I saw the original I Spit on Your Grave (1978), also known as Day of the Woman, back in the 80’s behind a staircase without my family knowing. I was around 7 years-old. It is one of the those films that just left me with my mouth wide open scene after scene. The brutal rape images traumatized me, until this day I could never ever forget that Male Genital Mutilation scene.
Since then the film has become a cult classic.
Synopsis: An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
A few years ago I was able to meet lead actress Camille Keaton (Jennifer Hills) at a New Jersey convention. I’ll tell you that she was one of the sweetest and kindest person I’ve ever meet.
I Spit on Your Grave was remade in 2010 by Steven R. Monroe and starred Sarah Butler. The film spawned two more films, I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) starring Jemma Dallender and I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance Is Mine (2015) with Sarah Butler reprising her role of Jennifer Hills.
‘I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu‘ reunites Camille Keaton with the original director of I Spit on Your Grave, Meir Zarchi. The movie was finished in 2015 but put aside until a 2019 release. It is intended to be a direct sequel to the original. In this new film Jennifer Hills and her daughter, played by scream queen Jamie Bernadette are kidnapped by the families of Hills victims that she murdered in the original. Recently actress Jamie Bernadette had to say,
“Playing the daughter of Jennifer Hills was an incredible honor having been a fan of the original film long before my first audition for the sequel. The role proved to be one of the most trying of my career but simultaneously, one of the most rewarding. I am grateful and humbled to be part of the I Spit on Your Grave legacy.”
Judging from the trailer the movie looks very campy and seems to be a wild ride in revenge.
I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu will be available Blu-ray on April 23rd.