dvd reviews

February 17th, 2011 |
By Jared Curtis


‘I Spit on Your Grave’

Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Unrated, 107 minutes

Director Steven Monroe fought with the ratings board over his remake of one of the most stomach-turning films ever. Monroe stuck to his guns and released the film unrated, creating an extremely brutal film that focuses more on the girl’s revenge than the attack she receives at the hands of a bunch of hicks. Jennifer (Sarah Butler) is a writer heading to a country cabin to start her next book, but she is savagely beaten and sexually assaulted by locals including a crooked sheriff. After falling off a bridge, the criminals think she’s dead. Soon clues start appearing, and we learn Jennifer is alive. One by one she tortures each of her attackers, causing them pain and suffering beyond belief. Although it’s a remake, “I Spit on Your Grave” captures the original vibe with some of the most horrific retribution scenes ever. If you can stomach it, watch this film. CV


‘The Last House on the Left’

Directed by Wes Craven

1972, Unrated, 84 minutes

Keeping the tone bleak this week, “The Last House on the Left” would be the perfect double feature with “I Spit on Your Grave.” This isn’t the polished 2009 remake but rather Wes Craven’s 1972 debut film. Mari and Phyllis head to town for a concert but are kidnapped by four homicidal maniacs — Krug, Junior, Sadie and Weasel. While fleeing, their car breaks down nearby Mari’s house. After the girls are badly beaten, raped and murdered, the four go to the house. When Mari’s mother sees Junior wearing her daughter’s necklace, he spills the truth. After Mari’s parents find her, she tells them what happened with her dying breath. Her parents set out on a graphically violent revenge plot, torturing and killing their daughter’s attackers. “The Last House on the Left” is worth watching, as it was the innovator of the torture-porn genre, long before countless imitators flooded theaters. CV