Monday, 7 September 2009

I Spit On Your Grave

I like a good relic from the 70's but good name aside the thing about this film is that it's just plain bad, not entertaining bad but plain bad. Obviously the first half is pretty unwatchable for a number of reasons but the second half where the main character goes on a vengeance killing spree film should redeem the film somewhat, but it's somehow as awful as the first half.

One point worth making though, I get the feeling 20 years from now the next generation of film-goers will look back on our current period of cinema and probably wonder what the fuck the deal was with all the sequels, remakes and reboots of classic films and franchises. 20 years on from I Spit On Grave I'm wondering what the deal was with all the really nasty and violent films all made in a relatively short amount of time. When you think about it, it was a quite a dark time for cinema, nowadays shit like I Spit On Your Grave would be completely ignored, yet back in the day these films were fairly mainstream. Was the world really that disenchanted with itself?

edit- 30 Years duh, I had a modern maths education so who can blame me, keeping it the same for posterity.


tutorphil said...

Yes - a very nasty little movie; there's something about the cheapness to some of these 'video nasties' that lends the violence therein a most discomforting edge; I was involved a photography project once, where people were filmed while watching various films, and then portraits derived from a series of consecutive frames; I Spit On Your Grave was shown to a group of fey, bohemian young lady students; the resulting portrait of the 3 of them - taken at the point where the woman comes back to the house to find the rapists have followed her there - the specific moment coming when the telephone is kicked out of the frame - was absolutely wonderful - a genuine look of absolute shock. We also filmed a group of lads watching porn together... it was all very high-brow! For another infamous 'revenge of the woman' movie, check out Abel Ferrera's 1981 'Ms 45'

Oh - and another relic - Cannibal Ferox - nasty!

You should do a bit of reading up on the video nasty panic of 1984 - a snap shot of Thatcher's Britain; interesting times.