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rhett
09-18-2011, 01:38 PM
With the remake of STRAW DOGS in theaters this weekend, the rape revenge movie has proven to be as venerable a genre ever, going as far back as Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING and really taking shape with 70s pictures like THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, DEATH WISH and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Asking which is a "favorite" might condemn someone, so let's just ask which film is "best". There's a lot to choose from.

Stige
09-18-2011, 03:42 PM
always had a weakness for "Naked Vengeance" , votedother

It's me, Billy
09-18-2011, 04:06 PM
Ms. 45 for me. Zoe Tamerlis was just wonderful in it. Why it hasn't received a proper DVD and Blu-ray release in the US is shameful.

I Spit on Your Grave (1978 and 2010) also makes for a good viewing as does Death Wish and Death Wish II. I've got the uncut print of Death Wish II in 1.85:1 anamorphic. Looks great, but man is that opening rape scene brutal.

shithead
09-18-2011, 04:09 PM
Personal favorite would be Thriller: A Cruel Picture.

Horrorphilly
09-18-2011, 04:14 PM
I spit on your Grave (original)



sean

SaviniFan
09-18-2011, 04:48 PM
Although closely resembling the superior Virgin Spring, I voted Last House On The Left as I find it has decent replay value. The goofy cop scenes I could do without, but Hess' performance as Krueger is undeniably sleazy and makes for one of the best screen villains ever.

Cooperkill
09-18-2011, 04:52 PM
The original I Spit.

Marshall Crist
09-18-2011, 05:04 PM
I voted for the original LHOTL, but LIPSTICK, DEATH WISH 2 and FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE are all amazing.

Hellbilly
09-18-2011, 05:51 PM
always had a weakness for "Naked Vengeance" , votedother

Good call. Very underrated flick.

DVD-fanatic-9
09-18-2011, 05:59 PM
Not a big fan of exploitation here and, sadly, I don't see many art films (I bailed on Fellini's 8 after maybe 35 minutes) and the French suck...

so I went with Craven's The Last House on the Left since I believe it has honest socio-political relevance and some mood that goes beyond sleaze. He also tried to make a horror film and I'm a horror fan. Also, annoying though the cops may be, I believe cutting back to them increased the feeling of hopelessness. And having them walk in at the last moment the way the movie ends wouldn't have exactly been possible if Craven hadn't have cut to them between the scenes in the woods.

msw7
09-18-2011, 06:15 PM
Voted for Irreversible. It's the hardest to watch.

CPT HOOK
09-18-2011, 06:42 PM
I don't like voting "Other" in these, so I threw some support to Last House (original). I have never seen Lip Stick, Act Of Vengeance, or Baise-moi.

However, my pick would be Deodato's House On The Edge Of The Park. Although you don't really know it is a "Rape Revenge" movie until it all comes together in the (amazing) final scene. It is pretty sleazy at times, but unlike a lot of these movies I find it to be pretty wildly entertaining. "Hot diggity!"


Another underrated gem would be The Ladies Club (1986). I'm not the biggest fan of exploitation, especially not with graphic depictions of sexual violence. I like this one because it is more-so driven by the story and characters. There's really nothing in the movie that they couldn't show on TV (maybe some language?). But I really like the way this one plays out, and the final lines are quite memorable.

Anthropophagus
09-18-2011, 07:47 PM
Although closely resembling the superior Virgin Spring, I voted Last House On The Left as I find it has decent replay value. The goofy cop scenes I could do without, but Hess' performance as Krueger is undeniably sleazy and makes for one of the best screen villains ever.

I agree about Hess being great in this role, I think it sort of typecast him though as a sleazebag for future films.

JGrendel
09-18-2011, 07:53 PM
Voted for Irreversible. It's the hardest to watch.

Agreed...

othervoice1
09-18-2011, 10:02 PM
Not a big fan of this genre but I have seen several of these including Death Wish, Last House on the Left, Virgin Spring, Thriller, I spit on your Grave, Death Wish 2, Lipstick, Straw Dogs and Death Sentence. Id give my vote to Virgin Spring as the most well done of the bunch.

Kim Bruun
09-18-2011, 10:46 PM
I haven't seen many of those. And I accidentally voted for the remake of I Spit on Your Grave when I meant to vote for the original. I don't consider it a good or very moral movie, but I always appreciated the controversial message, which, in opposition to Last House on the Left, states that revenge is empowering.

russweiss
09-19-2011, 01:02 AM
I voted for the original I Spit on Your Grave. The remake had some nice gore but wasn't as genuine.

