• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

I Spit On Your Grave

TITLE: I Spit On Your Grave

YEAR: 1978

GENRE: Horror

AKA: Day Of The Woman

 Occasionally a film is released that stretches the boundaries of the perceptions of what should and should not be presented in a movie format. One of those films that destroyed the proverbial line when released was the low budget drive-in film I Spit On Your Grave, which took almost three years to find a national distributor due to its intense and extremely graphic portrayals of rape and murder. This is one of the most controversial films of all time, as there are just as many people who would want to see this film banned and all the prints destroyed as there are fans who cherish the film as a piece of dark cinematic art. What side of the fence the reader stands on is not that important, as I Spit On Your Grave is a sadistic piece of cinematic art that stands as one of the most graphic female revenge films of all time.

Writer Jennifer Hills (played by Camille Keaton) escapes to the countryside and rents a cabin to write her first novel. She attracts the attention of gas station attendant Jonny (Eron Tabor), mentally challenged local yokel Matthew (Richard Pace), and unemployed hillbillies Stanley (Anthony Nichols) and Andy (Gunter Kleeman) who decide that she is the perfect sitting duck. The foursome gang rape Jennifer, destroy her writing work, beat her to a bloody pulp and leave her for dead, but she survives the attack. While recovering she goes to a local church to ask for forgiveness for what she is about to do, and afterwards lures the rapists one by one to her own brand of bloody, violent revenge.

This is a very difficult film for many to watch, so those with any kind of soft spot should not watch I Spit On Your Grave, but for those who can turn the morality button in their brain off will find this film to be a brutal and dark project. The first third of the film is basically a gang rape scene and is as graphic as one would see in any movie, and the scene reeks with violence against women. After the rape Jonny gives a goofy speech on how women deserve violent treatment because their looks “force” him to do so, and at that point the viewer wants nothing for the foursome than a painful, violent end, and I Spit On Your Grave delivers in a sickening and violent menagerie of bloodshed and mayhem. All four murders are cringe-worthy especially when one is castrated in a bathtub and another is shredded with an outboard motor from a boat. The cinematography is a bit grainy yet helps the film in this case as it adds an authenticity to the project and a stark realism that makes I Spit On Your Grave the sick and twisted piece of exploitation that it is.

I Spit On Your Grave still to this day is considered extremely controversial, as it was placed on Time magazine’s list of the ten most ridiculously violent movies of all time while at the same time listed in several feminist studies as an important piece of pro-women film making. The film is still censored in many countries including Ireland and Norway where the film is outright banned to this day. This film is definitely not for the majority of readers, but I Spit On Your Grave is a dark and twisted female revenge film that will have the gothic girls cheering on the graphic revenge while their boyfriends cringe in the corner protecting their male assets. I Spit On Your Grave is only for the most twisted readers of this blog.

* * * 1/2

–Mark

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