Printed in Blood is publishing the I Spit on Your Grave Scriptbook to celebrate 45 years of Meir Zarchi’s revenge thriller
For decades, viewers have been split on writer/director Meir Zarchi’s 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave (watch it HERE). Some write it off as reprehensible trash. Some – including legendary drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs – think it’s a worthwhile revenge thriller. The film has developed a cult following, and now the folks at Printed in Blood, a publisher of art books, have announced that they’ll be celebrating the 45th anniversary of I Spit on Your Grave by releasing a collector’s edition I Spit on Your Grave Scriptbook!
Also known as Day of the Woman, I Spit on Your Grave stars Camille Keaton as a young woman who is brutally attacked and left for dead by a group of men. She then sets out to exact revenge on her attackers. Zarchi has said he was inspired to make the movie after helping a woman who had been assaulted in a New York park. His goal was to “make a film that would show the strength and resilience of women after such a horrific act.”
The I Spit on Your Grave Scriptbook features 144 pages of art, essays, and ephemera honoring 45 years of the iconic film. The book celebrates the inclusion of the I Spit on Your Grave aka Day of the Woman film negative, script and artifacts in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent film archive in New York City, thanks to curator Ron Magilozzi. The film is now alongside other classics such as Taxi Driver, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Andy Warhol Collection. Meir Zarchi stated, “This film is a landmark in the history of cinema, and we are proud to see it preserved for future generations. It cements actress Camille Keaton’s iconic Jennifer Hills role in film history as a lasting legacy.”
The book also includes Zarchi’s original production script, never seen before, as well as new artwork from global artists inspired by Camille Keaton’s iconic role as Jennifer Hills, one of cinema’s most resilient “final girls”. There are essays from modern and influential film critics, such as Siskel & Ebert and Joe Bob Briggs, a historical overview of the film, and a special introduction by Meir Zarchi. In addition to archival set photos, the book contains a collective anthology from film critics Jim Hemphill, Dan Tabor, David Maguire & Valerie Thompson.
Copies of the I Spit on Your Grave Scriptbook are available for pre-order on the Printed in Blood website and are expected to ship out sometime around the film’s November 22nd anniversary. There are both regular and Signature editions of this limited edition book available.
The Signature edition comes in two versions, “Signed by Wirter Director Meir Zarchi, with the first 100 copies of those also be signed by lead actress Camille Keaton. PLUS all Signature editions come with a Limited Edition set of 6 mini-prints featuring some of the over 40 pieces of brand-new artwork created for the project as well.“
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