SYNOPSIS… Jennifer Hills is back!
Forty years after 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave shocked the world with its story of a beautiful career woman assaulted and left for dead, and her notorious revenge on those responsible, cinema’s most lethal lady vengeance returns in the most anticipated sequel of all time. Reuniting star Camille Keaton and original director Meir Zarchi, I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu sends now successful writer Jennifer Hills hurtling back to where it all began – to face the wrath of the families of those she murdered. Kidnapped along with her daughter Christy ( Jamie Bernadette), it’s a tense game of hunt – or be hunted – against a ruthless gang of degenerates overseen by a violently unhinged matriarch Becky, (Maria Olsen).
Meir Zarchi delivers the next explosive saga in the most controversial tale of an eye-for-an-eye ever committed to celluloid. Some grudges refuse to be buried…
MEIR ZARCHI WRITER/DIRECTOR’S BIO
Meir Zarchi’s much anticipated film I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu, is the official sequel to his 1978 I Spit On Your Grave reuniting him with actress Camille Keaton who reprises her role as Jennifer Hills after four decades.
Made in 1978 and originally titled Day of the Woman, this film shocked the world upon its initial release. The original film was based on a true story. Zarchi encountered a bruised, battered and naked woman in a nearby park. The victim’s mistreatment by the authorities when Zarchi rushed her to the police station, burned a fire within him and out came the story of I Spit On Your Grave. The movie has become a cult classic of epic proportion, the most controversial movie in cinema history .
Zarchi also served as the Executive Producer on the Anchor Bay Trilogy (2010 to 2015) of I Spit On Your Grave produced by CineTel Films & distributed by Anchor Bay/Starz. All three successful in their own right. Zarchi also wrote, produced and directed the motion picture Don’t Mess With My Sister! (a.k.a. Family and Honor) which was nominated by the American Film Institute, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine as Best Fiction Feature Length Film on video. Producer of the movie Holy Hollywood, a comedy-drama about wannabe actors, starring Mickey Rooney. Holy Hollywood was written and directed by Meir’s son, Terry Zarchi, who also made a documentary that comes out at the same time called, Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave.
Camille Keaton as Jennifer Hills
Camille Keaton’s latest film I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu reunites her with Meir Zarchi after four decades reprising her iconic role as Jennifer Hills, living in N.Y. and now a successful author. In 1978, Keaton appeared as the lead in the controversial American film I Spit on Your Grave, for which she is best remembered. Camille Keaton began her career in Italy, making her film debut in the movie What Have You Done to Solange? (1972), and starred in several other Italian horror films through the early 1970s. Camille Keaton is starring in her latest role, Cry For The Bad Man (2019).
Jamie Bernadette as Christy Hills
Jamie Bernadette’s recent work includes I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu, which she plays Jennifer Hill’s (Camille Keaton) successful model daughter, Christy Hills. Jamie’s startlingly impressive performance in ISOYGDV will leave the audience wanting more. Jamie recently returned from South Africa where she shot two films with Oscar nominated writer/director Darrell Roodt; The Furnace and Hear No Evil. She has appeared in over 70 films, TV, commercials along with writing/producing credits. Her films have won numerous awards in such a short career span.
Maria Olsen as Becky
Maria Olsen delivers a powerhouse performance as Becky in I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu. Maria Olsen plays Johnnie’s wife from the 1978’ I Spit On Your Grave film. Best known for her appearances in Paranormal Activity 3, American Horror Story and Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem. Since leaving Broadway, Maria Olsen has worked on more than 75 feature films and over 150 shorts, television shows, music videos and commercials.
