A To Z – I Spit On Your Grave

Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
IMDb Summary: A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Cheese factor: Low
Gore factor: High-especially due to realistic nature
Creep factor: Medium
Could it happen? Yes
This a remake of a 1978 movie, which I thought I was getting. Until I saw the main character working on a computer. Whoops. The original must not have been in the video store, cause there was only one. (Yes, video store. I’m so high tech.)
Interesting movie. Not your typical horror again—the second realistic one in a row. It’s about a woman who is gang raped by a group of men, including a sheriff who she went to for help. (Yeah, totally saw that coming when he suggested going back to the house where the rape took place, so they could ‘work it out’ with the guys who raped her.)
So half is the setup and the rape.
The second half is after she escapes and then one by one knocks them off. And it’s not pretty. I was seriously cringing at what she did. I don’t usually cringe with horror/slasher movies, but with this one, it was all real. All a possibility. But the guys here were guilty of rape, unlike the innocent victim in The Girl Next Door.
So let’s see if you find this cringe worthy. (Warning—this may be a little graphic. And it’s a spoiler too.)
1. She uses fish hooks to pull back one guy’s eyelids. Spreads fish guts over his eyes and face. And then the crows come.
2. She positions a guy over a tub filled with lye. When he can no longer hold himself up, his face goes in the water.
3. She strings a guy up naked. Pulls out his teeth with pliers. Then grabs a pair of hedge trimmers. I’ll let you imagine the rest. This was the ringleader.
4. The last involves 2 guys, the sheriff and another. One is tied in a seat, and he’s unconscious. When he wakes, he accidentally pulls on a string hooked to the trigger of a shot gun. The sheriff is flat, spread eagle facing away from the shot gun. The shot runs through his body and head. You can probably guess where it hits him first.
Did you cringe? I’m (obviously) not a guy, and I still did.

10 Responses

  1. Did you know there’s an entire genre of movies (started in the 70’s) called the “Rape/Revenge” genre? This (the original), Last House on the Left (the original) and a bunch of others are categorized as such.

    I think their main point is to fulfill the horrific acts a lot of people wish on rapists in their minds.

  2. I’m so glad you didn’t choose It for I. Pennywise gives me the creeps!

    The set up to the film sounds really intriguing, but her revenge did sound cringe worthy, and I’m not usually squeamish when it comes to gore. Still might be worth a watch though.

  3. Not something I’d be likely to watch, though I didn’t cringe at the descriptions. I just thought: Well, how on earth did she manage to catch them all first?

    Honestly, if it happened to me (though my writing trips are usually in well-populated places) and I was able to catch and kill them all, I’d probably do about the same as she does here.

    Nah, never mind, too involved and time consuming. I’d just kill ’em.

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