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"Suck it, bitch!"
Jennifer Hills

I Spit on Your Grave — an infamous 1978 grindhouse Rape and Revenge Exploitation Film also known as Day of the Woman — follows the story of Jennifer Hills, an aspiring writer from New York who rents a riverside cabin out in the woods so she can work on her first novel in peace. She catches the eye of four local rednecks (Johnny, Andy, Stanley and Matthew, the last of which seems mentally handicapped) who take a shine to Jennifer and decide to harass her while she sunbathes. That night, the rednecks break into her cabin and harass her while she lies in bed. The day after that, the rednecks kidnap her from her boat, pull her ashore, and brutalize her in some of the lengthiest, most realistic, and goddamned disturbing rape scenes in film history. (They also mock and rip up her novel.)

After the rapists leave the scene of their crime, they order Matthew — who had previously shown some affection for Jennifer and didn't want to participate in the rapes — to go back and kill her. Matthew cannot bring himself to do it, so he smears blood on the knife to make it look like he did. Thanks to Matthew's mercy, Jennifer eventually recovers, and over the next few days, she goes on her own personal Roaring Rampage of Revenge. She starts by seducing Matthew before she hangs him from a tree. She then finds Johnny and holds him at gunpoint — and then she invites him back to her house, where she takes a bath with him, castrates him with a kitchen knife, and leaves him to bleed to death. To cap her rampage off, she swims out to Andy and Stanley's boat, pushes them overboard, then axes one in the back and disembowels the other with the propeller — and before she finishes the job, she shouts out exactly what he had told her while he raped her: "Suck it, bitch!".


Director Meir Zarchi reportedly got the idea for the film after he assisted a rape victim in Central Park. Camille Keaton, grand-niece of Buster Keaton and Meir Zarchi's wife at the time, played the role of Jennifer. The film ended up placed on Britain's infamous Video Nasties list, and as such, it carries a certain level of infamy to this day.

Roger Ebert hated this film.

There was a pseudo-sequel called Savage Vengeance, shot in 1988 but unreleased until 1993. A 2010 remake adds a new character, Sheriff Storch, and a stylistic difference from the original: the middle act of the film follows the gang of rapists rather than Jennifer by showing a montage of the rednecks going on with their lives before strange things begin to happen to them (in a way reminiscent of I Know What You Did Last Summer). The effect of this change makes it look as if each redneck fears that someone knows what they did — or that one of them has turned on the others.


Roger Ebert didn't like the remake, either. (He probably would have felt the same way about the remake's sequels if he had lived to see them.)

In 2019, 40 years after the original, a direct-to-video sequel titled I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu was released. It revolves around Jennifer Hills, who after being acquitted of the revenge she enacted on her rapists, is now a successful author after writing a book of her experience, and has a daughter of her own named Christy. But soon both Jennifer and Christy are kidnapped by the families of Jennifer’s rapists, who are planning to enact some revenge of their own.

I Spit On Your Grave contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Matthew, in both the original and remake. In the original, he is hanged from a rope and choked to death by Jennifer, shortly after apologizing and revealing that he spared her life. In the remake, he goes to Jennifer sobbing and apologizing, only for her to kill him anyway (albeit in a notably less horrible way than she killed his friends.)
    • In Deja Vu, Matthew's father Herman. He backed out of raping Christy and stopped Becky from raping her, letting her go. When Christy fatally stabs him in the back with a sickle, he asks her "Why me?"
  • All Men Are Perverts/I'm a Man; I Can't Help It:
    • When Jennifer holds Johnny at gunpoint, he tries to justify his actions with these arguments.
    • The remake adds the character Earl, who rents the cabin to her. He is shown to be a decent man, and is completely unaware of the crime. But the sheriff murders him.
    • Averted in the second film with Detective Kirill and Father Dimov, who try to help Katie Carter.