Jim Tavare as Herman
Jim Tavare plays Herman in the new sequel I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu, whose son Matthew was killed by Jennifer Hills in the 1978 film, I Spit On Your Grave. Jim’s amazing transformation as Herman accentuates this BAFTA actor’s diverse talents. British trained actor and stand up comedian Jim Tavare co-wrote and starred in ITV’s The Sketch Show which won a BAFTA and was syndicated worldwide. This was followed by his own comedy sketch series The Jim Tavaré Show co-written with Ricky Gervais, who also starred. Jim Tavaré’s major film debut came when he played Tom the Innkeeper in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He was the first overseas act to reach the final on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Jim Tavare’s other releases in (2019), Here I Am, starring Grammy Award winning Shelby Lynne and his British Award Winning play Bedpan to Deadpan.
Jonathan Peacy as Kevin
Jonathan Peacy took on the role of Kevin in I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu with a fearless attitude and delivery. Jonathan’s character Kevin, is the brother of Stanley from the iconic 1978 film, I Spit On Your Grave. Jonathan plays one of the gang members who seek revenge for the death of his brother. Back in the early ’90s there was a guy named Jon Peacy who was one of the few standout BMX riders on the circuit. Jon moved within the skate scene as well as BMX, and ran successful clothing businesses alongside a then-fledgling DC Shoe Co. Now a much in demand character actor in films, TV and commercials.
Jeremy Ferdman as Scotty
Jeremy Ferdman leaped into the role of Scotty in I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu with such fervor and conviction. Scotty (Jeremy Ferdman) is the cousin of Andy from the 1978 I Spit On Your Grave and along with his sidekick Kevin (Jonathan Peacy) create utter mayhem. Jeremy says the 1978 I Spit On Your Grave film inspired him to act and become a writer. Classically trained, he won Best Actor Award in the Toronto Film Festival for his role in Dirty Talk. A graduate of Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, he toured with Georgia Shakespeare Festival A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Metamorphoses. His latest film Robbery, has earned him Best Actor at the ACTRA film festival in Toronto, Canada.
Holgie Forrester as Millie
Holgie Forrester’s physical agility as a trained dancer blended well with her drunk character Millie, wife of Henry (old couple) in I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu. Holgie Forrester first appeared on The Young and Restless, and went on to act in over 150 films, TV, reality shows and commercials. She is known for her roles in Darby Forever and The Wrong House. Holgie Forrester is the co-creator and original cast of NYC Off Broadway improv/comedy published by Samuel French. Her films have been previewed in Cannes, Sundance and Slamdance (2018).
Roy Allen as Henry
Roy Allen plays duplicitous Henry, husband of Millie (old couple) in I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu, who befriends Jennifer and Christy Hills in the film. Roy Allen is a graduate of Columbia University and Oberlin Conservatory. He attended the Lee Strasberg Institute, the Groundlings School and the Theatricum Botanicum Academy in Los Angeles. Roy has acted in over 150 films, TV, theater and commercials. His latest recurring role in the new Fox FX series, The Age of Living Dead.
Alexandra Kenworthy as Beady Eyes
Alexandra Kenworthy plays crazy Beady Eyes in I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu which is a true testament to her discipline as a method actor. Alexandra Kenworthy has appeared in L.A. Law, Sisters, Monk, GIlmore Girls, Funny or Die, and in the animated series Robotech. Her career spans four decades in film, TV, commercials, and animation.
PRODUCER & D.P. BIO
Terry Zarchi Producer/Edito
Terry Zarchi presents I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu along with producing and editing the film. Terry Zarchi’s latest documentary film, Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave (2019) which he wrote/directed and produced will be released with I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu at the same time. The son of Meir Zarchi, Terry appeared at the age of nine as Johnny Jr. in the original I Spit On Your Grave and reprises his role in ISOYGDV as an adult. Terry Zarchi has been producing content for over twenty five years with his American Event Production company. He also owned and operated a successful extras casting agency, providing background actors for iconic films such as; Pulp Fiction, My Best Friends Wedding, High School High, From Dusk To Dawn, Jackie Brown, and hundreds of films and TV shows. His feature directorial debut, Holy Hollywood (Mickey Rooney), a film about rival casting agencies has garnered numerous accolades.
