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I Spit on Your Grave - 2010 - Anchor Bay Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Sunday, 03 April 2011
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Directed by: Steven Monroe
Written by: Stuart Morse
Produced by: Lisa M. Hansen, Paul Hertzberg
Cinematography by: Neil Lisk
Editing by: Daniel Duncan
Cast: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Chad Lindberg, Tracey Walter
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1 h 48 min

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Who would have imagined that Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left" would ever meet the fate of a remake?  "Chaos," and later, the ultra pointless "Last House on the Left" 2009 prove that even exploitation films aren't off limits.  Then, the subsequent year, low and behold, a film one would certainly not merit to be a profit grabbing remake, Mier Zarchi's "Day of the Woman" hits the remake roster.  So how does "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 hold up as a horror film in general, as well as a remake of a classic?  Let's take a look...

"I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 sets sail in similar fashion to its precursor.  We follow Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) as she heads to a country cabin to write her second novel.  Along the way she stops at a gas station to fill up and ask for directions.  Here she has a brief altercation with one of the gas attendants.  She accidently hits her key chain's panic button, startling him, which causes him to trip and spill a nearby bucket of water.  Embarrassed, the other two grease monkeys laugh and make fun of him.  She drives off to her writer's fortress in the middle of the woods and gets down to business.  A day or so passes and she becomes acquainted with the place.  One evening she relaxes with a bottle of vino and as is the case with Zarchi's sexploitation and titillation that is prevalent in the original, director Steven Monroe stays onboard.   Monroe, has his leading lady spill some wine on herself enabling the scene to have her disrobing down to her knickers to try and remove the stain.  Enter, one of the low-life-locals, video camera equipped as he voyeuristically captures her stain removal tactics from somewhere outside the cabin.  A "taste" of things to come.

The following day Jennifer goes for a skimpy run, finds an abandoned shack, and returns to her cabin which now has water/toilet troubles.  She calls for repairs and a retarded handyman named Michael (Chad Lindberg) shows up to fix the plumbing.  Successful in correcting the dilemma, she is overjoyed and returns the favor with a kiss right on the lips (leaving the viewer scratching their heads as to why  someone would kiss a stranger in such a way even if she can now flush freely).  Matthew, with a newfound crush, meets up with our grease monkey locals in the woods and gushes about his run-in with Jennifer stating "she likes me." This causes the men to bark about city women being cock teases and the like.

Later on that evening the men make their definitive appearance at Miss Hills' cabin -- let the decadence begin!  Lead by Johnny (Jeff Branson), the embarrassed gas attendant, the men proceed to scare the shit out of the young woman.  The degradation is augmented when the men force her to fellate a bottle of booze, followed by a gun, culminating with her making a run for it into the woods.  Distressed, she runs into the town Sheriff (Andrew Howard) on a hunting trip.  He manages to calm her down and takes her back to the cabin to investigate.  What began as her salvation quickly turns to further misery when she realizes that the Sheriff is in cahoots with the men and what she thought was her worst nightmare, is now only beginning.  Rape, degradation and torment follows.  As does retribution...

It's easy to dismiss a film that's a remake because usually the original is sacred to fans.  "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 isn't "better" than the original, and it's an exercise in futility to compare the two.  Obviously Zarchi's film will reign.  "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010, as a standalone modern day exploitation horror film, is a good one.  This viewer isn't a fan of remakes, re-imaginings or whatever term is used these days, nor am I a fan of many modern Hollywood horror films for that matter.  That stated, Steven Monroe does the original some justice whilst carving his own vision into the genre.  There is no denying that the degradation and violations depicted here are nothing short of disturbing.  The director's intermingling of both titillating and simultaneously alarming the viewer lends to the original. This time around the director chose his own revenge paths which were all promising and enjoyable.  Jennifer Hill's revenge is downright brutal and sadistic which is what any good exploitation should be.  It needs to be violent and exploitative.  One act shows Jennifer capturing one of the men, tying him to a tree, hooking his eyes open with fishhooks, smearing them with fish guts, to later be plucked out by crows.  Another has a perpetrator sodomized with a shotgun.

"I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 isn't short of flaws, but as horror fans, you sometimes have to overlook them.  One blunder in particular is that we are lead to believe that, Jennifer, naked and left for dead spent a month in the woods living off the land, eating rats, squirrels and the like to ultimately stalk her prey after sustaining in the wilderness and a rotten shack in the woods.  Plausibility aside, viewers are here for the degradation and revenge, both of which are executed in "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 quite nicely.

Anchor Bay Entertainment delivers "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 on Blu-Ray (and DVD) with a 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio, 1080p MPEG-4 AVC.  The transfer to blu-ray looks perfect.  The audio is presented English Dolby TrueHD 5.1with English and Spanish subtitle options.  "I Spit on Your Grave" 2010 has a variety of extras including an audio commentary with Director Steven Monroe and Producer Lisa Hansen.  'The Revenge of Jennifer Hills: Remaking A Cult Icon' runs 16-minutes and contains cast and crew interviews.  There are almost 12-minutes of 'Deleted Scenes', a 'Radio Spot' and 'Trailers'.  Included in this release is also a digital copy of the film.
 

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic 1080p MPEG-4 AVC
 Region: A
 Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - Audio Commentary w/ Director Steven Monroe, Producer Lisa Hansen
 - The Revenge of Jennifer Hills: Remaking A Cult Icon
 - Teaser Trailer
 - Theatrical Trailers
 - Radio Spot
 - Deleted Scenes

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Ray Casta   |76.124.113.xxx |2011-04-05 04:48:47
Awesome review.
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