The impressively resilient rape/revenge sub-genre of horror always proves impressively good or horribly bad. A surprisingly long-lived genre, with directors as established as Ingmar Bergman contributing, its paramount film is nonetheless 1978’s I Spit on Your Grave, which sets the bar high for the rest of the sub-genre. With a full half the film portraying an extended and explicit rape of our protagonist, and the other half detailing her murderous revenge on her attackers, I Spit on Your Grave fails to disappoint the audience’s lust for blood. With numerous scenes worthy of a Screenshot Saturday, it seems most appropriate to post its spectacular apex, the bathtub scene, where our heroine graciously deprives her attacker of his misused tool.
Infamous not only for the castration, but also for the prolonged rape and vigilante justice, I Spit on Your Grave is hailed as one of the most polarizing and controversial films of the 70s.
By Guy Stridsigne 7/30/2011