Jan O’Connell Producer/Line Producer
Jan O’Connell has over twenty five years experience producing, designing, writing and directing for film, TV, commercials, web/social media content, music videos, and has worked on numerous blockbuster movies in Hollywood such as: Seven, X Files (the movie), Last Man Standing, Spider-Man 2, Romy & Michelle, just to name a few. Jan O’Connell’s true passion led her to produce independent films; Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu and Here I Am, written and directed by Cynthia Mort starring Grammy Award Artist Shelby Lynne, (2019). Jan O’Connell is also a writer and director in her own right and currently has her award-winning scripts in development.
Director Of Photography Pedja Radenkovic
Pedja Radenkovic is an award-winning cinematographer. Pedja’s feature film The Season won best cinematography at the Diabolique Film Festival and Just Within Reach won best cinematography at London Independent Film Awards. He has also worked with Oscar winning writer, Adam McKay and his wife/director Shira Pivan on Fully Loaded. His versatility for creating imagery and using limited light source to create docu-style moods in fiction film has garnered him considerable attention in the indie world. His latest films include: I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu, Here I Am and Just Within Reach.
HOW LONG WAS THE FILM SHOOT? 29 DAYS
WHERE DID YOU SHOOT THE FILM? LOS ANGELES, SANTA CLARITA, SIMI VALLEY
HOW LONG WAS THE FILM IN POST PRODUCTION: 28 MONTHS, 20 EDITING, 6 POST & 3 CAMPAIGN
THE 78’ WAS SHOT WITH NO LIGHTS, WAS DEJA VU? YES-NO OUTSIDE LIGHT, ALL NATURAL LIGHT WAS USED.
HOW MUCH OF THE FILM WAS SHOT OUTSIDE? 27 DAYS
DID THE WEATHER INTERFERE WITH THE SHOOT DAYS? NO, BUT THE HEAT WAS 100 DEGREES ON AND OFF DURING OUR TWO MONTH SHOOT, SOME DAYS WERE BRUTAL, ESPECIALLY THE CEMETERY SCENES.
DEJA VU MEANS? YOU’LL HAVE TO SEE THE MOVIE.
DO I NEED TO SEE THE 78’ TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW FILM? NO, BUT THERE ARE SOME EASTER EGGS FOR THE SPIT FANATICS.
7 OUT OF THE 9 ACTORS HAVE A COMBINED TOTAL OF CREDITS? 400-500 CREDITS. FIVE OF THE ACTORS ARE CLASSICALLY OR THEATRICAL TRAINED; HOLGIE FORRESTER, ROY ALLEN, MARIA OLSEN, JIM TAVARE, JEREMY FERDMAN. NOT TYPICAL FOR A HORROR GENRE FILM.
THE HISTORY BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HORROR TITLES EVER MADE.
This original 1978 film highly influenced and changed the way filmmakers make movies because…
- One of the most iconic posters in movie history.
- It created a genre like no other…a female taking on her own dose of revenge.
- The original film SET THE BAR for ALL revenge films.
- The film is still referenced and debated worldwide by cinephiles some 40 years after it was made.
- The original I Spit On Your Grave changed the face of cinema with its stark depiction of brutality and documentary shooting style.
- I Spit On Your Grave became 1981’s top-selling video release in the US & Canada, ahead of Grease and even The Godfather: Part II and to this day continues to be one of the most in demand titles in DVD & Blu-ray and on the Internet.
- Eight editions by eight different distributors were issued in the past 38 years and it will be released for the 40th Year Anniversary in 2019.
- The Blu-ray edition is one of the most coveted films to own for a collector.
- It’s consistently one of the best-selling video titles at Walmart, Target and Amazon, along with its three offshoots that were made since 2010.
- The motion picture was licensed and re-licensed repeatedly to numerous countries throughout the world for theatrical, home video and TV. Upon the release of the video of I Spit On Your Grave in the United States, it climbed instantly to the top best-selling retail and wholesale charts and stayed there for months along with Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
- The new sequel, I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu is one of most anticipated fan based sequels in the horror world.
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