"I Spit on Your Grave" Movie Trailer Review

5/09/2010 Posted by Admin

Movie Trailer Review

"I Spit on Your Grave"

By our guest blogger, Jeremy Wilkinson

One of the most shocking things about the trailer for "I Spit on Your Grave" is that it took this long to be remade. Remakes are produced all the time, and Hostel helped to usher in the newest wave of gritty, violent films known as torture porn. "I Spit in Your Grave" is an obvious choice thanks to both of those reasons.

It was originally released in 1978 as "Day of the Woman," but did not do well in theaters. It was only after it’s 1981 re-released as "I Spit on Your Grave" did the movie gain its infamy. It is remembered because it had an almost unprecedented level of violence against women. Since we live in a different time where female revenge movies have been done multiple times, and many people have been exposed to very dark films, can the remake hold the same power the original had?

Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) comes to a small cabin so she can write a new book. But her presence does not go unnoticed by the seedier members of the local population. The film's trailer starts with Jennifer waking up after hearing a creak, only to find some men have broken into her cabin. Their actions are kept off-screen, but it’s quite clear they sexually assault her. After one hellish night, Jennifer somehow manages to not only survive, but also escape her attackers. She then begins to plan revenge against the men who left her bloody and broken.

The trailer shows that Jennifer is not playing around, either. One man’s leg gets caught in a bear trap, while another looks like he’s being drowned. The very last shot is probably the most chilling--one of her attackers is immobilized in front of Jennifer, and she has a pair of nasty looking shears in her hands.

For "I Spit on Your Grave" to honor the spirit of the original, it must be unflinching in its violence. Despite what is shown in the trailer, the violence could end up being tame compared to other current works. " I Spit on Your Grave" may have some important things to say about violence against women and vigilantism, but it’s the stark violence that hammers its points home. The nature of violence does not have to be on par with a film by Takashi Miike, but it certainly needs to be there. Watering down what made the original so memorable will probably translate to lower box office receipts. More than likely, mainstream critics will not get behind this film anyway.

If you enjoy dark cinema, keep an eye on this remake.

View the movie trailer for "I Spit on Your Grave" below. Are you planning to see it?

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