Box art for I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

horror, thrillers


In this 1978 cult classic, I Spit On Your Grave tells the tale of a magazine writer from New York City who retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. There she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    41%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This is one exploitation horror movie that lives up to its classic title.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Still an effective and shocking bit of revenge cinema...

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Here's a film that I've been wanting to see for years. I had heard about how graphic it was, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Too much build-up I suppose, or maybe just high expectations. I Spit on Your Grave would make a good double feature along with Deliverance. There's rape and nudity abound in this movie, so if you can't handle things of that nature, I'd suggest passing this one up. This poor lady is raped and beaten seven ways from Sunday and then returns to exact revenge against her assailants (whom amazingly left her alive). My favorite bit is the guy getting a handjob in the bathroom and when he has an orgasm she cuts his penis off... and he doesn't even notice. That must have been one hell of an orgasm. I don't care who you are. If you're in the middle of coming and somebody cuts your manhood off, you're going to notice, and it's going to hurt. She then proceeds to lock him in the bathroom and wait for him to bleed to death. The best death by far, if not incredibly unrealistic. As you can tell, this isn't a terrific film by any means, but it's a bit of a curiosity that most people with a stomach for this sort of thing might want to seek out. The film was remade a couple of years and from what I understand, much of the nudity and violence was cut back. I wonder how much intensity it adds to the scenes. Hmm, maybe we'll see one day.

- FilmFanatik, Thursday, February 23, 2012

3 stars

Boring. Not bad, just overrated. It wasn't nearly as violent as I thought it would be. I've seen other, more disturbing, more explicit movies than this from the 70s. This movie felt dry. The actors were average, and the story was too. Overall, it's just okay.

- ajv2688, Saturday, October 8, 2011

3 stars

This classic one is the most notorious pictures ever made during the seventies. I watched this on DVD while it allowed to release in my home country during banned for 17 years by the Australian Classification Board in 1987. It's true! This story is familiar to The Last House on the Left and proved by the likes of Irreversible, films tackling rape in a shocking and disgusting way are more readily accepted, and even gain a strong reaction from many critics. It's one of the exploitation films. There's a genuine film under all the gore and fact that our protagonist spends nearly 80% of the film completely naked. However writer Jennifer Hills' (Camille Keaton) emotions are as exposed as her body, her transformation from normality, to victim, through recovery and finally as executioner.

- deano, Sunday, March 20, 2011