    • Also averted in the third film with Detective McDylan, Oscar from her support group and her office coworker.
  • And This Is for...:
    Jennifer: This is for Marla, show horse.
  • Artistic License – Cars: In the remake, Jennifer is able to hide in the backseat of a police car and knock out the sheriff while he is in the driver's seat. This is the exact thing that partitions between the front and back seats of police vehicles are there to prevent. The lack of a partition could be justified as scenes in the film establish the area as poor. The Sheriff's car is a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor that's showing its age and was built during an era where partitions weren't as much of a consideration.
  • Ascended Extra: Johnny's wife appears in one scene in the original film. In Deja vu, she's the Big Bad.
  • Asshole Victim: You're not going to feel sorry for any of them (well, maybe Matthew).
  • Ass Shove: Jennifer pays back Sheriff Storch for anally raping her by sodomizing him with a shotgun, and gets Matthew to fire it, while it's still pointing at his ass. She does the same to a step-father who was raping his step-daughter in the third film, only using a pipe and sledgehammer. DAMN.
  • As the Good Book Says...:
    • A visual example occurs in the second film. Father Dimov sees that Katie has been looking at Romans 12:19, or "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord; I will repay." The middle part is obscured, and he rightly suspects she's not going to wait on God avenging her.
    • Some of the antagonists quote, paraphrase or just make up quotes from the Bible in the fourth film to justify their actions.
  • Ax-Crazy: The antagonists from the fourth film are this.
  • Batter Up!: Andy terrorizes Jennifer with a bat. She later returns the favor.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Jennifer is played by the beautiful Camille Keaton and she's the heroic protagonist. The male rapists are less attractive, with thinning hair, hairy chests and Matthew being slightly overweight.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: In the remake, Jennifer throws herself off a bridge to deny her rapists the chance to kill her after their assault. She lives.
  • Big Bad: Most of the films have one:
    • In the original, Johnny comes up with the idea to rape Jennifer and acts as the de facto leader of the gang.
    • The remake has Sheriff Storch, who becomes this and has Johnny Demoted to Dragon.
    • Deja Vu has Becky, Johnny's wife who leads the group in their revenge and personally kills Jennifer.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The three brothers are this in the second film, especially their mother Anna, who was a victim of sex trafficking herself and was repeatedly raped until after one of her sons was born. They have a family friend too who likes using a Cattle Prod.
  • Blood from the Mouth: The film averts this — while Jennifer has horrible injuries, she ends up surviving. It's played straight in the second film with Katie who is badly beaten up.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Jennifer's rapists do this to her in the worst possible way. So do Katie's rapists in the second film.
    • Christy in Deja Vu goes through this as well, first getting kidnapped by the families of her mother’s rapists, then finding the decapitated corpse of her mother, then being raped shortly afterwards.
  • Buried Alive: This happens to Katie in the second film. She gets out when the ground below the coffin breaks into a sewer system.
  • Call-Back: The third film has a few.
    • Jennifer carrying a locket with a picture of Chastity from the first film. This leads the police to identify her as Jennifer Hills.
    • Jennifer calls Marla's ex-boyfriend "show horse" just before beating him to death.
    • The murder of the stepfather has several parallels to the Sheriff. Especially his plea that he "has a family" (which pushes Jennifer's berserk button) and being anally assaulted and killed (with a pipe instead of a gun).
    • Bolton, the lead investigator, says that Sheriff Storch was killed in a murder-suicide along with the others from the first film. Further, the investigators wanted to question Jennifer about the matter.
  • Cassandra Truth: Jennifer happily tells Johnny she's already killed Matthew. Despite his disappearing, Johnny doesn't believe her.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the original film, Johnny's wife seems like a perfectly normal woman. Deja vu shows her as a nutty, religion obsessed woman who is just as evil as her husband.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While jogging Jennifer comes across a cabin, and later sees some bottles of lye in a shed. It is later revealed she took refuge and nursed her wounds in the cabin. She also kills her rapists there, one of them with the lye.
