Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The stars: Andrew Howard, Jeff Branson, Sarah Butler
The buzz: “I Spit On Your Grave“ is a remake of the controversial 1978 rape and revenge film.
The story: A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
insing.com thinks: Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler - usually semi or fully naked) needs to get away from the bustling city life to write her novel and rents a riverside cabin. Unknown to her, the local hillbillies are plotting to shake her up for unintentionally humiliating one of them –Johnny (Jeff Branson), a gas station attendant. What was supposed to be a lesson taught ended up going too far with Jennifer being brutally gang-raped by two of Johnny’s friends, a mentally challenged plumber and a Sheriff. Jennifer survives the ordeal and dives into the lake, never to be seen again –or so they thought.
Destroying every evidential fragment of her existence, the five men resumed their daily lives after months of search for her went futile. But soon, Jennifer will cut, chop, break and burn these men. The last sentence was taken off the trailer of the 1978 original read by a placid, monotonous narrator –synonymous to the classic B-grade horror/thriller flicks of that era. However, this remake is less seductive and bloodier.
In this remake, Jennifer returns with the mental capacity of a psychopath and systematically kills each of her rapists. She does this by doing upon them what they’ve done upon her. Stanley (Daniel Franzese) recorded her ordeal, so she records his and let him watch by hooking his eyelids to the tree as crows feed on it. Andy (Rodney Eastman) dunked her face in the swamp while raping her; she does the same by suspending him above a bathtub filled with acid. Johnny was forced to eat his own manhood that she sliced off. And Sheriff Storch preferring to put it up her rear end, gets a shotgun up his.
In the original version, Jennifer was played by a stunning Camille Keaton, who takes her time to lure and seduce her perpetrators and then kill them. The remake extended the scene time of their torture instead, which was not only gory but predictable. A perfect film to watch if you want to make your date squeamish and eventually losing them. What goes around, comes around.