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My Life At The Movies: I Spit on Your Grave

Just like movies my Mormon background was integral to my upbringing. At twenty I embarked on a “Mission,” and I was blessed to go to East Africa. For the most part my experiences helped make me the positive person I am today; however, there were some dark moments.

The first one occurred one afternoon in Walukuba. While eating lunch a sudden uproar arose amongst the villagers. An impoverished gentleman was found stealing food and the mob wanted revenge. I’d heard rumors of local vigilante justice and suddenly I was seeing it. The group collapsed on the man with fists and feet, but the shop owner fell with additional fury. He kept stomping on the man’s head. Over and over again the treads of his boot stepped forcefully across the thief’s face… until it pealed off the bone with horrific ease. This was the first of a few dark moments, all of which taught me about the eclipse of evil.

“I Spit on Your Grave” is an Anchor Bay assisted remake of one of the most controversial films in horror history. It is the story of how evil inflicted upon one person can lead that person to do the same. It is the story of a woman who is brutally raped, and after surviving the ordeal, sets out to viciously kill her attackers.

It’s not a movie for the sensitive soul, but then again one must be adequately sensitive to understand it. The subject matter can be easily laughed at. It’s hard to want to engage in a topic that so effortlessly pops the bubble of suburbia. Nevertheless, there it is, on the screen, vulgarly forcing the audience to participate.

Sarah Butler and her cast-mates offer viewers a dark depiction of what horror really is. It’s the reason we have a military, police officers, politicians, and mothers. Horror is that which we pretend isn’t real, what we hope isn’t true… until it’s happening to us. Horror is what we are really afraid of.

The sad thing is that horror is out there, happening. However, so is love, life, and everything else. Everyone has a few dark moments. Evil is a part of every life, but nevertheless it isn’t life. Life is beautiful, and sometimes dusk has to happen so that we’ll appreciate the dawn. I Spit on Your Grave was one such evening, a dark moment in My Life at the Movies.


  • John Gerontzos

    I gotta be the biggest horror movie fan I know (toots horn) but you are getting up there homie. You know I got a mind for the macabre and have seen the original. As a youth I loved the shock horror but I grow old and tired (leans on mormon cane). I most likely will rent this when the wife is out to play but I am no longer pumped to see something like this happen on film.

    Great story from Africa man, cerebral as fu$%!

    • John Gerontzos

      PS I am NOT mormon but the CANE is epic!

  • Jon.Godfrey

    Thanks big bro!!! I really do highly recommend this to any serious horror fan. It is a very different take from the original (which I also love). It is nonetheless disturbing as all hell, but the director of photography and the lighting staff are amazing. Also, Sarah Butler is my new “Scream Queen,” taking the trophy from my recent love Scout Taylor-Compton.

  • Anonymous

    Great story about Africa. Really puts life into perspective. I learn something new about you everyday!

  • Chris

    Fabulous post dude. I can’t believe that you saw that. I’ve barely seen a fist fight!!! I want to see this flick now. KUDOS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    ok your africa story is so disturbing.
    i’m literally like :-O
    this movie would NOT be for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anastasia-Gordon/557955297 Anastasia Gordon

    wow !! great peice …very real !!! In the western society we live in we fail to see the horror of the “outside world” thanks for sharing this … makes me greatful .
    I want you to tell more about Africa

    … ps ..do you miss wearing that …like the dress/cloak thing ?? ; )

    • Jon.Godfrey

      Hahahaha, I only had to wear that for weddings and other formal events. I didn’t wear it every day. It simply was a great pic from the few I took over the years. I still have it in my closet though, I’ll bust it out sometime.

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