I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

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Connections: I Spit On Your Grave

A remake of the 1979 controversial cult classic, I Spit on Your Grave retells the horrific tale of writer Jennifer Hills who takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer's presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals led by Johnny, the town's service station owner, his two co-workers, Andy and Stanley, who along with their socially and mentally challenged friend Matthew, set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. --TMDb
Sarah Butler
Sarah Butler
Jeff Branson
Jeff Branson
Andrew Howard
Andrew Howard
Daniel Franzese
Daniel Franzese
Rodney Eastman
Rodney Eastman
Review by Chad
Added: March 13, 2011
Here we have yet another remake, and surprisingly, it's also another one of those rare remakes that tops the original film. Yes, I know that the 1978 version is a classic in the eyes of some horror fanboys, and yes, I certainly know about the controversy that surrounded the film upon its initial release, and yes, I'll even concede that it will retain its place in the horror history books while this one will likely go forgotten in a year or two. However, the original will hold its place for being released at the right time, not for being the better film: that award goes to this remake, hands down.

The story is basically the same. Jennifer (Sarah Butler) is a young, attractive novelist who heads down to a remote section of Louisiana to get away from it all while working on her second book. She secures a cabin out in the middle of nowhere, but unfortunately for her, she gets lost while trying to find it and stops at a gas station to ask for directions. There, she catches the eyes of Johnny (Jeff Branson), Stanley (Daniel Franzese), and Andy (Rodney Eastman), a trio of hooligans who are conflicted by their dislike of city girls and their desire to get into her pants. They do send her on her way, but a seed has been planted.

She gets settled in at her cabin and has a blast for the first couple of days, up until the boys decide to pay her a visit. They bring along some friends in Matthew (Chad Lindberg) and Storch (Andrew Howard), and it starts out innocently enough - they attempt to scare her by banging around outside, and then they try to embarrass her by going through her underwear drawer and calling her names. Soon, things get out of hand, and she is violently raped time and time again, and then one of the men decides that it would be in their best interests to kill her so that she can't turn them in for their crimes. She manages to escape, and she has but one thing on her mind: revenge. To be precise, revenge in the bloodiest, most painful ways imaginable.

The kill methods have been changed and some of the storyline has been altered, but this is basically a faithful adaptation of the original release. What sets it apart, however, is the performance turned in by Sarah Butler in the leading role. Camille Keaton was pretty good in the original film, don't get me wrong, but Mrs. Butler just completely knocked it out of the park here. There are three "phases" of her character: the initial girl-next-door who you can tell could probably be a stuck-up city bitch (as the guys label her), the terrified and tormented rape victim, and the badass woman who is out for blood. Now, most actresses could pull off one of those roles with ease, but Butler is perfect with all three of them. That is a testament to her ability, as most of the ladies working today would not have been able to make the transformations required while still retaining credibility. Her male costars are also great in their respective roles (Andrew Howard in particular), but Butler is clearly running things in this film.

As a result of all this great acting, a movie that could have been just another disposable rape-revenge flick turns out to instead be a memorable film that is almost painful to watch at times. You genuinely feel sympathy for the leading lady after the hell that she goes through, and you want nothing more than to see her get her revenge; then, when she gets it, you will get a huge rush of satisfaction. Gorehounds in particular will feel that rush, as the kills in this film are downright brutal. If you thought that the bathtub scene in the original was nasty, just wait until you see the fish-hook scene found here... or the shotgun... or the drowning... or, well, I think you get the point. All of the kills in here were well thought out and inventive, so again, I'm giving the filmmakers major props for their work here.

Honestly, there isn't a single negative thing that I can say about the film. If you're in the market for a sleazy piece of rape-revenge trash that delivers on its promise of an unsettling ninety minutes in front of the tube, you will not be disappointed with this release - I guarantee that. Not everybody will enjoy this type of movie, but if you go into it knowing what to expect, you will not be let down. I Spit On Your Grave outshines the original film in every way, and even as a standalone release, it's a damned entertaining movie. 10/10.
Crispy #1: Crispy - added 03/29/2011, 01:46 AM
Absolutely twisted, I spent more time cringing than not. This is the film the original wanted to be.
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