  • Chick Lit: Jennifer writes this.
  • Child by Rape:
    • Near the end of Deja Vu, it’s revealed that Jennifer’s daughter Christy is this. Her father was none other than Johnny.
    • In the second film, Ana's sons were revealed to have been conceived this way.
  • Churchgoing Villain:
    • The Sheriff in the remake repeatedly mentions going to church with his family and claims he's God-fearing (but of course it's pretty hollow given his crimes in the film).
    • Valko in the second film is seen attending Father Dimov's church in Sofia and freaks out when Katie shows up there during the service.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Jennifer deals with Johnny in the first remake by pulling out several of his teeth before turning the shears on him. Katie from the sequel takes things even further by making very extensive use of the same cattle prod that one guy used on her when she catches up to him.
  • Covers Always Lie: The poster says she murders five guys — but in the synopsis, she kills four. The hell...? And also, no one is burned (at most she tosses Johnny's clothes at the fireplace).
    • At least they added a fifth character in the remake.
    • The Blu-Ray tagline fixes both inaccuracies: "chopped, crippled, and mutilated four men beyond recognition..."
  • Crippling Castration: Johnny suffers this in both versions of this film. The original Johnny gets a Deadly Bath, while the remake Johnny is viciously tortured by Jennifer before she uses a pair of shears on the bits in question.
  • Deadly Bath: In the original, Johnny bleeds out in the bath after getting castrated. In the remake, Andy's face melts off in a bath full of lye.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jennifer, after the rape.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Becky in Deja Vu, as she was Johnny's wife and tries to rape Christy.
  • Dirty Cop: The remake's Sheriff Storch falls under this trope. Averted with the Bulgarian Detective Kirill in the second film and Detective McDylan in the third film.
  • Dirty Coward: Johnny pisses himself during Jennifer's revenge. She reacts with extreme disgust, commenting on how even the other men didn't do this.
  • The Ditz: The film tries to portray Matthew as this — but even the other rapists look dumb. The group orders the one person who had shown some reluctance to violate Jennifer to kill her. One of them even accepts an invitation to hop in her car and take a bath with her, even though she had held him at gunpoint seconds earlier. Ah well, anyone who saw the movie or read this article knows what happens to him.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted in Deja Vu, when Becky tries to force herself on Christy and it's played for horror.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the third film, Oscar relates that his daughter was spurred to kill herself over her rapist going free because the physical evidence against him went missing, and his lawyers had smeared her as a slut who was "asking for it".
  • Electric Torture: The second film has Katie both having this done to her before being raped and then returning the favor in spades when she catches up to the bastard responsible.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Johnny seems to really love his children, and when his wife comforts her son while waiting for him to return, it does seem a bit heartbreaking — until you remember that Johnny raped (and nearly killed) a woman. This is heartbreaking from the innocent children's eyes who know nothing of their father's evil, unlike the viewer. In Deja Vu, many of the rapists' family members seek revenge against Jennifer and her daughter over her killing them, and refuse to believe they did anything.
    • The sheriff in the remake also has a wife and a daughter, with another baby on the way. He seems to genuinely love them and is distraught when he thinks Jennifer kidnapped his daughter.
    • The traffickers from the second film are brothers who clearly care for one another and their mother (who is a victim of trafficking herself and now is complicit in their crimes) cares for them as well. Vadko, whom they sell Katie to, also has a wife. He fearfully says she must go home when Katie's appearance in the church freaks him out.
    • From the first film, in a rare instance of heartwarming is Andy and Stanley. Both were portrayed as useless bums but when Jennifer does her revenge on Stanley, Andy was not only crying and screaming hysterically but he risked his own neck to try to save Stanley, entering the pool only to get killed as he tries to help Stanley swim to shore.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Matthew cannot bring himself to kill Jennifer, and even seems disturbed by some of the things his friends do to her, not that he does (or can do) anything to help. Accordingly, at least in the remake, Jennifer kills Matthew in a noticeably less sadistic manner than her other rapists.
