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Meir Zarchi’s “I Spit on Your Grave” is kind of a funny film to choose to remake, having caused heated debate ever since its release and frequent censoring back in 1978. Whilst on the one hand, the film’s reputation for controversy might well be just as headline-grabbing today, it’s one of the few pieces of extreme exploitation cinema that even many diehard genre fans find it uncomfortable admitting they actually like. This is understandable, given that much of the running revolves around brutal rape scenes, with the film walking a fine line between supposed feminist revenge as per its original title “Day of the Woman”, and gratuitous misogyny dressed up as grindhouse entertainment. Director Steven R. Monroe (“Complacent”, “Storm Cell”) is the man bravely attempting to update and revive the film, running the risk not only of being accused of glamorising violence against women, but of needlessly churning out yet another pointless remake. »
- James Mudge
[Editor's Note: This was published during the 2010 edition of the Fantastia Int. Film Festival. We are republishing the article to coincide with the theatrical release.] I Spit on Your Grave has two strikes against it right out of the block: one, die hard horror fans are very vocal about their distaste for remakes of their favorite films of yesteryear; and two, the fact that it's a remake of one of the - if not the - most brutal rape revenge films ever made means that even if it's good (it is), the subject matter is way up there on the controversy barometer. So the big question is: did I Spit on Your Grave need to be remade for a 21st century audience? Director Steven Monroe (Wyvern, Storm Cell), a huge fan of the 1978 original (also known as Day of the Woman), seems to have thought not, but made the film out of a sense of necessity: at the pre-screening introduction of the film's world premiere at Fantasia he said that when he saw the rights »
Two new clips from director Steven R. Munroe's (Storm Cell) remake of the controversial 1978 horror movie I Spit on Your Grave have been released online. Written by Stuart Morse, the remake stars Sarah Butler in her big screen debut as Jennifer Hills, a writer seeking the quiet of an isolated cabin in the woods to complete her new novel. After Jennifer has a run-in with some local rednecks, the lowlifes trail her back to her cabin, where they rape and brutalize her, leaving her for dead. But, Jennifer doesn't die. Instead, she returns with a vengeance that would make The Punisher proud, torturing and killing those responsible for her assault in highly imaginative ways.
Next Showing: I Spit on Your Grave opens in unrated and limited release October 8
Link | Posted 9/21/2010 by BrentJS
Steven R. Monroe | I Spit on Your Grave »
- BrentJS Sprecher
The first full-length theatrical trailer for director Steven R. Munroe's (Storm Cell) new horror movie, I Spit On Your Grave, is now online. A remake of the controversial 1978 movie of the same name, I Spit on Your Grave stars newcomer Sarah Butler as Jennifer Hills, a writer who rents a cabin in the country to work on her latest novel. Jennifer's arrival draws the attention of a group of lowlifes who trail her to the cabin and viciously rape her, leaving her for dead. Jennifer survives the traumatic experience and returns to exact brutal revenge upon her attackers. Andrew Howard, Jeff Branson and Rodney Eastman also star.
Next Showing: I Spit on Your Grave opens October 8
Link | Posted 8/13/2010 by BrentJS
- BrentJS Sprecher
4 items from 2010
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