Jennifer is a novelist who heads to a rented cabin deep in the woods planning to use the solitude and quiet to get her writing done. Instead a group of local troublemakers become focused on her and a game of intimidation turns into a brutal group rape. As they are about to kill her, she escapes and survives, determined to exact revenge on everyone involved.
Sarah Butler (Jennifer), Jeff Branson (Johnny), Andrew Howard (Storch), Daniel Franzese (Stanley), Rodney Eastman (Andy), Chad Lindberg (Matthew), Tracey Walter (Earl), Mollie Milligan (Mrs. Storch).
I Spit on Your Grave starts off with some character background and setting development as the plot begins to slowly unroll. The pace of the film builds slowly to Jennifer’s rape which is quite detailed and conveys the brutality very well bringing us to the edge of our seats. From there the film shifts to more of a horror mode and fast pace as Jennifer sets out for revenge with methods so brutal, but again well conveyed, it is almost impossible to look away from the screen. The film ends appropriately with an expected but satisfying ending.
Acting was very good from Butler who did a nice job conveying a range of difficult to express emotions. Supporting work from Branson, Howard, Franzese, and Eastman was also good. Lindberg did a nice job playing a mentally disabled man.
Camera work was well done with lingering horror shots, smooth action scenes, and interesting perspective throughout. Sets and backgrounds were simple, mostly natural, and fit the film well. Action and horror based effects were very nicely done with good detail. Dialogue was a challenge during low and mumbled speech while sound was pretty good.
Overall I Spit on Your Grave does an exceptional job expressing the brutality of rape along with the morality of that act, as well as that of revenge. The film generates excellent audience emotion on several levels, building each to impressive intensity.
With graphic brutal rape and sodomy, extensive violence and nudity, foul language, drug and alcohol abuse, and torture save this for adults and above. Those overly sensitive to portrayals of rape or sodomy may want to think twice about this one.
I Spit on Your Grave is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
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