I Spit on Your Grave

David Maguire

Wallflower Press

I Spit on Your Grave

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Pub Date: March 2018

ISBN: 9780231188753

128 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $15.00£11.99

Pub Date: March 2018

ISBN: 9780231851282

128 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $14.99£11.99

I Spit on Your Grave

David Maguire

Wallflower Press

There is no denying that Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave (1978) deserves its title as one of the most controversial films ever made. While many condemn it as misogynistic, others praise it for raising uncomfortable issues about sexual violence. While its reputation as a cult film has undoubtedly been cemented by its unique position in the 1970s/80s exploitation era and the "video nasties" scandal, it has also become mythologized by its own official and unofficial franchises.

David Maguire examines why the film still continues to provoke fierce debate forty years on, not only investigating the historical, social, and political landscape into which the film was first released—and condemned—but also examining how it is has inadvertently become ground zero for the rape-revenge genre because of its countless imitators. The book explores how academic study has reevaluated the film’s importance as a cultural statement on gender, the conflicting readings that it throws up, the timeless appeal of its story as examined through folklore and mythology, and its updating to reflect contemporary issues in a post-9/11 world of vengeance and retaliation.
A retrospective book. John Squires, Bloody Disgusting
It's a fascinating read . . . it's concise and clear in its purpose. Cinepunx
Maguire comes across as bright and personable, clever and focused without ever wallowing in jargon, and perhaps most importantly of all, aware that ISOYG is not a perfect film whilst still eminently worth of a closer look. A well-written piece of work, the book could easily reward fans as much as students and it’s well worth a place on the shelf. Keri O'Shea, Warped Perspective
ISOYG’s careful research and analysis makes for an insightful and enjoyable read throughout, and Maguire’s clear-sightedness enables him to pull off the difficult feat of treating the subject matter seriously (as one would expect) without the book ever becoming dry and humourless. Jon Towlson, Starburst Magazine
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. History and Herstory in the 1970s and 1980s
2. ‘Only Women Bleed’: Filth or Feminist?
3. I Spit on Your Grave and its Legacy
Notes
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

David Maguire is a programmer for the Leeds International Film Festival’s fantasy/horror strand, with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Bradford.