Movies

Quick “review”: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)


Synopsis: Woman retreats alone to isolated Connecticut college. Woman gets terrorized and raped by four locals. Woman goes to church. Woman lures them back for the kill.

Controversy: Banned in several countries, including a spot on the U.K.’s “video nasties” list, I Spit on Your Grave remains notorious for drawing the ire of Roger Ebert, who gave it zero stars and considered it the worst film ever made. Among the countries to have banned the film were Iceland, Ireland, Germany and Norway; some countries showed a shortened version of it over the years, usually trimming what is indeed a prolonged gang rape sequence. Various activist groups still consider this one of the most anti-women films ever made, despite the fact that its director, Meir Zarchi, originally wanted to call it Day of the Woman.

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