FrightFest 2010 I Spit On Your Grave 2010 Remake Movie Review

FrightFest 2010 I Spit On Your Grave 2010 Remake Movie Review

I haven’t seen the original I Spit On Your Grave, so I’m writing this review with one hand tied behind my back, or, if you like, untainted by the baggage of acclaim the original holds in the horror community.

If you’re not familiar with the plot of I Spit On Your Grave, it can be summarised thusly:

A woman is brutally attacked and assaulted by a gang of rednecks and left for dead. She survives, however, and returns to dish out a brutal and horrific attack against each of her assailants.

Trouble is, there isn’t much more to I Spit On Your Grave 2010 than that.

There isn’t a deeper exploration of what drives males to violence against women or what factors make these kinds of attitudes propitious in today’s world.

That last comment may sound up itself, but there are some very harrowing scenes in the first hour of the film, and I didn’t feel as if these had been set-up with any kind of real motivation.

The attack against the woman is brought about by rednecks being your stereotypical horror rednecks and nothing more.

The second half of the flick then becomes about how the victim, seemingly thought dead by her attackers, begins to exact her revenge.

The scenes in which she gets her own back drew whoops and cheers from the audience. The first half of the film is harrowing and the second part acts as a release where the villains get what’s coming to them. The methods she uses to get her own back are original, drawing as many laughs from the audience as it did equal amounts of ewwwwwwws. I won’t spoil them for you, suffice to say one scene involves a fish hook.

I Spit On Your Grave 2010 follows in the footsteps of other remakes, most notably the updated version of The Last House on the Left.

While the original versions of these films have the ability to upset, their power lay in their ability to shock and disturb; to present viewers with a case that their view of how safe the world was was wrong.

The remakes, while retaining their ability to upset, do not have the ability to shock.  Violence is commonplace and acts of extreme aggression are reported daily in newspapers.

We know the world isn’t a safe place, so why keep reheating films whose original power lay in relaying that message to a different world, at a different time?

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