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Screenshot Saturday: Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

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.

I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

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



4 thoughts on “Screenshot Saturday: Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

  1. “I Spit on Your Grave” is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, and I’m not even slamming it on moral grounds. Objectively speaking, this movie is inept, idiotic, and uniformly terrible. Roger Ebert was quite correct in his assessment that it has no artistic merit whatsoever. The lack of soundtrack isn’t there to enhance the eerie atmosphere of the movie; it doens’t have a soundtrack because it has no budget. This is a movie that doesn’t even deserve to be remembered, let alone be remade, or engender controversy. I can’t believe there is a following of cretins who defend it. It’s depressing how people are calling this a feminist film while dismissing “The Passion of the Christ” as a ‘snuff film’. The rapists are each more developed than the heroine, who cannot even rightly be called a character. Were are the women who defend this movie? They don’t number as much as the men, I’m certain.

    Posted by Tyrannosaurus | August 13, 2011, 2:45 am
    • Thanks for the comment. Speaking as a (female) art historian, and on personal grounds, the simple fact that the film is remembered, talked about and debated (as here) proves its worth as a polarizing and fascinating cultural object. There’s a great essay by Carol J. Clover in her book Men, Women and Chain-Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (titled “Getting Even”) who writes elegantly of her appreciation, however begrudgingly, of I Spit On Your Grave’s “brutal simplicity [which] exposes a mainspring of popular culture.”
      — Britta

      Posted by VideoWordMadeFlesh | August 13, 2011, 8:55 am
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