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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Day of the Woman (original title)
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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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Director: Meir Zarchi
Stars: Camille Keaton, Jamie Bernadette, Maria Olsen
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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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After it was all over... she waited... then she struck back in a way only a woman can! See more »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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When the guys tow Jennifer's boat, shots from inside the speedboat show camera shadows on one man's legs. See more »

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Johnny: That's so sweet, it's painful.
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Sola Perduta Abandonnato
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A pearl in this maligned genre
31 December 2003 | by 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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