Copyboy
09-19-2011, 01:12 AM
The original I Spit on Your Grave. As nasty as it is, it leaves you feeling that justice has been served in the end. Irreversible just made me feel dirty and like I wanted to erase the whole memory from my mind. I love Straw Dogs but never really thought of it as a rape revenge flick. Love Julie Taymor's Titus. I guess that one would be a revenge rape revenge flick.

dave13
09-19-2011, 01:36 AM
Straw Dogs, definitely. the movie is an exercise in tension from the first frame, and it never lets up. you feel uneasy through every single minute of that film, if you're at all invested in it.

but hey, where's Rob Roy on that list?

Mutilated Prey
09-19-2011, 01:36 AM
Original I Spit on Your Grave. It was the first of it's kind I ever saw and stuck with me forever. A fun watch, plus it was hot right nearby where I live.

JGrendel
09-19-2011, 02:07 AM
Straw Dogs, definitely. the movie is an exercise in tension from the first frame, and it never lets up. you feel uneasy through every single minute of that film, if you're at all invested in it.

but hey, where's Rob Roy on that list?

Yeah but if you include Rob Roy then you have to include Highlander & we don't want to go there.

Erick H.
09-19-2011, 06:30 AM
Of the choices listed I'd have to say STRAW DOGS.As a Peckinpah fan I think that it's slow burning structure and sense of unease really gets under the skin.The violence,when it finally errups,is painful.It's also bracing after so many years of lightweight comedies to look back at this and see just how great an actor Dustin Hoffman can be.Making his character an outsider to the community really underlines his alienation.

I also admire Zoe Tamerlis's laser like focus in MS. 45 (may she rest in peace) and Bronson's slow descent into cold blooded vengeance in the original DEATH WISH.The other films in that series are fun in a shoot 'em up sense but the original really shows Bronson's character has an arc.He was a far better actor than mainstream critics ever allowed.
As a good (if sleazy) romp Linda Blair's SAVAGE STREETS is a low budget kick,very much of it's time but good in that context.

bigdaddyhorse
09-19-2011, 03:48 PM
I want Ms. 45 on Blu now fuckers! Seeing the HD clips in Terror in the Aisles is torturous as they look so fucking good, while the real dvd and my custom uncut look just okay.

I still can't pick between Ms. 45 and the original I Spit on Your Grave. I'm leaning toward Spit as it was more of an event, like the film you just had to see when I was a teen, but Ms. 45 has some awesome moments I was reminded of last night.

I was thinking Savage Streets should be the list as well, even though I woundn't vote for it over my other 2 I still love that one.

Need to check Irreversable out again. Only seen it once and recall feeling exceptionally uneasy and disgusted, so maybe it is the best. I own most of them but that one I didn't like at all. Ones I do have:

The Last House on the Left (1972)
Thriller: A Cruel Picture
Straw Dogs (1971)
Ms. 45
I Spit on Your Grave (1979)
Vigilante
The Last House on the Left (2009)
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Only own Last House remake as I got the bd for a song during Blockbuster closing, and it wasn't a rental version disc like so many other titles were. It's growing on me slowly, but the Spit remake is far better.

Erick H.
09-20-2011, 07:49 AM
They just ran MS. 45 theatrically (35 mm) at the Raleigh,N.C. based Colony Theater a couple of weeks ago.Their exploitation screenings are great fun.Sadly I wasn't able to go,ended up in the E.R. with an old back injury.Hated to miss out on seeing it,I haven't seen MS. 45 in years.It's a film that really cries out for a definitive home video release.

satans-sadists
09-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Not a fan of rape revenge films, but Death Wish gets my vote. Of the films on this list I have seen, I have only watched once. Death Wish actually has some replay value for me.

crikan
09-20-2011, 06:58 PM
Not a fan of rape revenge films, but Death Wish gets my vote. Of the films on this list I have seen, I have only watched once. Death Wish actually has some replay value for me.

Satan's Sadists (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064939/) doesn't like rape revenge films. Is it the revenge part you don't like? :lol:

satans-sadists
09-22-2011, 06:43 AM
Satan's Sadists (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064939/) doesn't like rape revenge films. Is it the revenge part you don't like? :lol:

So I don't find rape films entertaining. What's so funny about that? :confused: I highly doubt I am the only person here who chose a wacky screen name years ago and wishes they could change it.

msw7
09-22-2011, 07:53 AM
So I don't find rape films entertaining. What's so funny about that? :confused: I highly doubt I am the only person here who chose a wacky screen name years ago and wishes they could change it.

