One of the more recent remakes to come along that actually came close (close, mind you) to the original was 2010’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. While it lacked a certain visceral quality the original possessed, it still held up as one of those video nasties that was, after viewing, nearly impossible to stop thinking about. Steven R. Monroe’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 will have a L.A. theatrical engagement today, Friday, September 20, 2013 and will be available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand next week on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The sequel stars Jemma Dallender (“Community”), Joe Absolom (Long Time Dead), Aleksandar Aleksiev (Jack Ryan), Mary Stockley, Michael Dixon, Valentine Pelka, Yavor Baharov, Peter Silverleaf and Georgi Zlatarev.
Naturally beautiful, Jessica (Dallender) has just settled into New York where she, like many other young women, is trying to make it as a model. But what starts out as an innocent and simple photo shoot soon turns into something disturbingly unthinkable! Raped, tortured and kidnapped to a foreign country, Jessica is buried alive and left to die. Against all odds, she manages to escape. Severely injured, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive, but to exact her revenge…
Over the holiday season (Dec. 20th to be more precise), Anchor Bay Films put out a press release for a grisly rape revenge film titled GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, and it sounds very intriguing. From the description, I’m reminded somewhat of films such as I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and SAVAGE STREETS, but with something entirely new brought to the mix, as you’ll see below.
Two films where the ladies, after being brutalized, go on a violent rampage of death and carnage. THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE (aka THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE-EYE) and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (yes, the original).
THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE (aka THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE-EYE)
So this is the first time I’m hearing about a REMAKE of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the exceedingly visceral rape/revenge thriller directed by Meir Zarchi in 1978. Also known as DAY OF THE WOMAN, the film follows a woman who has come to the country to work on her novel in peace and quiet, only to be violently assaulted and raped by a group of local yokels. After healing a bit, she launches into a campaign of vicious revenge against her attackers (including cutting off one guy’s dong!).
As hard as the original film is for me to watch (because of the rape/assault part that seems to last FOREVER), I’m certain that I’ll be having a more difficult time trying to watch the remake (because, obviously, it’s going to suck). This version is directed by Steven R. Monroe and stars Sarah Butler, Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg, Rodney Eastman and Andrew Howard. I’m guessing the financing came through after the somewhat successful LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake happened as I really can’t see how a remake of a film such as I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE could get produced. Of course we all know that this flick is going to FAIL. The original was made at a specific time, when exploitation flicks were synonymous with independent filmmaking.
On top of that, Anchor Bay has agreed to put the remake out this fall in a targeted (read: limited) theatrical release!? To be followed by DVD release early 2011. Really Anchor Bay? Really? I remember the days when I worshiped at the DVD alter of Anchor Bay, in the early days of DVD releases when they were putting out all the great horror classics. Now I have THIS. Ah well, it’s business, but a remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE will not only suck balls, but it’s really something more apt for a Brain Damage release.