For those who are fans of “I Spit On Your Grave,” here are 12 films you should see.
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One of the most divisive films ever made is I Spit On Your Grave. It enraged viewers and critics alike with its blunt depiction of brutal rape and the victim’s now infamous revenge plan for the crime. It’s not an easy watch, but fans looking for similar pictures will be happy to know that the film isn’t all that original, at least in light of the current era in which it is set (in terms of style, plot, and theme).
Due to its campy nature, several films based on similar stories have been released since, with a few of them being even better than Grave, at least in my opinion (although admittedly that isn’t a hard act to beat). Several pictures have followed similar stories since. You can see a list of our picks for films that are like “I Spit On Your Grave” below. Several of these films, such as I Spit on Your Grave, are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
1. Mom (2017)
This one is included for variety’s sake. Compared to the other films on the list, I think this one is tame. However, the plot and style of filmmaking are reminiscent of I Spit On Your Grave. It’s a better-funded production with a better cast, including the late Sridevi and Adnan Siddiqui. It follows a mother’s quest to avenge the rape of her daughter during a party in the movie “Victim”. Mom and I Spit On Your Grave have a lot in common, even if you hadn’t noticed them before. There is a striking resemblance between their writing styles, which only serves to accentuate this.
2. Irreversible (2002)
Irreversible by Gasper Noe is a chilling revenge thriller that sparked outrage when it was released. The film depicts violence in a brutal manner, and it’s generally very well-made (the best film on this list, in fact). With its story of a man seeking vengeance for his brutally raped girlfriend, the film achieves what it sets out to do while adding a touch of innovation. Film critic Roger Ebert called it “a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable” because of the reversal of storytelling and the graphic nature of the images.
3. The Last House on the Left (1972)
Wes Craven’s legendary exploitation film, The Last House on the Left, is a sensation. It’s not a revenge story per se, but everything else in the film is similar to the criterion in question. The story revolves around two young women who are kidnapped, taunted, and tortured in the woods after attending a rock concert in search of marijuana. This movie isn’t too taxing to watch, and I regard it as a cornerstone of grindhouse cinema.
4. The Ladies Club (1986)
This is a revenge film to the extreme. Despite its obvious exploitation, The Ladies Club manages to be amusing and engrossing for an hour and twenty-five minutes. The story revolves around a police officer who is raped by a gang in her own home. She can’t believe her rapists get away with murder after being caught on legal technicalities. This motivates her to form a group of like-minded women, and the remainder of the film follows their quest for justice.
5. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)
One of my all-time favorite low-budget films is Thriller: A Cruel Picture. In this revenge thriller, we follow a woman with an eyepatch who was muted as a child after being sexually assaulted. After being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute, she begins training to exact brutal revenge on the many men who took advantage of her. There are times when this movie feels tedious because of how slowly it moves, but overall, I enjoyed it.
6. Extremities (1986)
Extremities, starring Farrah Fawcett, is yet another solid rape-revenge thriller that takes place almost entirely in a single night. Fawcett portrays a woman who lives with two other women in an apartment complex, and the film tells the story of a man who sneaks into their building late at night and tries to rape the woman. Soon after, she gains the upper hand, which she uses to pin down and abuse him in the same way he had done to her just moments earlier in a violent act. A Golden Globe nomination came Fawcett’s way for her creepy turn in this film.
7. Lipstick (1976)
Lipstick, on the other hand, has a more convoluted plot than the other movies featured on this list. Fashion model Chris McCormick was raped by her 13-year-old sister’s music teacher while working as a make-up artist for her. In spite of the fact that the music teacher is detained, his guilt is called into question, and his defense attorney claims that the encounter was consensual and that she had provoked him into engaging in some of the rougher behavior. Despite being acquitted, he rapes McCormick’s sister after he is released from prison. After that, the film turns into a vengeance drama. This is a violent, graphic film with issues, despite its inventiveness in execution.
8. Act of Vengeance (1974)
This 1974 film, also known as Rape Squad, drags on for a while but remains a lot of fun. It’s based on the same premise as the previous film on the list, The Ladies Club. A man in a hockey mask rapes a woman. She is able to connect with other women who have experienced similar hardships and develops a friendship with them. To avenge the man who committed the heinous, unjust act, a group of women decide to stop potential rapists while also hunting down the perpetrator. The movie is a pleasant surprise.
9. Savage Vengeance (1993)
Camille Keaton, who starred in I Spit On Your Grave, plays Vickie Kehl in this film. Her most well-known film (the aforementionedGrave) features a plot that is nearly identical to that of Savage Vengeance, in which the protagonist is raped by four men. After that, she seeks vengeance on them, but she is prevented from doing so for four years. When she and a friend are raped by four men one more time, she vows to exact revenge on the perpetrators. However, despite the film’s obvious attempts, Savage Vengeance comes off as lazily boring and tedious, living up to its slasher-sounding title.
10. Steel and Lace (1991)
This is a fascinating case study.
Steel and Lace adds a sci-fi edge to the rape-revenge genre. Victims of rape are more likely to take their own lives after their assailant, a wealthy businessman, convinces a large number of his friends to give him alibis and otherwise clear his name. For the purpose of exacting vengeance against the evildoers who caused all of their misery, her robot scientist brother revives his sister and transforms her back into a cyborg.
11. Eye for an Eye (1996)
Sally Field stars in the revenge drama Eye for an Eye. After the rapists are free, a mother seeks vengeance on her daughter’s attackers. There were several films based on the plot of this one, and it was quite popular. This movie has great acting and a compelling storyline, in my opinion. The film does have its share of flaws, but it seems so confident in its own abilities that none of its flaws seem to matter as much as they ought to.
12. Ms .45 (1981)
While I Spit On Your Grave holds the closest resemblance to Ms. 45, Ms.45 is the most enjoyable revenge thriller on this list. Due to its excellent direction and energy, it became a landmark B film as well as one of the greatest exploitation films ever made. A masked assailant rapes a mute seamstress at gunpoint, and when she escapes to her apartment, she is attacked by a burglar. To the point of madness, this enrages her, and armed with a.45 caliber pistol, she rampages through the streets of New York, killing anyone who stands in her way.