At least your screen name is wacky - mine's not even pronounceable :(

dave13
09-22-2011, 06:03 PM
At least your screen name is wacky - mine's not even pronounceable :(

missewseven

crikan
09-22-2011, 06:51 PM
So I don't find rape films entertaining. What's so funny about that? :confused: I highly doubt I am the only person here who chose a wacky screen name years ago and wishes they could change it.

I wasn't intending to offend. The film Satan's Sadists has a number of rapes in it (of which I believe none are avenged). Rape is central enough to the film that its depicted on the cover. I put a link to the imdb page in my post thinking that would be clear (guess not). So there is some irony in you not being interested in rape/revenge films. Maybe you picked the name based off the novel, my bad. :rolleyes:


FTR, its a shit movie. Not sure about the book.

Anthropophagus
09-22-2011, 10:59 PM
I'm not a big fan of these, but I am a fan of David Hess so consequently I've seen:
House On The Edge Of The Park
Last House On The Left
Hitch-Hike (Does this count as being part of the genre?)
Also, Last House (Remake), I Spit On Your Grave (Original and Remake), and just this weekend the original Straw Dogs.
Like another poster mentioned I would not consider Straw Dogs as part of this genre, while most of the films listed feature a graphic rape scene as the focal point and turning point in Straw Dogs it seemed to be one incident of many that lead to the general uneasiness of the film. The rape scene did not have the feeling of catalyst that it had in a film like Spit.
Most of the films that truly fit this genre would fit into the b-movie category at best, usually plagued by pretty bad acting. Straw Dogs with its themes of moral ambiguity on the part of several characters seemed a lot deeper.
Of the other ones I've seen:
House on the Edge: Pretty forgettable for me, I found it pretty dull actually.
Last House: Undeniably a turning point in cinema because of the depictions of graphic violence, but overrated for me, I'm ok with not seeing it again.
I Spit: See comments for Last House. Always thought this film rubs elbows nicely with that porn/horror crossover Forced Entry. The rape scene for me blurs the line between repulsion and titillation(the way it's choreographed and filmed, compare to FE to see what I mean), why is one considered porn and the other horror? I don't know. Some people may be upset with my description of this as titillating but look up some fetish porn on the net, you'll see there is a market for this, I did a research project on its impact for the psychology department of my University about two years ago.
Hitch-Hike:This one was interesting with a more complex than usual plot, I would not say I really enjoyed it but the chemistry between Hess and Clery was compelling.
The remakes I thought were beyond horrid and did nothing for me.
I did enjoy Death Wish also, though it seems miles away from something like I Spit or Last House.
Anyone remember this obscure entry in the genre called Demented? I seem to remember a plot similar to Spit with attackers wearing creepy masks that remind me of The Strangers.

CPT HOOK
09-22-2011, 11:22 PM
Another good one: The House By The Lake (Death Weekend). I just got the movie poster for it.

Fistfuck
09-22-2011, 11:50 PM
I highly doubt I am the only person here who chose a wacky screen name

Oh, hi!

dave13
09-23-2011, 09:24 PM
Night Train Murders should be on the list. i dunno if anyone would vote for it (its a fine film for what it is, but i don't think anyone would call it the best), but it fits pretty well into the genre.

satans-sadists
09-25-2011, 01:38 AM
I wasn't intending to offend. The film Satan's Sadists has a number of rapes in it (of which I believe none are avenged). Rape is central enough to the film that its depicted on the cover. I put a link to the imdb page in my post thinking that would be clear (guess not). So there is some irony in you not being interested in rape/revenge films. Maybe you picked the name based off the novel, my bad. :rolleyes:


FTR, its a shit movie. Not sure about the book.

No offense taken. I took the name from the movie based on shock and shlock value. Actually had no idea there was a novel. I'm surprised at that actually. Probably the best way I can explain it is that when I was younger I used to have more of a tolerance for certain things depicted in movies. Long drawn out or graphic rape scenes for example are distasteful to me in films these days. I would prefer get the rape scene over with as quickly as possible and just get right to the revenge! :fire:

Satan's Sadists is indeed an awful movie even by director Al Adamson's standards. Inept as it is, I actually enjoy his Dracula VS Frankenstein.