Exclusive: Director Steven R. Monroe Spills – I Spit On Your Grave to Receive Unrated Theatrical Release!

This writer caught up with director Steven R. Monroe last week, and while the bulk of that juicy interview is just around the corner, we’d be remiss in not immediately bringing you word on Anchor Bay’s release plans for the director’s 2010 CineTel/Anchor Bay Entertainment remake of the infamous 1978 exploitation classic I Spit On Your Grave – a remake which is at this moment slated for an unrated(!) theatrical release.

We’re done with the MPAA,” says Monroe of the film, which stars actress Sarah Butler as a woman who seeks revenge on a quartet of men following their sexual brutalization of her.

As for Monroe’s battle with the American ratings board, the filmmaker (who’s previously shepherded the horror flicks It Waits and Sasquatch Mountain, among others) says of the I Spit On Your Grave redux, “After seven rounds with the MPAA, the last two rounds were just to get an actual ‘R’ rating so that when the DVD comes out and some chain says, ‘We’re not stocking your movie,’ there will be a ‘R’ rated version so that the distributors and producers can make their money back.”

My opinion is,” Monroe continued of his dialogue with the distributor, “Why not try for once, and use it as your marketing, to give the fans what they want and not piss them off on opening weekend by showing a chopped-down version?’ Because you’ll get a bunch of butts in the seats the first weekend, and the third and fourth weekends they won’t be there. But if you give them what they want, you are going to have longevity, and God bless Anchor Bay, that is there mind-set right now.

Stay tuned for the entire interview with Monroe on the 2010 version of I Spit On Your Grave in the near future, and in the meantime read our lengthy interview with one of the film’s stars Rodney Eastman here, and visit the official I Spit on Your Grave remake website.

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  • LivingDeadPunk

    I think it’s going to suck, still if it get released unrated, I’m going to go see it if I can and I suggest you all do. Even if it isn’t great, maybe we can show that there is a market for unrated movies in theaters. Wishful thinking, sure, but this could be a shot at giving PG-13 a punch in the mouth.

    • Emy

      That could become a double edge sword of sort.

      The stuudios could read the numbers completely wrong and make more remakes instead of more Unrated movies being released…

      I have no idea if I will or will not see this movie as of yet. I have yet to see quite a few movies I have been really wanting to see, so this might just fall aside.

      Also, it might not get shown here…

      • LivingDeadPunk

        I think they’re pretty much out of things to remake at this point. Nothing left unremade really has any name recognition with the general public, so why even bother?

  • xy marla

    I’m sure it’ll be drenched in weak sauce but I’ll check it at Fantastic Fest anyway. Kudos to the unrated release and it’ll work nicely for my Remake vs. Original write-ups.

    check it! http://www.dannyisnthere.com

  • Terminal

    They’re revolving the whole movie around the castration which I’m sure won’t be as effective as the one from the original. “It’s Date Night” shows they’re not even taking this as a serious remake. So stupid.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Tshoffie

      i agree with what you say about the film in general..however i think that its a cool thing that Anchor bay is willing to release a film unrated to theaters.i wish other companies would give it shot

  • Vanvance1

    I’m a little torn now. This article makes me think that maybe just maybe they’ve made something nasty. I bloody hope so; it’d be nice to not have to rely on the French for intensity.