  • Eyeball-Plucking Birds: In the 2010 version, Jennifer ties one of her attackers to a tree, smears fish guts on his face, and forces his eyes open with fish hooks, leaving him helpless as crows eat his eyes.
  • Eye Scream: In the remake, one of Jennifer's rapists — who has a distinct voyeuristic bent — films the attack. In her revenge kill, Jennifer puts hooks through his eyelids. She later spreads fish guts across his face, leading to crows eating his eyes.
  • False Confession: In the third film Oscar kills himself and falsely confesses to the murders when Jennifer's accused of them, so she'll be let go.
  • Fan Disservice: The over 20-minute rape scene is famous for being absolutely brutal, rather than eroticized like many other exploitation films. The sequels carry on that tradition. There's a lot of nudity, but it is never in the least erotic.
  • Femme Fatale: Jennifer pulls this on Matthew and Johnny.
  • Forced to Watch: In the second film, one of Katie's neighbors tries to save her, only to be fatally stabbed. Katie is forced to watch her neighbor bleed to death in front of her while he watches her get raped in front of him and not be able to do anything to help each other.
  • Foreshadowing: Near the beginning of the film Katie demonstrates how an effective mouse trap can be made to the handyman who works in her apartment building. Later, she uses a man-sized one to catch Georgy.
  • Good Shepherd: Father Dimov is a kind Bulgarian Orthodox priest in the second film. He finds Katie stealing food from his church, and reacts by telling her she had no need to. Instead, he gives her food, clothing, and an English-language Bible, then calls in a police friend since he quickly realizes she's suffered terrible abuse.
  • Gorn: Johnny's death in the original, all the rapists in the remake.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: I Spit on Your Grave.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Horribly averted, especially in the remakes.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Jennifer delivers one on Johnny (in both versions).
    • Katie does the same to two of her rapists in the second film. She uses a cattle prod on a guy's genitals (who had used the same cattle prod on her prior to his rape of her before she escaped). She also crushed a guy's testicles with a bench vise. Ouch.
    • That is topped in the third film. Jennifer outright obliterates a guy's penis with a knife while fellating him. "Ouch" is an understatement in that case.
    • Christy carries on the tradition in the fourth film.
  • Hate Sink: With the exception of Matthew, all of the rapists count, as their entire purpose is to be horrible villains that the audience will want to see die so they can cheer Jennifer on when she gets her revenge. Special mention goes to Stanley, the sadistic one who records the rape.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Jennifer had to become a monster in order to get her revenge. In the remake, her whole demeanor post-rape changes to show that the assault she endured left her dead inside. That trope continues in the third film.
    • Katie becomes this too. However, unlike Jennifer, Kirill manages to actually stop Katie from killing her last victims and seemingly pulls her back from the edge.
  • He Knows Too Much:
    • The reason the sheriff murders Earl.
    • What Katie's antagonists try to do by beating her nearly to death and burying her alive. It didn't work. The box she was put in was buried too deep and she fell through the ground into the city's catacombs.
  • Heroic Seductress: Jennifer seduces both Matthew and Johnny to lure them to their deaths.
  • Hollywood Law: The poster claims that no jury would convict Jennifer for killing the men. They almost certainly would, as revenge for a previous crime does not justify four premeditated homicides. This is not the case in the film itself, which makes no mention of the authorities, and Jennifer is careful to dispose of all the bodies in the river - presumably knowing she would have a hard time getting away with four murders.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In the remake Jennifer manages to run away before they rape her and runs into the sheriff. The film lets you think he might help her, only for him to turn out to be as bad as the rest.
    • In the second film, Katie was able to escape the basement she was held in and talked to the police. Sadly, Kirill left her in the hands of Ana, a woman he knows from church, who turns out to be the rapists' mother. She leads her right back to the very basement she escaped from.
