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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Revenge. It’s probably the easiest of all emotions to understand. Someone does something to you, you do something back. Pure. Basic. In some circles it is also referred to as “a bitch”.

It’s something that you are supposed to leave in God’s hands. However, as Archer Maggot (Telly Savalas) points out in “The Dirty Dozen”, God doesn’t really say HOW he’s going to orchestrate His divine vengeance and that he (Maggot) only does what he is called to do. That’s really the philosophy you should understand if you are going to watch this movie.

Writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) rents an out of the way cabin in which she can work, in relative solitude, on her next book. The problem is that she has been targeted by a group of ne’er-do-wells who decide to use her for some sadistic fun (which I’m not going to go into here).

The long and short of it that they fail to kill her and so she dishes out some brutal-ass payback on these slugs. Jennifer really tailors her revenge well in proportion to what each of these pigs said and did to her. You will probably dig seeing this tribe of in-breds getting EXACTLY what they deserve. Oh, and the things Jennifer does with fishing hooks and casting line is something to behold.

Special mention should be made here of Andrew Howard’s performance as the Sheriff here. He continues the long tradition (at least in movies such as this) of giving backwoods lawmen bad names. The only thing missing was tobacco chaw. To hear him talking in an interview on the extra features, I was surprised to learn that he is has a very cultured Australian or English accent.

I understand that the original I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) was first titled DAY OF THE WOMAN. It was a good move to re-title it because DAY OF THE WOMAN sounded like some excrutiating Liv Ullman snorefest; it would have kept men away from the theater in droves. But by calling it I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, you’ve definitely got something.

I don’t remember where, but I once saw a short parody of this movie which was called I FART ON YOUR TOMBSTONE.

This movie will be hard to take for some people, so be forewarned. It’s not a “good time” at the movies, per se, but is well worth seeing regardless.

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