Since its release in 1978, I Spit on Your Grave aka Day of the Woman (written, directed, and produced by Meir Zarchi) has gone from being regarded as trash exploitation to a bold and subversive call for female empowerment. While the film has been remade several times I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu (arriving April 23rd) is a direct sequel to the original with Zarchi back in the driver’s seat as writer, director, and producer.
Yes, it takes place 40 years later and features Camille Keaton reprising her role as Jennifer Hills from 1978’s I Spit on Your Grave. Producers have just dropped a poster for the film and, to be honest, we’re not loving it. Actually, a lot about the film has us shaking our heads, but judgment must be withheld until the film has actually been released.
Still, the trailer and synopsis feel like a bit of a betrayal to the spirit of the original. But with Zarchi leading the charge on I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu, he should be allowed to steer the film’s legacy in whatever direction he deems appropriate. Who are we to complain?
Jennifer Hills is back. Forty years after 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave shocked the world with its story of a beautiful career woman assaulted and left for dead, and her notorious revenge on those responsible, cinema’s most lethal lady vengeance returns in the most anticipated sequel of all time. Reuniting star Camille Keaton and original director Meir Zarchi, I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà vu sends now successful writer Jennifer Hills hurtling back to where it all began – to face the wrath of the families of those she murdered. Kidnapped along with her daughter scream queen star Jamie Bernadette, it’s a tense game of hunt – or be hunted – against a lethal gang of degenerates overseen by a violently unhinged matriarch Maria Olsen. Meir Zarchi delivers the next explosive saga in the most controversial tale of an eye-for-an-eye ever committed to celluloid. Some grudges refuse to be buried.
In addition to Keaton, I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu stars Jamie Bernadette, Jim Tavaré, and Maria Olsen.