    • In the third film, Jennifer becomes friends with a fellow survivor, Marla, who stands up for her when she gets sexually harassed and we see her start to get better. Sadly, Marla is murdered, causing Jennifer to slip back into darkness.
    • And in the original, Jennifer manages to drag herself back to her cabin and barely musters the strength to get to the phone....only for one of the men to kick the phone away, having already made it back to the cabin, and put her through MORE torture.
  • Idiot Ball: If you're going to assault and rape someone, it's probably best not to film you and your pals doing it.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the 2010 remake, Jennifer captures Sheriff Storch's daughter to flush him out. What happens to her is never revealed. It's implied that she is still alive in the third film.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In the third film Ron at first denies ever having raped Cassie, his stepdaughter, after Jennifer kidnaps him. She notes he'd yet to hear Cassie's name from her, revealing his guilt.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Christy in Deja Vu is said to be the world's top supermodel, even though she looks fairly average.note 
  • Insane Troll Logic: Becky in Deja Vu seems to believe everything she reads in gossip columns, which she uses to justify her belief that Christy has had sex with tons of people of both genders.
  • Ironic Echo: The original gets one with "Suck it, bitch!" The remake raises the number of lines that get an ironic echo to about a dozen.
  • Jerkass: All of the rapists, except for possibly Matthew.
  • Karmic Death:
    • In the remake, Jennifer's revenge upon each of her rapists reflects the manners in which they degraded, tortured, and violated her.
    • Katie does the same to her rapists in the second film. And she is a lot more vicious and angry about it.
  • Kick the Dog: While it very much pales in comparison to what else they did to her, the rapists mock and rip Jennifer's novel up during her assault.
  • Leave the Camera Running: The rape scene is disturbing particularly because it goes on and on for 30 minutes.
  • Let Off by the Detective:
    • In the second film, Kirill lets Katie go after discovering she's murdered her rapists (he also kills the last one to stop him from killing her). This seems to stem largely from guilt, as he had unwittingly handed her back into their hands.
    • Though he didn't let Jennifer off completely, Detective McDylan in the third film may have got her last attack down from an attempted murder to assault, since by the end of the film she's about to get out after doing just two years in prison.
  • Male Frontal Nudity:
    • All of the males appear nude in the first film. Their actors volunteered for this to show solidarity with Camille Keaton, who would have to perform the graphic rape sequence naked.
    • We get a very close look at Ivan's balls in the second film, as Katie slowly crushes them in a vice.
    • In the third film, Jennifer quite explicitly mutilates Nicholas' penis.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: The villains of Deja Vu are the family members of the rapists from the original, who completely ignore the fact that they were rapists and attempted murderers and portray them as innocent churchgoing good men while insisting that Jennifer was an evil woman who murdered them in cold blood.
  • Meaningful Name: In the 2010 version, Storch's daughter is named "Chastity".
  • Model Scam: Katie is lured into the hands of the Human Traffickers of the second movie by means of a modeling scam. To her credit, she does catch on fairly quickly and gets out of their studio. Unfortunately, one of them gets obsessed with her, tracks her down, rapes her and then he and his brothers kidnaps her.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Jennifer Hills is a writer.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • The posters and the DVD cases for the original film depict Jennifer walking around in a torn up shirt and panties — and the poster design for the remake arguably looks even more sexualized.
    • Prior to the attack, Jennifer is shown in a bikini and jogging clothes.
    • Katie in the second film is an aspiring model, showing a lot of skin.
    • Jennifer in the third film dresses up as a goth, a school girl and in a very sexy red dress to help lure in her victims.
  • Never Found the Body: The rapists are smart enough to realize this, and the sheriff even demands that they find and properly dispose of the body. In the remake Jennifer is shown strangling Matthew, but we neither see his body nor her finish it. Turns out she left him alive until the end.
