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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