Normally, I’m not an ‘I Spit on Your Remake’ kind of girl, because I love them. It gives us a chance to see a movie re-imagined. It’s not like it ruins the first one, it just creates the same film from a different perspective. But every one in a while, someone will take on a classic movie, like Last House on the Left, and do something horrible with it. Like turn it into a social commentary on suburbanites or something. I Spit on Your Grave was a big hit with female grindhouse fans because they got a rare glimpse at real womanly revenge; not just some Charles Starkweather date-reject, shooting up a bunch of criminals.
You can check out the official movie site for some goodies, and for a few more details about the film. The synopsis hasn’t really changed from the original film:
“…Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away. As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse.”
You can watch the trailer on YouTube, but the fact is, the original was somehow more gritty, and realistic, because there wasn’t the same hyperactive camera use, and overzealous film manipulation. But I don’t want to pass judgment on it just yet. When it comes out, then we can rain down our opinions.