A reversal of my usual pattern today. Normally with a remade film i watch the original first. With this i decided to do the opposite. Will this influence my final opinions? Who knows.
I spit on Your Grave follows the harrowing sexual assault and rape at the hands of 5 men. Jennifer is left for dead and, months later, comes back for revenge.
Cinematically the film is well made with few of the usual Hollywood flaws. There is an interesting use of fixed focus shots with the subject walking into pinpoint clarity which really adds to the feel of the film.
I wasn’t blown away though (unlike the sheriff!) it just felt dreadfully like girl power torture porn and from a truly sexist point of view Jennifer (although extremely pretty) didn't float my boat… she could have done with a few hot dinners even before living in the wilds for a few months.
This leads me to my other gripes, where did she get clothes and tools? Surely her disappearance would have been investigated more thoroughly? What DID she do with the little girl? Her behaviour as an avenging angel was also erratic, cold dispassion one second then wild rage. This led to a real feeling of inconsistency.
The film passed the time but I found it an uncomfortable viewing, any message that may have been intended seemed lost in torture porn and Jennifer looked far too much like a Japanese ghost for my taste.
Nice but no cigar… will the original fare better?
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