This week on the B movie docket is I Spit On Your Grave
Hello good people. And welcome to 50 B Movies: The Sequel. It’s bigger, better, and badder. The original 50 b Movies covered a wide range of B Movies. There was everything from Thankskilling 3 to The Void. Some films were funny. Some were unintentionally funny. And some were mainstream with far-out concepts like zombie tigers. All in all, it was a hell of a list.
Why make a sequel? Because narrowing down a list of 50 B Movies To See Before You Die was arduous. With so many movies to watch, one can never really know if the movie is good. Sure sometimes 5 minutes in, you know it is a real stinker. Other times it might take a half an hour before one realizes they will never get that half hour back to their life. Poof. Gone. But all in all there are many great B Movies that didn’t make the original list.
So welcome back if you are a LRM reader and welcome if it’s your first time here. Be forewarned we will be treading deep into the bush to pull these B Movies. We aren’t rehashing anyone’s previous 50 or 100 or 1000 B Movies list. Nope. So, prepare yourself for 50 B Movies To See Before You Die: The Sequel. Bigger. Better. Badder. Oooh yeah.
WEEK 5 – I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
I Spit On Your Grave is a tour de force of B movie nostalgia. It punches you in the gut like its name was Apollo Creed. You will be revolted and dismayed by the senseless male chauvinists. You will be unnerved. And then the leading lady exacts erotic painful revenge upon them and that is oh so satisfactory.
There are a lot of horror movies. I Spit On Your Grave is one of them. As scary as things that go bump in the night can be, reality is far more unnerving. For instance, after watching something like The Hills Have Eyes, a filmgoer may feel elated and entertained. But there’s no real fear that they’ll be attached by mutated hillbillies in the movie theater parking lot, or on the way to use the bathroom.
After a young writer (Camille Keaton) is brutally raped and left for dead by four men, she systematically hunts them down one by one to exact a terrible vengeance.
The Low Down
What I Spit On Your Grave presents is mortifying. Jennifer is a young hopeful author on vacation at a cottage on the lake. She is full of life and optimistic. She is portrayed with a heartfelt naivety by Camille Keaton. One day she decides to go to a nearby dinner. It’s there the local group of bozo’s take a sickening attraction towards her. Thus planting the seeds for the revenge fueled plot to grow.
But it is a journey and a d%%% ordeal to sit there and watch as Jennifer obliviously moves carefree through the town. She is very much like a tuna half dead and unable to see the sharks circling beneath her. And it’s when those local backwater hillbilly sharks strike that you begin to understand what an uncomfortable watch is exactly.
The Victim’s Shoes
Jennifer is oblivious to the level of threat these locals pose to her. The viewer must watch as she prepares her book and does all manner of things that a hopeful fish out of water might do. It’s pretty clear early on that Jennifer is out of her depth in these parts. Then just like that it happens. The local gang makes their move. It’s at this point in which the viewer is forced to watch what I found to be the most uncomfortable scene I have ever sat through. I am not kidding when I say that the brutalization Jennifer goes through lasts for at least a half an hour.
Half Hour of Torture
The runtime of I Spit On Your Grave is 102 minutes. So the movie is split into sections. There’s Jennifer’s arrival in town. Then there is Jennifer’s brutalization. And finally and most importantly Jennifer’s revenge. And do you know what’s more unnerving than being in Jennifer’s shoes as she is brutalized? The moment the tables are turned on the local goons, and we are forced to sit through their prolonged torture at the hands of Jennifer.
Despite the numerous moments that make you wince, and say “oh my gosh”, and “girl, get the f out of there”, I don’t think anything tops the moment Jennifer steps into the bathtub of one of her attackers. Typing it makes me queasy. Watch I Spit On Your Grave. Because there may not be a streaming service in the afterlife.
Because it is a very suspenseful revenge flick. It’s storytelling is brisk, haunting, and feels like having a knife twisted around your chest. Good times.
Watch it where?
I Spit On Your Grave is currently available to watch on Tubi TV.
How To Enjoy It
This one is a straight up exploitation classic that needs to be watched. No prerequisite applies.