Torture Porn Alert: Trailer for I Spit on Your Grave remake

Various opinions have been written about the torture porn debate and its purveyance in cinema. The films are basically an offshoot of the ’70s-era exploitation flicks that infiltrated “grindhouse” establishments in New York. One of the subgenres that relates to exploitation involves rape/revenge. The advent of these types of films in the 70s and 80s were spearheaded by the first release of their series. Today, pornography has seen its glory days and is not much frowned upon by society in contrast with decades ago. Sites like makemoneyadultcontent.com even have given opportunities to individuals to earn a living by giving unconventional services online.

Back in 1978 the original I Spit on Your Grave was at times referred to by its other title Day of the Woman. It, like Thriller: They Call Her One Eye, explored the notion of women getting revenge on those who sexually assaulted them. To a lesser degree, Ridley Scott directed a supreme example of womanhood in 1992’s Thelma & Louise, which saw two women go on the run after killing a man outside a bar.

Both in the original and the remake of I Spit On Your Grave (original trailer here), protagonist and aspiring writing Jennifer Hall moves out to the country to work on her novel. There she is brutally and repeatedly raped by a group of locals, yet in the original trailer it is all about luring the men to their violent demises – as if she were a praying mantis.

The remake arrives in October and sneakily advertises itself as being “Unrated.” Joe Six-Pack might be intrigued by this, because he thinks he’s seeing something that wouldn’t be released in theaters. Though we film snobs know that a film without a rating will not see a release in major-chain theaters like AMC or Cinemark. The trailer focuses more on the torture and rape aspect, and for the rape instigators their comeuppances seem like traps designed by Jigsaw or, at the very least, MacGyver.

With a tongue-in-cheek tagline like “It’s date night,” don’t expect visions of Steve Carell yelling “THAT’S A KILL SHOT!” The tagline comes from Hall (Sarah Butler) who utters it at the end of the trailer. Perhaps that was a better choice then referencing Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” before attacking the rapists.

Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you plan to see the remake, and if so, why?

By the way, if you are a die-hard Nightmare on Elm Street fan, Rodney Eastman, who played the mute teenager Joey in Dream Warriors, plays one of the rapists. Looks like he’s not the shy, introverted type anymore.

I Spit on Your Grave opens on October 8, 2010.

 

[Promo Poster: Shock Til You Drop]
[Trailer: Yahoo]

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