Friday, January 9, 2009

I Spit On Your Grave(1978)

This movie was very controversial over the years and it is largely misunderstood. The 'critics' would say that it degrades women and that it exploits women, but anyone who has watched the film will tell you that that isn't true. It is true that I Spit On Your Grave or Day Of The Woman(as it is called too) is actually not degrading women. The woman comes out on top. This movie was banned in many countries and that only served to make it more popular! Banning movies is like censorship which shouldn't happen in any shape or form. Anyway, on with the film. A female writer, Jennifer Hills(Camille Heaton), moves to a quiet house in the country so that she can finish her novel. She is seen by some of the local men who decide to abduct her so that she can have sex with their mildly retarded friend, Matthew. They grab her while she is in her boat and take her captive.

She is subjected to gang rape and sodomy and she crawls back to her house where the men catch her and proceed to continue their rape. They make Matthew have sex with her but he can't and then they order him to kill her which he pretends to do. It sounds terrible so far, but the best is yet to come. She recovers after the men leave, thinking that she is dead. She decides that they need to pay for what they have done to her and she begins to hatch a plan. She lures Matthew to her house with promises of sex, then proceeds to put a noose around his neck and she hangs him. One down.Another guy is castrated in the bath. He dies of blood loss. There are two guys left.

She confronts the two men as they come to finish her off in their boat. They end up in the water and she kills the two of them in the water. Job done.They showed her no mercy so they do not get any mercy from her. What is the big deal about this movie? It is just a simple plot- the evil men get whats coming to them. That is what I love about this movie. The revenge is sweet and the woman gets her back on those men who raped her. It isn't a 'video nasty' and I think that it is a very good movie to watch. If you haven't already seen it, watch it and make up your own mind.


Garg Unzola said...

Looks like my kind of movie!

Anonymous said...

I Spit on Your Grave was one of the most awesome movies ever made. Anyone who thinks it is degrading to women obviously hasn't sat through the entire movie, which I must admit might be a challenge for more sensitive people and those with weak stomachs.

I remember the first time I ever saw it, it was in the early 1980's and I was about 14 to 15 years old. There was a video store in the small town where I grew up, and for those "in the know", you could ask the owner for a movie that wasn't on the shelf. What possessed us to ask about a horribly horrible horror instead of a porno that weekend, I don't know, but at the end of the day we had ISOYG in our hands.

The guy screaming in the bathtub, I can still remember that like I just watched it yesterday. And if I remember correctly, one of the things that was a psychological strangeness to it was didn't the guy recognize her and think she was coming back for more of what she liked?

There was definitely something about this film. I haven't forgot about it after all of these years, and just the other day when someone told me they were thinking of renting it, I couldn't help but tell her to go for it.

Great review.

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