In 1978, I Spit On Your Grave was released, inciting rage and controversy over the violent and exploitative film by Meir Zarchi. Now, 40 years later, Zarchi is back to direct a true sequel, with Camille Keaton reprising her role as Jennifer Hills.
I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu ignores the previous sequels of the film, following the original film’s continuity. It begins with Jen 40 years after her trauma. She has written a book about her experience and has returned to the place where she was assaulted, with her daughter, Christy Hills (Jamie Bernadette). Of course that goes awry, and they are kidnapped by the revenge-seeking wife of the man Jen killed so long ago.
According to MovieWeb, Bernadette said, “Playing the daughter of Jennifer Hills was an incredible honor having been a fan of the original film long before my first audition for the sequel. The role proved to be one of the most trying of my career but simultaneously, one of the most rewarding. I am grateful and humbled to be part of the I Spit on Your Grave legacy”. I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu wrapped in 2015 but its release was held up for four years. Now, fans are finally getting the sequel they’ve been waiting for.
We’ve entered a time where rape-revenge films aim to empower women, rather than exploit them. They seem to counter films like I Spit On Your Grave, holding up a middle finger to the male gaze. So, it will be interesting to see how I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu will fit into the new cycle of rape-revenge films such as Revenge and M.F.A.
Maria Olsen (All the Creatures Were Stirring), Jim Tavare (The Houses October Built), Jonathan Peacy (Ted 2), Jeremy Ferdman (Robbery), and Alexandra Kenworthy (Kiki’s Delivery Service) will also star in I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu.
I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu comes to Blu-ray and VOD on April 23. Do you think we really need another I Spit On Your Grave in 2019? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!