  • Never My Fault: In the fourth movie, one of the cousins tries to make this claim. Christy doesn't buy it.
  • Never Trust a Title:
    • The movie does not, in fact, contain any graves or any spitting thereon, though Jennifer's utter hatred for her rapists is such that the metaphor definitely qualifies. The original title was Day of the Woman, which the director still prefers.
    • Deja Vu justifies the first part of the title by revealing that Jennifer published a novel about her experience titled "I spit on their graves". Also, when the family members kill Jennifer, they literally spit on her grave after burying her.
  • Nice Guy: There are a few people that deserve a mention.
    • In the first film is Earl, the man who rented the cabin to Jennifer. He's a nice, honest and decent guy who was friends with the Sheriff. Sadly, that doesn't stop the Sheriff from killing him when it becomes clear that he's a witness against him.
    • In the second film is Father Dimov, a priest who confronts Katie after catching her breaking into the church. He gives her clothing, food and a Bible and says she's welcome at the church. He recognizes that she has been a victim of abuse and is nothing short of kind, patient and respectful.
    • Detective McDylan in the third film, who is shown to be a friendly guy who makes an effort to build rapport with witnesses and suspects alike. That Jennifer was the only one of the group (that we see) who willingly talks to him and answers his questions says a lot about the kind of man he is. Even after she becomes a suspect, he's still nothing short of polite and patient with her and even ends up, albeit indirectly, saving her from life in prison or death row by shooting her.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Jennifer exploits this to sucker Matthew and Johnny in, convincing them that she did enjoy the experience to divert their suspicions.
  • Not Quite Dead: The remake plays with this more overtly, but in the original film, the rapists hope — if not completely believe — that Jennifer didn't survive the attack.
  • Off on a Technicality: The third film has Oscar tell Jennifer his daughter's rapist was released because the physical evidence against him went missing.
  • Off with His Head!: Brutally happens to Jennifer in Deja Vu, courtesy of Johnny’s wife Becky.
  • Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Averted in the third film. Jennifer actually is guilty of what she was brought in for. But she wisely invokes her right to remain silent and asks for a lawyer when it becomes clear that she's a suspect. She may be crazy, but she's not stupid.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Invoked in-universe. After surviving, Jennifer spends time psychologically taunting her rapists, in a similar manner to what they initially did to her.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Jennifer engages in this in the third movie, going after those who raped others.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Matthew suffers from this, the poor bastard.
  • Police Are Useless:
    • Played straight in that Storch is a Dirty Cop who joins in on Jennifer's rape, torture and attempted murder. Naturally, when her publisher calls Earl over a month later to report Jennifer missing, she's ignored.
    • Zig-zagged in the second film. After Katie escapes the first time, a uniformed police officer approaches her relatively quickly and Kirill interviews her. It's somewhat played straight in that Kirill doesn't quite believe Katie's story and turns her over to a friend from church who he thought was a counselor but was actually the mother of Katie's rapists without any verification. Fortunately, he realizes his mistake later on, calls the US Embassy and saves Katie's life in the end.
    • Averted in the third film. McDylan is seen initially as a bumbling but friendly SVU Detective who by the end proves to be an effective investigator and police officer who is forced to shoot Jennifer in order to stop her from killing her latest victim. The police in general are shown to be competent and quickly connect the victims to the rape survivor group that Jennifer was a part of.
    • Averted in the fourth film. No one calls them in the first place and not one law enforcement official is ever seen.
    • In the remake and its sequels, it's possible the entire revenge plot could have been avoided just by going to the authorities. However, the avengers are clearly uninterested.
      • In the remake, Jennifer survives, then steals the tape of her rape. Assuming she'd turned this over to the police (maybe state troopers, bypassing Sheriff Storch), it's probable they would all have been arrested and later also convicted of their crimes.
      • Katie escaped, so she could tell the police who did it and where they were. However, in her case she might have feared police were in on it, as after going to them the first time Ana came and turned her over to the rapists once again.
