By Jack Rico
How does one recommend a torture film to women? What does one say? “Dear, you’ll love that scene where five men rape a woman silly?” Obviously not, but as a critic, one hopes that the female in question is one whose tastes in macabre films entertain her. For those who are sensitive to bloody images, this review is irrelevant to you.
The remake of ‘I Spit On Your Grave: Unrated‘ based on the 1978 film of the same name, is not a horror film, but rather a revenge thriller which is violent and ruthless. The plot centers on a writer (Sarah Butler) who is brutally raped by five men (Chad Lindberg, Daniel Franzese, Jeff Branson, Rodney Eastman, Andrew Howard) during her retreat in the woods. She was ultimately left for dead. But when our victim flings her self into a river to escape and her attackers are unable to find her body, paranoia officially sets in.
This genre of films, historically, have always been very predictable. It follows a three-act structure:
– Act I: A woman is raped, tortured, and left for dead.
– Act II: The woman survives and recovers.
– Act III: A woman takes revenge and kills all aggressors.
‘I Spit On Your Grave: Unrated’ follows this pattern to the tee.
The main attraction in this film and for most people is how violent and grotesque the revenge scenes will be in the third act. I won’t lie, I squirmed at least three times in my chair, but even so, I’ve seen more vicious and disturbing films than this. In today’s world, audiences demand a high level of violence to amuse them, if the film can’t deliver, the box office revenues show the disapproval. ‘Spit’ brings it, but not as graphic or excessive as perhaps the Saw films.
I don’t know if women are going to see this movie or not, but it’s worth advising against it due to the disturbing nature of the rape sequences. I won’t blame many if they just walk up and leave.
Should anyone go see this film? My recommendation is that if you like these types of films and are looking to be shaken around by some gritty visuals, ‘I Spit On Your Grave: Unrated’, gets the job done. For my money, though, I much prefer ‘The Last House on the Left’ and ‘The Human Centipede’ (both on DVD) which feels like you’ve committed sin.
Release Date: October 10, 2010
Screenplay: Stuart Morse
Director(s): Steven R. Monroe
Starring: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films
Film Genre: Horror