I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Director: Steven R. Monroe
Writers: Meir Zarchi, Stuart Morse
Cast: Sarah Butler, Daniel Franzese and Chad Lindberg
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Was an odd year really 2010 for horror, nothing new that really stood out but some of the remakes I really enjoyed. With the exception of the lame Elm St remake Let Me In, The Crazies and hell even Piranha all came out better than expected, likewise I Spit on Your Grave is pretty damn good as well. I was never that big on the original if truth be told, was always a film that rode its luck on the back of its own notoriety rather than actually being good. The VHS ban it got in the United Kingdom helped no end in generating enough word of mouth to make it an essential view.
So then with the remake, firstly I'm not going to go into that much detail on the plot because its basically a woman (Jennifer) seeks solitude to finish her second book, locals seek a cute female probably out of boredom from their time with only farm animals. They end up gang raping Jennifer leaving her for dead, only she somehow survives and starts to pick off the five offenders in gruesome ways. They had no chance of replicating the originals shock value with movies like Martyrs and A Serbian Movie still in viewers recent memories, a simple rape revenge movie wouldn't shock people like it did back in the late 70's.

Sarah Butler who plays Jennifer is extremely attractive (reminded me of a young Ali MacGraw), and even though she clearly never enjoys the incident, they do once or twice do close ups of her petite behind, but I think on the whole they handle the multiple rape scene with pretty much a minimum of titillation (that said I'm sure rape victims wouldn't agree. but how could you ever film an easy to view rape scene). The films real change from its predecessor is instead of simple revenge kills they've gone for full on torture till dead kills. This its gotta be said is slightly when it goes far fetched as the deaths feel at times staged and labored instead of her just going insane and going on a men kill spree, she spends time extracting her revenge. All in all a very worthy sequel, knowing our luck they'll remake it again in 30 years time.
(7 out of 10)

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