriff, who is called just that because he is just that, a cop. His addition is great but scary because when Jennifer runs into him she thinks he will help her. Instead he harms her. His character is the the most terrifying from the gang because he should be Jennifer's safe haven but he's not. The beginning scene where Jennifer first meets some of her attackers is different in both the original and remake. In the remake, Jennifer spills gas on Johnny by mistake, embarrassing him in front of his friends, which doesn't happen in the original I Spit. The ending is also very different. In the original, Jennifer is about to take an axe to one of her attackers while in the remake, after she finishes killing both Matthew and the sheriff, she stares into nothing with no emotion as the screen fades.
I love both endings but favor the remake's more.
You can only wonder what Jennifer is thinking. Guilt? Satisfaction? Nothing?
Newcomer, Sarah Butler plays Jennifer Hills in this new version as fearlessly and as wonderfully as Camille Keaton did in the original version.
The actors who played Jennifer's attackers Johnny (Jeff Branson) Matthew (Chad Lindberg), Stanley (Daniel Franzese), Andy (Rodney Eastman) and Sheriff (Andrew Howard) are just as brave. It couldn't be easy to say and do the things that they did, even though it's all just acting. Their acting is scarily good. They portray their characters as violently and heartless as they are written.
The script to film is bold and daring, from Meir Zarchi's 1978 one to Jeffrey Reddick (writer) and Steven R. Monroe's (director).
I Spit On Your Grave obviously isn't one of the most pleasant films to watch but I think in many ways, it's a film that needed to be made. It may seem like a movie drenched in violence for no reason but it has a purpose. Zarchi wrote the script after he encountered a woman who had been beaten and raped. When he took her to the police, basically nothing useful was done in helping her. Zarchi was disturbed by the whole situation and took to writing. Perhaps I Spit On Your Grave was in someway his gift of revenge to the young woman on her attacker.
The audience for this film was expected (at least to my showing of it). Besides two other women (one with her partner and and surprisingly an old woman) besides myself, the auditorium was packed with men. I hope most weren't there to see a naked Jennifer Hills (I'm sure some were though) and definitely not the rape scenes (famed critic Roger Ebert writes in his review of the original I Spit that some men in the audience cheered as Jennifer was being raped!). But from the reactions of cheers and claps when Jennifer is exacting her revenge, most wanted to see how she takes her revenge out on her attackers.
There were no real walk outs as far as I saw (although a guy next to me left at the start of the film. Maybe he was just in the wrong auditorium.).
On a whole, I am very satisfied with I Spit On Your Grave's remake and I'm glad it was remade and is just as good as the original.
If you think you can stomach the film, join Jennifer Hills to spit on the graves of Johnny, Matthew, Stanley, Andy and Sheriff!
She begs for them to stop and even fights back at times--- by saying "No" and slapping some of them but it only makes them angrier.
A smirking Johnny walks into the cabin soon after with the rest of the gang.
She is sodomized by the sheriff next.
Jennifer replies, "I was too."