According to ShockTillYouDrop, somebody in Hollywood is making a remake of another horror movie. Weird, huh?!
This time, it’s Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave. Which, okay, isn’t technically a horror flick, it’s a revenge flick, but for some reason the two always get grouped together. What’s up with that anyway?
In case you didn’t know…
The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She hires a riverside apartment in upstate New York to finish her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jenifer one day and strip her naked for the village idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer slowly recovers and in her now-twisted, psychotic mind, she then begins to seek revenge on the four men who raped her.
Basically, it’s a movie about rape, novel-destroying, and revenge that involved wiener-cutting. And it’s kind of awesome. I honestly can’t imagine why anyone would want to remake the movie. Part of its charm (though I’m not sure that the word “charm” can be applied to a movie with an extended rape sequence) is its low-budget, very 70s, very exploitation-type feel to it. To see it cleaned up using “today’s latest technology!” would kind of ruin the effect of the film.
Also — and I have the data to back this up — nine out of ten dentists agree that rape is bad and people don’t like watching it on film. So while STYD’s article states that a theatrical release is being considered for the remake, I can’t imagine it getting a wide, mainstream release unless things are significantly altered from the original.
So do yourself a favor and go pick up Elite Entertainment’s great Millennium Edition DVD of the film and see what all the fuss is about. And if you need further prodding, here’s bgutta, live from the ShockTillYouDrop.com comments section:
the first film was okay and a remake well….. WHY IN THE HELL IS HOOLYWOOD REMAKEING OLD **** i think people need to come up with new **** i dont think anyone saw the first one but me the three other people that saw it with me and the people who made it need i say more, i think not but if you have nothing else to do watch the original and make your own jugdement its not all that great and its not all that and a bag of chips.
How can you argue with that, really?
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UPDATE: My very favorite film news site, CHUD.com and they’re freshly re-animated Creature Corner reported this same thing earlier this afternoon. What I’d like to point out is that they also called their post “I Spit On Your Remake.” Now, I’d never think that CHUD was plagiarizing my oh-so-clever title since this blog has a readership of roughly 3.5 and I doubt that Russ Fischer is one of those. And, of course, I published my article late last night, so I didn’t copy from them either. What this means is that we’re both suffering from very uncreative post titles. I’m going to go Google “I Spit On Your Remake” and see how many hits I get regarding this same subject.
Yep, a lot.