I Spit on Your Grave (2010 film)
|I Spit on Your Grave|
Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Steven R. Monroe|
|Produced by||Lisa Hansen
|Screenplay by||Stuart Morse|
|Based on||Day of the Woman
by Meir Zarchi
|Music by||Corey Allen Jackson|
|Edited by||Daniel Duncan|
|Distributed by||Anchor Bay Entertainment|
I Spit on Your Grave is a 2010 American rape and revenge horror film, and a remake of the controversial 1978 cult film Day of the Woman (better known by its re-release title, I Spit on Your Grave). It was directed by Steven R. Monroe, and stars Sarah Butler, Chad Lindberg, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, and Andrew Howard.
City novelist Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is driving to a cabin in the woods she had rented, located next to a town, in order to write her next book in privacy. Lost and out of fuel, she pulls into a gas station for information and filling up. Operator Johnny (Jeff Branson) gives her the information and tries to flirt with her, to no avail, despite her sympathy and politeness. Jennifer accidentally hits the panic button on her car, causing Johnny to stumble backward into a bucket of water and his nearby friends Andy (Rodney Eastman) and Stanley (Daniel Franzese) to laugh at him.
At and around the cabin, Jennifer spends the following days sunbathing, hiking, smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, which she had brought in large amounts. One day the plumbing of the cabin's bathroom becomes clogged up, and a stuttering plumber named Matthew (Chad Lindberg), who has social interaction disability, is sent at her request to fix the problem, which he successfully does, awarding him an abrupt kiss of gratitude from Jennifer, who states he saved her from having to bathe in the swampy lake.
The three men from before, revealed to be brash, reckless, and sadistic, are seen again beating a fish with a bat when Matthew, who is friends with them, arrives and tells about his experience and boasts that she likes him. Instigated by Johnny, who seems ego-wounded and derided with his incident with Jennifer at the gas station, the friends conclude that she is snobbish and needs to be "taught a lesson".
That night, the four men sneak into Jennifer's cabin, with the intent of forcing Matthew to lose his virginity. They relentlessly taunt Jennifer, making her perform fellatio on a pistol and a bottle. She escapes into the woods and bumps into Sheriff Storch (Andrew Howard) and Earl (Tracey Walter), the old man from whom she rented the cabin. Storch takes Jennifer back to the cabin with the pretense of assisting her. He finds her alcohol and marijuana, accusing her of legal tampering and starts frisking her, getting gradually sexual. The other men come through the door and it becomes obvious they are in cahoots. They hold her down while roughly forcing Matthew on her with taunts of "faggot" and Matthew, initially refusing to assault her, seizes the opportunity. After Matthew rapes her, Jennifer stumbles from the cabin into the woods naked. The men catch up to her, and Andy holds her head underwater while Storch anally rapes her. The others also rape her, and Stanley records everything on his video camera. Afterward, Jennifer walks onto a bridge and falls into the river just as Storch is about to shoot her, and she doesn't surface. Storch tells the other three men to search for Jennifer in the river, but they find not even a clue about her whereabouts. A furious Storch then destroys the tape containing the footage Stanley recorded with his camera and demands the others get rid of all the evidence.
It is gradually suggested that Jennifer is alive and stalking her rapists to learn details of their lives. After visiting Earl to give him the key of the cabin Jennifer stood, Storch receives a call from Earl in his home; Earl tells him someone left a message for Jennifer in the cabin's answering machine and complains about the fact that Jennifer is absent since a month ago. Concomitantly, a desperate Stanley realizes his camera has been stolen and tells the incident to Andy and Johnny. Stanley reveals that the tape containing the footage was in his camera and the one Storch destroyed actually contained nothing, making Johnny angry to the point of strangling Stanley. Later that night, Johnny hears noises outside his house and finds a dead bird in his balcony. Realizing someone is out there, he threatens the trespasser with gunshots, but is answered with nothing but one of Jennifer's slippers and a set of bracelets Matthew used to wear, suggesting it was Matthew hiding in the yard.
Mrs. Storch receives a tape in the family mail, but is not able to watch the contents of it (it's a smaller, video camera format tape), and tells the incident to her husband. Angry and suspecting the tape is the one containing Stanley's footage, Storch hurries to meet Stanley, Andy and Johnny and ask them who was responsible for the tape's delivery. Johnny and Andy suspect Matthew did so, due to his obsession with Jennifer, but they don't know where he is. Afterwards, Storch and Earl go to the forest to hunt quails. Storch seizes the opportunity to kill Earl with his shotgun, saying that he is taking care of "loose ends".
When Matthew is in the cabin, he hears Jennifer's voice saying she knows he's there, which lures him up the stairs. He becomes frantic and slips down the stairs. Regaining consciousness, he finds Jennifer, finally revealed to be alive, on the couch watching for him. Matthew attempts to sympathize with her and when Jennifer accepts his apology and comforts him stating that it wasn't his fault that he raped her, she slips a noose around his neck and strangles him, stating that "it's not good enough". She then captures Stanley in a bear trap, sets up his camera, and then ties his eyes open with fish hooks. She gets a fish and spreads the guts in his eyes and face. Crows come and peck on his face and eyeballs. Jennifer knocks Andy out with a baseball bat and ties him up over a bathtub which is filling with water. She puts lye in the water and when his strength gives, he collapses into the water. Each time he pulls himself up, his face becomes more corroded and his tongue keeps melting, bleeding to death. Jennifer strings Johnny up naked, pulls his teeth out with pliers, then forces him to perform fellatio on his pistol. Finally she cuts off his penis, sticks it in his mouth, and leaves him to bleed to death.
