I never expected to find the original, with all the cult status it has, just never came across it in all the multipacks I have and figured the only way I would see it is a clipped version on one of the secondary channels. Not even a week after posting I Spit on Your Grave 3, I find the original, with commentary track from Joe Bob Briggs no less. So I hate to come into a movie backwards, but here goes with the Original: I Spit on Your Grave.
Jennifer Hills goes into rural Connecticut, back when that was a thing, to become a writer, and soon comes across Connecticut Rednecks. She has her groceries delivered by the local simpleton Matthew, and he gets all goofy looking at her, and goes back to talk about how hot she is to his group at the gas station, ran by Johnny, who is a bit abusive to Matthew and the other two guys that hang out there. Matthew tries to impress the men by saying he saw Jennifer’s breasts and they decide to help him lose his virginity, as all city girls are easy.
Now we get a LONG Abduction/Rape scene. This is a LONG time coming, and I can see why it made so many people uncomfortable. I keep trying to ignore the remake in watching this, but I just keep comparing the two setups. This one is far more brutal and while it’s hard to compare rape scenes, there is more of an eye to her pain here.
So how is the Original I Spit on Your Grave?
The rape is awful. Understatement I know, but it just goes on too long and is over a third of the movie. This just really pulls everything out of the film and there is a deep hole to dig out of to get back on track and I really don’t think it succeeds in getting above ground. Jennifer turns the table and goes back into getting revenge, and some of it is a bit difficult to see how she pulls it off.
I can see why this movie gets the hate it does.
I can see why this movie gets the love it does.
To be honest, I think I would give this one a higher grade had the remake not been better. I’ll admit it, I like the remake so much better, and the time taken from the rape is given to the sheriff section, that is a better use of time, to me at least. I don’t think this is a bad movie, and it does have some great imagery, but simply doesn’t get over the extended rape scene in my mind. I’ll give it a 5, I don’t think it’s a bad movie, and I don’t think it’s a great movie. I can see why it should be watched, but I also think you could skip 15-18 minutes of the rape scene and you don’t miss much, maybe it’s me, but I just think it’s beaten into the ground.
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