I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Movie Review

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

1978 | Horror, Thriller
101 minutes /

User Score: 62/100


An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

I Spit on Your Grave Review

Writer-director Meir Zarchi’s controversial story of rape and revenge has lost none of its ability to shock viewers since it first gained notoriety in the late ‘70s. Camille Keaton (grand-niece of Buster Keaton and, later, Zarchi’s wife) stars as a young woman who is terrorized and then brutally assaulted by four men while on vacation. After slowly pulling herself together, she methodically tracks down and butchers each of the perpetrators. Zarchi’s film has been consistently accused of celebrating violence against women, and while the rape scenes are graphic, they also lack the voyeuristic qualities that earmark other similarly plotted exploitation films. If anything, Zarchi is guilty of awkward scripting; the dialogue is leaden, and Keaton’s transformation from victim to avenger is too swift. But to label him a pornographer is wrong, and while the film is challenging—perhaps more than most audiences can bear—its depiction of the psychology of violence is undeniably powerful.

About I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Title: I Spit on Your Grave
Original Title: I Spit on Your Grave, I Spit on Your Grave, The Housatonic Revenge
AKA: Day of the Woman
Year: 1978
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 29 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29
Starring: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann, Alexis Magnotti, Tammy Zarchi, Terry Zarchi, Traci Ferrante, William Tasgal, Isaac Agami, Ronit Haviv
Writers: Meir Zarchi
Director: Meir Zarchi

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