Since interviewing the stars of the film back in issue 40 of SCREAM, I’ve been eagerly awaiting news of a release for I Spit on your Grave: Déjà Vu, a belated sequel to Meir Zarchi’s landmark 1978 shocker. While a firm release date continues to elude us, Deja Vu LLC. Productions has confirmed that the film will see release next year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the original exploitation classic. In addition, the first official still from the film has been released.
The image shows Jamie Bernadette as Christy Hills, the daughter of Jennifer, who wreaked a terrible vengeance on four backwoods hicks who repeatedly raped and tormented her 40 years ago. Original star Camille Keaton returns as Jennifer, starring alongside horror regular Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes, Southbound).
Having not directed a film since 1985’s Don’t Mess with My Sister (aka Family and Honour), Zarchi both wrote and directed Déjà Vu, revisiting his notorious tale for the first time. His son Terry produced, and also co-stars as the son of Johnny, who met his end in the original’s infamous bathtub castration scene.
In Déjà Vu, Jennifer Hills is now a best-selling author, living in New York with her daughter Christy, a famous model. Having never let go of the fact that Jennifer was vindicated of killing her four assailants in 1978, the relatives of her tormentors seek her out and kidnap both her and Christy, intent on exacting their own revenge.
I Spit on your Grave: Déjà Vu is currently being shopped around for distribution.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)