The new movie “I Spit on Your Grave” starring Sarah Butler is stirring up controversy, according to The News Record. Just in time for Halloween, “I Spit on Your Grave” is a remake of the 1978 movie “Day of the Woman” about a female victim who is brutally raped and beaten. When she survives the vicious attack, she vows, and carries out, her revenge in gruesome ways against the men who tormented her. The new film is grisly with very violent images. But when taken in context of how the main character was savagely attacked, you even empathize with her in the end about what you would do if you were in her situation.
“I Spit on Your Grave” isn’t the only film to stand out amongst the many remakes that have been done in Hollywood lately. Here are some others of note that were controversial for other reasons.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still”
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is a classic sci-fi morality tale of how aliens may just come down and alter our modern society. When one robot-wielding alien utters the famous line “Klaatu barada nikto,” it was an alien phrase that no one knows the meaning of yet is often quoted.
In the 2008 version starring Keanu Reeves, there is no such line. Not only was the movie panned by critics, but movie fans such as myself hated the lack of homage to the original, much like a reviewer for the website Total Film.
“War of the Worlds”
Another great sci-fi film got redone by Steven Spielberg that starred Tom Cruise in 2005. According to Tom Cruise Now, his take from the film was 20 percent of the profits that it made worldwide. That means Cruise made an estimated $70 to $100 million for that movie alone.
Is one actor worth that much money in star appeal? Considering Cruise is still a mega-star with all kinds of hit movies who keeps very busy, he is going to be relevant until he’s 100 and doing “Mission: Impossible 25” with his walker that turns into a missile launcher.
Woody Allen is no stranger to controversy. So when “Match Point” came out in 2005, many critics were gushing with praise for the filmmaker. As one reviewer expertly points out, “Match Point” is the same recycled plot of his previous work “Crimes and Misdemeanors” in 1989, according to Debbie Schlussel.
It’s the same plot just in a different setting, as perhaps Allen’s tastes have changed in the 15 years between movies. Instead of New York, the setting is London. But someone still gets murdered and someone still cheats on his wife. Perhaps Allen’s angst about his own romantic life hasn’t quite been resolved yet.
“I Spit on Your Grave” is a haunting tale of revenge for a horrible crime. The character of Jennifer is rightly bent on revenge for what was done to her. The controversy comes at the horrific acts that humans participate in that are too over-the-top to even be considered human behavior. Yet somehow in a modern society, we too often forget about the victims and what their form of justice should be.
Peters, Sean, “Gory film back for revenge”, NewsRecord.og.
Total Film, “Robo-controversy over The Day The Earth Stood Still”, TotalFilm.com
Tom Cruise Now, “Tom Cruise Salary”, TomCruiseNow.com.
Schlussel, Debbie, “‘New’ Wood Allen Flick is a Remake of Old Woody Allen Flick”, DebbieSchlussel.com.