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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Day of the Woman (original title)
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

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The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents a riverside cabin in upstate New York to work on her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jennifer one day and strip her naked for the village idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer recovers, and in her now-twisted, psychotic state, she begins to seek revenge on the men. Written by Craig Johnson <sis1488@osiris.sis.port.ac.uk>

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This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned four men beyond recognition... but no jury in America would ever convict her! I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE ... an act of revenge (US 1983 re-release) See more »

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22 November 1978 (USA)  »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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One crew member quit during filming of the second rape scene. He simply couldn't stomach any more violence. The film's make-up artist quit the film halfway through. She had been gang-raped and couldn't bear to relive the horror of her attacks. See more »

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Jennifer climbs into the boat toward the end of the film. She had been underwater, so her hair is wet. When she takes the boat in circles, her hair is dry. See more »

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Johnny: [screaming in pain after being castrated by Jennifer] AW, JESUS! JUST TAKE A LOOK OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME! OH, GOD! OH! *OH, GO-O-O-O-D!*
[continues screaming and crying in agony as Jennifer walks out of the bathroom and locks the door]
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Sola Perduta Abandonnato
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A pearl in this maligned genre
31 December 2003 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a straightforward rape/revenge drama with the tone of a documentary.

The coverage is plain, there is no music, there are no "stars", there are no concessions to a mainstream audience.

The exploitation film audience may be served, although the rape sequences are neither dynamic nor stylish.

Camille Keaton (Buster's granddaughter), a writer, drives to the country to stay at her house on the river. Local losers stalk her and rape her and rape her again.

The rest of the film details the victim's bloody revenge.

Labeled rubbish by the ignorant, this is very restrained exploitation that is often perversely effective and confronting.

The rape sequences are nasty and ugly, not enhanced by camera moves, rich sound effects or lurid angles.

On the other hand, the revenge sequences are more cinematically manipulative and poorly executed.

An intriguing document of merit.


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