After killing Johnny, Jennifer visits Storch's family. Storch receives a call from his wife, saying that his daughter's teacher is there and they want him to meet her. When his daughter hands the phone to Jennifer, Storch realizes it's her as she taunts him about how "it's a pleasure to meet your family". Storch races home and learns Jennifer has taken his daughter to the park. Storch goes to the park but no one is there. He gets back in his car and Jennifer knocks him unconscious. When he wakes, Jennifer rapes him with his shotgun and reminds him that she was just as innocent as his own daughter. She has attached one end of a string to the trigger and the other end to Matthew's wrist. Matthew is alive but unconscious, and Jennifer tells Storch, "If I were you, I'd tell him not to move". When Matthew wakes up, he triggers the shotgun, killing himself and Storch. Jennifer sits outside and smiles.
- Sarah Butler as Jennifer Hills
- Rodney Eastman as Andy
- Daniel Franzese as Stanley
- Jeff Branson as John "Johnny" Miller
- Andrew Howard as Sheriff Storch
- Chad Lindberg as Matthew, the plumber with social disorders
- Tracey Walter as Earl
- Mollie Milligan as Mrs. Storch, the sheriff's wife
- Saxon Sharbino as Chastity Storch, the sheriff's daughter
- Amber Dawn Landrum as Girl at Gas Station
Principal photography began on November 2, 2009, under Steven R. Monroe's direction. It was distributed by CineTel, and produced by the company's president and CEO Paul Hertzberg. Lisa Hansen, Jeff Klein, Alan Ostroff, Gary Needle, and Meir Zarchi (director of the original) served as executive producers. Location filming took place in Louisiana. The film was written by Stuart Morse, based on Zarchi's screenplay.
CineTel Films planned a 2010 worldwide theatrical release. The film was part of the Texas Frightmare Weekend on May 1, 2010 in the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas, and part of the Film4 Frightfest on August 29, 2010. The Canadian unrated version premiered at the Fantasia Festival on July 20, 2010. The complete cast and Meir Zarchi, director of the original, were present. An unrated version was followed in limited release on October 8, 2010, in the United States. Coincidentally, another unrated horror film, Hatchet II, opened a week beforehand.
The film is distributed in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The DVD and Blu-ray were released in the United States on February 8, 2011. The DVD includes an audio commentary by director Steven R. Monroe and producer Lisa Hansen, 11 deleted scenes, teasers and trailers.
Critical reaction to the film has been generally negative, with a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic the film was assigned a rating of 27% based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Roger Ebert gave the film a zero-star rating (the same one he'd given the original) and described it as the "despicable remake of the despicable 1978 film". He claimed that it added "a phony sense of moral equivalency", stating "If I rape you, I have committed a crime. If you kill me, you have committed another one. The ideal outcome would be two people unharmed in the first place." While he allowed that the movie was made "professionally," as opposed to the original version that was devoid of any kind of skills or artistry, he considered this largely in the service of the truly offensive material, the rape scenes, later summarizing "this [version] is more offensive, because it lingers lovingly and at greater length on realistic verbal, psychological and physical violence against the woman, and then reduces her 'revenge' to cartoonish horror-flick impossibilities."
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "In addition to all the obvious things that are disgusting about this movie, I Spit on Your Grave is trying to get us to hate each other. Hate it instead. It makes more sense and the hatred is much more deserved." Critic Andrew O'Hehir also denounced the notion that the film has a message, writing that it "just piles imaginary atrocities on top of real ones, and then halfheartedly claims that it means something. Well, it doesn't."
Some support for the film in mainstream press came from The New York Times, which wrote, "Female-empowerment fantasy or just plain prurience, 'Grave' is extremely efficient grindhouse." V.A. Musetto, from the New York Post, also offered some support for the film, stating, "If you can handle it, see it."
Like the original, the film did find limited cult support. Fangoria magazine wrote that I Spit on Your Grave "...is just as raw and upsetting in its onscreen brutality as the original. Perhaps more so, since the acting is significantly better this time around".
A sequel, I Spit on Your Grave 2, directed by Steven R. Monroe, was produced and was given a limited theatrical release on September 20, 2013. The film's plot concerns a young aspiring model named Katie (Jemma Dallender) who accepts an offer to have photos taken for her modeling portfolio. Unfortunately for Katie, little does she know the event turns into a nightmare of torture, rape and kidnapping. The story has a rape-revenge plot similar to the first film.
In March 2015 Anchor Bay Entertainment announced with I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, the 3rd installment of the franchise. Sarah Butler returned to her role as Jennifer Hills and R.D. Braunstein is set as the director of the film.
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