Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I Spit on Your Grave (1978) - Review - @BrandonCSites


I Spit on Your Grave (1978) *
D: Meir Zarchi
C: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols
Plot Synopsis: A young woman is raped by a group of men while on vacation. She slowly pulls herself together and seeks out violent revenge on her attackers. 

Review: Over the years, I Spit on Your Grave has gained a considerable cult following. Those supporting it, proclaim it as an indictment into the ramifications of rape. 

In the film, we witness a young woman who is raped by a group of men. Her rapists then attempt to kill her, but somehow or another she survives the whole ordeal, though the film never explains how, but never mind. That's not my chief complaint. Afterwards, she goes into a church and asks for forgiveness before dispatching of her rapists one by one. 

If the film was meant to be a serious examination into rape, then it would have token a more meaningful look into what causes rape other then one character experiencing peer pressure to do so. And if the film was serious about exploring revenge, it would including scenes of why the film's heroine (so to speak) thought she couldn't turn to the police, to a hospital, to a friend or to anyone for that matter. The film would allow us to glimpse into why she has decided upon this lethal form of revenge, but it doesn't.

In the end, after getting her revenge, the film's heroine speeds off in a boat. We don't even get to see how taking out this revenge has affected her. And the film never touches upon another issue involving the idea that the heroine is a criminal just like her attackers for employing this method of revenge. I Spit on Your Grave is pretty much a series of extended rape scenes followed by a series of death sequences. This is a film designed to push people's buttons and in that regard, it does. Who wouldn't get offended at watching a series of extended rape scenes? As for the filmmakers so called intent to examine rape, simply putting a series of rape scenes, on screen, doesn't equate into an examination of rape. That's an offense to anyone with a sense of intelligence. 

Undoubtedly, I Spit on Your Grave is going to be a curio for some due to the film's reputation, especially for those that saw how Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel bashed the film. This is the type of film that is immune to bad reviews. I’m sure there are people out there who believe that this film is every bit as vile as it has been made out to be, but for some reason they find value in seeing it. And I’m sure there are others out there who can’t believe how offensive it is and, as a result, find themselves drawn to it, to see whether or not it lives up to its reputation. 

It’s weird, that in this day and age, with all the information out there, that people will go see a film like this against their better judgment. [Not Rated] 100 mins.

AKA: Day of the Woman

Reviews for Additional Films in this Series:

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

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