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I Spit on Your Grave (2010) - (Blu-ray)
I have to say that at this point I’m completely spent with remakes as it’s been done to and beyond death. Everything to be said about remakes have been said a million times over, so no need to repeat it here. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting anything of any value from the moment I heard about a remake of “I Spit on Your Grave” which is one of the most influential and important exploitation films of all time. Not only did I think that remaking that film would be pointless and watered down but I found the whole thing to be a total waste of time. Then somewhere in the process I was hearing a lot of good stuff from other writers and other sources of mine that said the total opposite of what I had been thinking. Of course I wasn’t so quick to follow the leader and admit that everyone must be right, but one thing was for sure and it was that I found myself being interested in seeing what all the fuss was about. So when I had the opportunity to check it out (thanks to the folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment) I took it and I have to admit that I was extremely happy that I did.
“I Spit on Your Grave” is a remake of the original 1978 film of the same name and although most of the plot is the same, there are a few changes. This time around the character of Jennifer Hills (played here by Sarah Butler) rents a summer cabin in the country to do her writing (in the same way as the original film) and runs into a group of nasty southern boys that aren’t willing to take no for an answer. This is all entangled into a storyline involving the local sheriff and his family which is something a bit different from the original film (while keeping the same effect that the original film used with the threat to Johnny and his family). This time around I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting it to get even remotely close to the crass and vile nature of the original film (one of the reasons it stands out to this day) and I have to say that I was surprised at just how nasty this one got at times. The original film managed to have something few films up to that point had and is a major talking point when speaking of it. It features a brutal rape scene with actress Camille Keaton getting attacked for over 27 minutes. This film doesn’t have a scene that matches up to the length of the original but it’s almost as close in ferocity and violence.
Another thing that I wasn’t expecting to be amazed by here would be the cast of actors chosen to be in the film, although I knew going into it that at least one actor would be worthwhile. That actor is Daniel Franzese who I was familiar with from such film’s as Larry Clark’s “Bully”, “Mean Girls” and shows up in “Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat”. Personally I’ve found him to be one of the more talented young actors who have been working for years and knew his presence would help this film. The rest of the cast is excellent as well and I was shocked at how good Sarah Butler was in this film. The role required her to go to a lot of dark places and the young actress was surprisingly up to task. After seeing her here I have to say that I hope filmmakers of all kind decide to take her up on her talents. The rest of the cast is rounded out by genre veteran Rodney Eastman (Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4), soap opera actor Jeff Branson, and character actor Andrew Howard who all do a wonderful job in the movie.
Something else that surprised me about this movie was the fact that it was willing to be as downright nasty as it had to match the original film. Recently the remake of “Last House on the Left” promised to do the same and failed miserably. It seems the people behind the scenes of this film knew that and were willing to take it to another level, showing they understand the strength and power of the original film.
The new Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment is a good one complete with a making of featurette that gives you some insight into the making of the movie. There’s also audio commentary with director Steven Monroe, a teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, radio spots and deleted scenes included.
The best thing I can say about “I Spit on Your Grave” 2010 is that in the climate of current remakes this one passes with flying colors. It really manages to take the nature of the film to another level, while trying to modernize the story and do something’s a bit different. It’ll never be the film that the original was, but that’s simply because it’s been done already. But with that being said this film is a solid effort and is certainly worth checking out for fans new and old of the original film.
Rating - ***
Blu-ray Rating - ***