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January 25, 2011

Movie Review: I Spit on your Grave (1978, 2010)

By James DePaolo

Review-I want to be perfectly honest, this is tough. Camile Keaton or Sarah Butler, original vs remake. Originally titled Day of the Woman, this is the story of a young woman who while on a vacation relaxing is brutally raped and left for dead by a group of guys. Well, she is out for revenge and one by one she will show them. The blu-ray transfer of the original 1978 edition is amazing. The sound and picture are probably the best transfer this film has had. I had the original DVD they released in Suncoast about 11 years ago. The original is pretty brutal for its time, the rape scene is almost unwatchable in its cruelty . Camile really sells the role, and does a great job.

Buy I Spit on Your Grave (1978) on Blu-ray!

Buy I Spit on Your Grave (2010) on Blu-ray!

Remember all that Support Unrated Horror trash about Hatchet 2. I Spit on your Grave (2010) should have been the film to support. This film is not a shot-for-shot remake, it is more like a reshaping of the original, with a little bit of new content. Is that a good thing? I thought the rape scene this time was not so brutal. It felt hokey. Like they were losing direction and started just improv with the scene. The cell phone scene what happens and why she has no cell phone was pretty foolish. She was not half the actress Camille was. But, the kills in the revenge part were pretty sick and over the top; very gruesome and deserves the unrated for the shotgun scene alone.
The villains in the new one were not half as effective as they were in the original. But, gorehounds you will love this version. For the last 45 minutes when the director just takes his foot off the brake and lets the movie go, it does go and boy does it get bloody and go the torture porn route quick and a lot. As a whole the original has the better acting and more believable villains and rape scene. But, the remake has the most gruesome kills and shows a lot of guts by altering scenes from the original and going with their vision.

I recommend buying the original on blu ray for the fact this is the best transfer of this film yet. The new one I would recommend to buy as well. The revenge kills I can watch over and over. Good stuff.

Both Blu-rays will be out Feb. 8th from Anchor Bay Entertainment!

I Spit on your Grave (2010)
directed by:Steven R Monroe
107 minutes

I Spit on your Grave (1978)
directed by: Meir Zarchi
101 minutes

Special Features on 2010 version are:
Audio Commentary with Director Steven R. Monroe and Producer Lisa Hansen
The Revenge of Jennifer Hills: Remaking a Cult Icon
Deleted Scenes, Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer, Theatrical Trailer #2, Radio Spot

Special Features on 1978 version are:
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Meir Zarchi
Audio Commentary with Author/Historian Joe Bob Briggs
The Values of Vengeance: Meir Zarchi Remembers I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
Alternate Main Title
Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Poster & Still Gallery

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