With plenty of violent scenes and a gruesome storyline, this remake of I Spit on Your Grave is certainly staying true to the original. Released back in 1978, the original was also titled Day of the Woman, or also The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hills. Nice.
That title really explains the entire story of the film – both the original and the upcoming remake. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead by four men out in the country. When she doesn’t die, she begins systematically hunting them down and exacting her revenge in some very grotesque and gory ways. Pretty much anything awful that can happen to the human body occurs in the original, and from the trailer for the remake, it looks like we’ll get a whole new imagining.
Is this a movie that really needed remade? Probably not. Rape and sodomy are not unknown in today’s cinema (think The Last House on the Left remake), but they aren’t usually exploited for marketing purposes nor sexualized. The movie poster that came out for the remake blatantly focuses on the well-airbrushed rear of Sarah Butler and nothing else. Gone are any efforts at marketing this as a feminist revenge flick, as the original tried to do. This is simply rape being sexualized for the purpose of filling theater seats.
Synopsis: Writer Jennifer Hills takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away. As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse.
Look for this in theaters (probably limited) on Oct. 8.