10 Movies That People Wrongfully Accuse Of Being Misogynistic

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Director: Meir Zarchi
Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann

It's the ultimate revenge story: Girl gets viciously raped (multiple times) and left for dead, girl comes to and dreams up a plan to make the male bastards pay, and girl sees that plan all the way through, with gory results. Widely regarded as one of the sickest exploitations movies ever made, Meir Zarchi's controversial I Spit on Your Grave shows the aforementioned sexual violations in steady, unblinking focus: The viewer watches in discomforting horror as Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) is penetrated, pushed into the dirt, and donkey-punched. By giving audiences the whole, in-your-face moment, Zarchi invited years' worth of accusations of misogyny.

Anyone who's still around to finish I Spit on Your Grave once the rapes have ended, though, knows why the film is anything but anti-woman. In the nastiest way imagine, Zarchi's grisly picture is wholeheartedly feminist. Just as he makes you sit through Jennifer's torment, Zarchi never looks away each time she creatively murders her assailants, and by the movie's end, she's become the epitome of women unwilling to simply bend over and let oppression keep them down.

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