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Parents' Guide to

I Spit on Your Grave

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Controversial cult horror has strong sexual violence.

Movie R 1978 101 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Not you everyday typical horror movie. But there is a twist back onto it.

There is a reason I am giving it 5 stars. I haven't watched the original, only the remake. The 1 thing good about the film is that Jennifer gets her revenge on the men who sexually assault her. The prolonged sexual scene is extremely hard to watch. But the violence is over the top violent. Think of Home Alone traps but deadly and violent. Jennifer is very creative for killing the men. This film has been banned in the past due to the "R" scene and violence throughout the film. So do not watch if you get easily upset over mature horror movies.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+



This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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One of the most controversial "video nasties" out there, this 1978 horror's reputation very much precedes it. Banned in countries around the world at the time of its release, and still banned in some places, I Spit on Your Grave is famous for its brutal scenes of gang rape and its revenge storyline. Visually very dated, and lacking in high production values from the start, the film still relies heavily on its explicit nature and shock value. It continues to polarize audiences today. Some maintain that it is sick, nasty, and exploitative, its violence gratuitous and unnecessary. Others have studied the way the rape scenes are filmed and argue they are often from Jennifer's point of view and are therefore purposely portraying the horrors of the experience away from the male gaze.

Then there's the revenge aspect, in which Jennifer is considered to be empowered and somehow victorious in exacting physical violence on her attackers. This might make more sense were the runtime a little more balanced in her favor. Her ordeal takes up the majority of the film, with some of her male attackers "getting their comeuppance" in just a few short minutes. Remakes since have similarly failed to take a clear stance on some of these controversies and such is the impact of the film that it will likely remain a talking point for years to come. For those who are intrigued, go in prepared for a troubling experience guaranteed to make an impact -- whatever that may be for you.

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