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I Spit On Your Grave

World Premiere

  • USA 2010
  • 107 min
  • 35mm
  • English
Hosted by director Steven R. Monroe, actress Sarah Butler, actors Jeff Branson and Daniel Franzese and executive producer Meir Zarchi



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Director: Steven R. Monroe
Screenplay: Stuart Morse
Cast: Sarah Butler, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg, Andrew Howard
Producers: Sarah J. Donohue, Lisa Hansen, Paul Hertzberg, Jeff Klein, Gary Needle, Alan Ostroff, Meir Zarchi
Print Source: Cinetel/Anchor Bay



Arguably the most notorious rape/revenge thriller of all time gets a brutalizing makeover in Steven R. Monroe’s highly buzzed-about remake. Young novelist Jennifer (Sarah Butler) goes to a secluded cabin to isolate herself for an extended writing session. An awkward exchange at a gas station marks her as a clear fish out of water to a pack of locals who take advantage of her in more ways than one. In a horrifically repellent set piece, Jennifer is beaten, gang-raped and all but torn to pieces. She crawls away and is never seen again, her attackers presuming that she must have died somewhere in the woods. And in a sense, she did. What remains of Jennifer is a wounded shell. A shell that seethes hot with fury, violated and dehumanized to the point that what’s left of her is borderline inhuman. And her attackers are going to pay for it in ways they never dreamed could be possible.

Meir Zarchi’s cult 1978 original, initially released under the arguably more appropriate moniker DAY OF THE WOMAN, was a punishing grindhouse production that titillated audiences with promises of lurid sex and violence, then turned the tables and assaulted them by delivering just that—only in ways that no human being could ever enjoy. Monroe’s remake, almost surprisingly, in this day of gutless in-name-only reduxes, stays shockingly true to Zarchi’s vision. In fact, when it comes time for the rapists’ bloody comeuppances at the hands of their victim, Monroe actually ups the ante! In inventively-stomach turning set pieces that rival the entire canon of SAW films, the scumbags get everything they deserve, and then more. And more. Will it make you feel better about things? Not any more so than it improves our broken heroine’s outlook on life (ie: not at all), but there is something ghoulishly vindicating in watching the most vicious kind of justice dealt out to remorseless predators, and GRAVE, like its predecessor, revels in that negative energy. And as with the original, some will hail it as a feminist DEATH WISH while others will condemn it for its nihilism and cruelty. Either way, one thing can be certain. Nobody will be taking it lightly. Watch out for cult vet Tracey Walter (REPO MAN) and a chilling turn by Montreal’s own Rodney Eastman (last on the Fantasia screen in RULE OF 3 and known to horror fans for NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4) as one of the meanest baddies of the pack.

—Mitch Davis

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