A successful writer runs into trouble when four men mercilessly rape and torture her outside of her remote cabin by the lake. She barely manages to survive, but then returns for revenge against each of the men that assaulted her. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. An infamous name in Horror. The exploitation classic returns to the small screen care of Steven Monroe's 2010 remake. Unlike the restraint that was shown in the recent retelling of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, Monroe and his cast are unafraid to push the envelope, often making this updated version just as putrid and unbearable as before. While the cinematic style reduces the visceral appeal of the original, it makes the violent scenes of rape no less difficult to watch. The same basic story has been carried over, but here, the second act introduces a new layer of mystery and suspense. Where Meir Zarchi's film fit better with the Exploitation films of the time, the excessive gore in the 2010 release brings it much closer to the Horror genre.
Unfortunately, Monroe's version is not without its flaws. In just one of the many logical inconsistencies, his villains are sure to cover up all of the evidence of Jennifer's arrival in town -- with the exception of the clean designer clothes that they somehow left behind for her to find. In addition to plotting the methods of her revenge, Jennifer was apparently plotting a number of clever one-liners as well that are forced and out of place. Most of the acting falls back on drab Hixploitation, and though Sarah Butler comes through strongly during the rape scenes, her performance is way overblown in the end.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is not a perfect film, but unlike so many other remakes, it remains just as edgy as its source material, and takes a chance with several noticeable changes to the plot.
If you liked I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, check out:
THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, DEATH WEEKEND.