Remake Rumble: I Spit On Your Grave (1978) vs I Spit On Your Grave (2010)


The 411: A comely female writer heads to the seclusion of a country cabin to finish a novel and ends up being brutally gang-raped by a band of locals. After the attack she proceeds to get her revenge on her attackers, taking them out one-by-one.

Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) vs Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler)

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Camille Keaton was married to Meir Zarchi, the director of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, and I am not saying that is the only reason she was cast as the lead of this film but based on the quality of her performance the fact she was sleeping with the director went a long way toward her landing this gig. Keaton’s dazed and sleepy performance would not even be acceptable as the lead of an adult film. She may have been good enough to win the Best Actress award at the AVN Awards but ultimately her acting was exactly what you get in between sex scenes in actual pornographic films. And most people just fast-forward through those parts.
That is not to say that Sarah Butler was much better in the remake. What Butler did nail pretty well was the shell-shocked detached behavior of a woman who has been put through the ringer. The problem with that is she was acting that way long before her character was attacked. She pretty much stayed at the same emotional throughout the entire movie so that her emoting was the same when she was just checking out her new cabin as when she was committing vicious acts of revenge.
Advantage: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE ’10 (but not by much)

7 thoughts on “Remake Rumble: I Spit On Your Grave (1978) vs I Spit On Your Grave (2010)”

  1. That’s what I thought. Last month I forced myself to watch the 2010 version just to be able to say “I have seen it, and I don’t like it”, I don’t really do rape-revenge movies if the rape is dragged to the most extend, which is why I have never finished The Last House on The Left (Let me know if I have missed anything). I have fast forwarded through I Spit On Your Grave, and honestly the rape scene was so long I was numb by the time the revenge moment kicked in. Not sure what people see in those movies. Many people said that the fact that the rape is so long and detailed raises the viewers anger and rage, and therefore makes the revenge moment more enjoyable, but I honestly don’t get it.

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    1. I was trying to decide which rape was more overlong and gratuitous between the original and the remake but before I came to the decision I watched I SPIT N YOUR GRAVE 2 and the extended rape scenes were so ridiculously drawn out that they made the 1976 and 2010 movies looks restrained by comparison.

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      1. Wow, really? And yet, the second part got rated R, while the remake from 2010 was NC-17. Congratulation MPAA, you did it again, LoL. But they were also talking about a revenge that has never been there before? Is the revenge really that extreme in part 2? I heard there is poop involved.

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