July 23, 2011

My Wife's Enjoyment of I Spit on Your Grave

It was a bit unsettling, but I watched the 2010 remake of the infamous rape-revenge flick, I Spit on Your Grave, with my wife last evening. Real quality family time, I know. It never came to the big screen in Thailand, so thank heavens for DVDs. I had seen the original many years ago while I was still in high school. This was back when there were locally-owned video stores that would stock a "cult" section, which was crucial to my formative years.

Judging by the content many of the Thai soaps, Thai women seem to have a certain level of comfort of stabbing and/or humiliating men who have betrayed them. This is probably one of the reasons my wife really enjoyed the scene where the guy got his wang cut off. I suppose you could view the movie as a type of female empowerment, but many people just find the premise disturbing, including Roger Ebert.

On a separate note, perhaps Conor P. Dempsey will consider adding it to his list of movies about writers as protagonists. This movie may not be high-brow, but I know it's better than 2012.

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