Roger Ebert once referred to it as "a movie so sick, reprehensible and contemptible that I can hardly believe it's playing in respectable theaters," but it sure looks like Meir Zarchi's infamous 1978 grindhouse flick I Spit On Your Grave (aka Day of the Woman) is about to get the remake treatment. Accorrding to Variety, CineTel Films is planning a theatrical release for their new gob of Spit, which producer Paul Hertzberg is approaching very artistically: "After seeing what was done with an R rating on films like Saw and Hostel, we think we can modernize this story, be competitive with what this marketplace expects and not have to aim for an NC-17 or X rating." But hey, how does one "modernize" gang rape, anyway?

For the sane folks who've never seen I Spit On Your Grave, it is indeed about four backwoods scumbags who rape a young woman (more than once) before she bounces back with some of the harshest vengeance you've ever seen. (Butcher knives don't belong in bathtubs! Ouch!) Personally, I think it's a seriously trashy film, but one you've sorta gotta "survive" at least once if you're a horror freak. (And if you do rent the DVD, it comes with a Joe Bob Briggs audio commentary that's seriously excellent.) When contacted by Variety, Mr. Ebert simply hoped that the remake would be better than the original. Heh. Good ol' Rog. (Read that full review right here, by the way.)

Thanks to BD.com.