Hollywood Remake: I Spit on Your Grave

1978’s “I Spit on Your Grave” was one of those movies that I saw a long time ago (when I shouldn’t have, if you know what I mean, but of course the movie was extremely controversial, and I was never one to stay away from a controversial movie, especially when people kept telling me not to see it), and it made quite the impression. Mind you, I’m not saying it was actually a good movie or anything, and in fact it looked kind of poorly made, even to my then-novice eyes, everything from the acting to the production. Still, the storyline was incredibly adult (the bathtub scene — damn) and of course, it was the first time I had ever seen such storylines in a movie. I bring all that up to tell you that CineTel Film has acquired remake rights to the film.

Variety has more on the impending remake and the original:

The remake rights were owned by Meir Zarchi, who directed, produced and wrote the original. Though the majority of CineTel’s releases are straight-to-DVD titles, the company will make “Spit” for a theatrical release.

In the original, a woman is abducted, brutally attacked and raped and then left for dead. She survives, hunts her attackers and dispatches them in graphic ways. Critics, especially Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, hated the film, much to Zarchi’s delight.

“The more the film was attacked, the more money shot into my pocket,” Zarchi said. “The two persons who contributed most to that, especially in the beginning, were Siskel and Ebert. … I wouldn’t change a frame of it, and I hope the remake is just as controversial.”

And here I thought Meir Zarchi was just trying to further the cause of women in American society when he made “I Spit on your Grave” 30 years ago. I’m so disillusioned right now.

The original starred Camille Keaton, who didn’t exactly have a stellar movie career after the film. She did movies sporadically over the years, and in 1993 did “I Spit on Your Grave 2: Savage Vengeance”, a pseudo-sequel to the movie that made her famous (or is that infamous?). It was about, of course, women being raped by men, and then seeking revenge.

I Spit on your Grave

Trailer for the original (restricted):