I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu is unlike any horror film we have seen in a long time – being the direct sequel to the 1978 movie I Spit on Your Grave, we see revenge being taken in the opposite direction. Although there has been one remake and a sequel of the original film, Zarchi states that Deja Vu is the only true direct sequel to his 1978 creation.
See the trailer here:
There’s also a new poster:
The original 1978 film could be noted as the best classic form of rape-and-revenge horror, winning the number one spot on the “Best of Rape and Revenge” on IMDb next to Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Death Wish, and Ms. 45. I Spit on Your Grave, also known as Day of the Woman, is the brain-child of Meir Zarchi who wrote, directed, produced, and edited the original 1978 film himself. The plot follows our main character, Jennifer Hills, who seeks revenge on a group of men who gang-rape her.
Deja Vu follows the relatives of the murdered and their revenge on Jennifer – will she escape a near-death experience again this time?
During its release in 1978, the film was extremely controversial due to the amount of graphic violence exhibited – specifically the detailed shots of the rape itself. I find that a majority of horror films nowadays stray away from exhibiting anything too graphic – which I ultimately just do not understand. Horror, by definition, is an “intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust,” – meaning, we go into a horror movie already knowing we will be seeing less than gorgeous scenes. If a horror film doesn’t make me wince just a little, I generally rate it lower.
It’s been a while since the concept of rape and revenge has been a central theme in any horror film – with films like the Conjuring and Insidious holding priority, it’s been ten or so years since the debut of any big-screen rape-and-revenge movie. With this being the case, there could be a huge niche of horror fans who have been hiding out waiting for this reboot. Could the lack of rape-and-revenge movies be because producers are too afraid to dance around such a taboo topic? I’d personally love to see producers and directs explore topics other than paranormal and possession, although that is my favorite.
I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu is set for release on April 23, 2019.