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I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
1978 / Horror
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Directed by Meir Zarchi
Written by Meir Zarchi
Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace and Anthony Nichols

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Rape Revenge, Slasher
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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

6 / 10
This can be a tough film to watch depending on how you approach it. The scenes involving sexual assault are dragged out fairly long, which makes it very uncomfortable to watch during these parts but in one way it helps you to appreciate just how terrible the act of rape really is. Some will call this a vile and deranged piece of work, some also hail it as the ultimate feminist movie.

I Spit On Your Grave may not be quality cinema and may not be a film that I like to repeat very often but it does evoke a range of emotions that you will rarely experience while watching most other films.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
This classic in the rape-and-revenge subgenre of exploitation film, originally known as Day of the Woman, is oftentimes a difficult movie to watch. Due to the fact it's a 70's film, it has that dead serious, gritty vibe that you would expect, making I Spit on Your Grave an awfully grueling viewing experience at times.

While the rape sequences were a bit much (and probably more disturbing than Last House on the Left from six years earlier), the revenge sequences were a lot of fun (and very well-deserved - if you don't think those men deserved the painful deaths they got, I'd really question your sense of right-and-wrong), the best being a castration. Definitely gory when it needs to be, more often than not, I Spit on Your Grave just sticks with a bit of build-up and a quick blow, especially near the end.

Camille Keaton does well as a messed up victim of rape, and there was no point in the film in which I didn't sympathize with her. The four rapists were all well-played too, and while Richard Pace's Matthew was somewhat hard to hate, the other three (Eron Tabor, Anthony Nichols, and Gunter Kleeman) were as despicable as you can imagine. The only shame is that their deaths weren't longer. Worth noting, none of the four male actors have been in any other film, before or after, which I found interesting.

The film can be quite tedious. After the first horrific rape, Keaton's character is raped twice more, and it's only after she begins to get her revenge that I really feel comfortable watching the film, as it goes more into a slasher feel. Otherwise, the rape sequences were, understandably, deeply unpleasant, and possessed a very desperate quality to them.

Personally, though I've seen this film twice now, I think that I Spit on Your Grave is a hard movie to love. I certainly find the revenge satisfactory, but that doesn't happen until about an hour in, and dealing with the rape sequences is a bit much. I still find the last forty minutes enjoyable, but it's a grind getting through the first hour. Probably a movie worth watching, but while it's certainly good at times, it's not one that I'd watch multiple times for enjoyment.
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