      • Jennifer knew Marla intended to go retrieve some stuff from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Once she learns Marla was killed, telling the police about this might have helped to prove her boyfriend did it. She never even once mentions it though. Also, the whole rape support group knew Cassie is still being raped, yet not one says she could go to the police, or a woman's shelter at least. If she did go to the police, it's quite possible Ron would have been convicted, as even if they couldn't prove intent she's underage so any sexual contact would be statutory rape in any case.
  • Potty Failure:
    • Johnny pisses himself in the remake facing Jennifer's torture, to her contempt.
    • Valko pisses himself in the second film as Katie tortures him with electricity.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: One that's even the closing line - "Suck it, bitch!"
  • Rape and Revenge: Probably the definitive example.
  • Rape as Drama: As noted, a horrific and realistic version.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As befitting the late 70s, Jennifer has beautiful brown tresses that go well past her waist.
  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: The (in)famous rape scene has no music beyond the harmonica played by another character, which made it one of the most raw sequences put to film at the time. There was planned to be music, but Meir Zachi couldn't find anything appropriate.
  • Revenge Myopia: The villains of Deja Vu want to kill Jennifer, rape her daughter, and kill the daughter too. This is for killing their family members, who were the rapists in the original film, completely ignoring the fact that they raped and nearly killed Jennifer (they're in denial that it ever happened, despite wanting to do it themselves).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What the above leads to on Jennifer's part, and the main focus of the movie, along with the remake and sequels.
  • Sadist: Stanley, who enjoys the rape the most and is the only one without redeeming qualities. The others even call him a sex maniac.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Ana in the second film is revealed to be a victim of the sex traffickers herself. She'd not only been raped like Katie is, but gave birth to two sons as a result (who now are members of the ring). In the present, she assists them in luring new victims into their clutches (like Katie). Even so, as she's upstairs hearing them rape Katie in the cellar, she weeps silently holding a doll. You can't help but sympathize, despite what she did to Katie, knowing that she's probably been utterly broken and brainwashed by her experience.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Jennifer and Katie in the first two films (original or remake). You can't blame them for wanting to get revenge that much. However, in the third film Jennifer gets a lot less sympathetic as she starts going after people who she doesn't know have really raped or murdered anyone.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    Bolton: Why did you change your name?
    Angela: I didn't want to be Jennifer Hills anymore.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Johnny suffers this at Jennifer's hands in the remake.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Oh yeah.
  • Title Drop: It finally happens in the fourth film, spoken almost verbatim by Johnny's wife Becky, and there actually is a grave for her to spit on.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Chief from the third movie. Sure, a woman in a sexy red dress with clear bruising on her face who seems slightly off-kilter offering you a blowjob is perfectly legit.
    • The antagonists from Deja Vu are this in spades. Jennifer and her daughter have their moments too in that neither of them try to call for help. Notably, Christy has access to a phone more than once and never uses it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being gang raped and left for dead, both Jennifer and Kate do this.
  • Torture Porn: The first remake and its sequel has Jennifer and Kate viciously torturing several of their attackers. The third film for the most part averts this, with Jennifer primarily using guns and knives against her prey, except for one guy who gets things even worse than Sheriff Storch from the first remake.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer virtually gives away the entire plot — and repeats I Spit on Your Grave about five times, presumably because they didn't have anything more to show.
  • Tranquil Fury: After castrating Johnny, Jennifer calmly listens to opera music while Johnny is screaming and bleeding to death in the bathroom.
  • Video Nasties: The original film was branded as this.
  • Vigilante Woman: Jennifer becomes this in the third film, and ultimately descends into Serial Killer territory at the end, as she starts to expand her list of targets to non-rapists.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The 2010 remake never explains how Jennifer survived her fall into the river and where and how she recovered to plot her revenge.
    • In the sequel, we don't actually see what happens to Anna after Kiril finds her in the box.