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I Spit on Your Grave is a 1978 film starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, and Anthony Nichols. The film was written and directed by Meir Zarchi and was released on November 22, 1978. The film was originally titled Day of the Woman, but was changed to the current title for its 1980 re-release.
The film received a sequel in 2019 entitled I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu, with Keaton reprising her role as Jennifer.
Jennifer Hill, a short story writer becomes a rape victim. The plot gets more bizarre.
Why It Spits On Your Grave
- The title I Spit on Your Grave is laughable, and it doesn't make any sense at all.
- The film tries to be scary but fails on every single level.
- Boring and underdeveloped characters.
- There is a plot hole that it would be physically impossible for Jennifer to lynch Mathew as depicted. In a pulley situation, one cannot hoist greater than one's body weight, regardless of strength, unless one is somehow anchored to the ground.
- Tons of continuity errors, such as Jennifer climbs into the boat toward the end of the film. She had been underwater, so her hair is wet. When she takes the boat in circles, her hair is dry.
- Jennifer's personal life is unknown aside from the fact that she is a writer.
- Most of the dialogue is absolutely terrible to listen to.
- The film still manages to be very unsettling to watch, especially the extended rape scene.
- Camille Keaton gives a good performance as Jennifer.
The film was panned by critics and audiences alike and currently holds a 53% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 5.42/10. The critic consensus reads "I Spit on Your Grave is as aggressively exploitative as its title suggests, although as a crude rejoinder to misogyny, it packs a certain amount of undeniable power." Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both named the film their worst film of that year. Ebert awarded the film zero stars and described the film as "a vile bag of garbage... without a shred of artistic distinction," and later added that "Attending it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life." and critic Matt Joseph described the film as "poorly made" and added, "the acting is non-existent."
A 2010 re-release of the film (not to be confused with the remake) was banned by the Irish Film Classification Office.
The film was unable to even make its budget back, and it did poorly at the box office, with only $1.5 million, and its Box Office wasn't confirmed.
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