Rape-revenge: A sampling of twisted times

Safe in Hell (1931)

This early film was one of the first of its kind. The protagonist may not have been raped per se but Van Saal exploits her and forces her into prostitution. Eventually, she vengefully murders him for ruining her life. The jury is not sympathetic: She is convicted for murder and executed.

Lipstick (1976)

After Chris McCormick, a sexy model, rejects an interested older musician named Gordon, her life changes. Gordon forces her to perform oral sex on him and anally rapes her to the rhythm of his self-composed music. McCormick tries to erase the rape from her mind as she repeatedly shoots Gordon to death.

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Its infamous movie poster reads “This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned five men beyond recognition… but no jury in America would ever convict her!”

After Jennifer is passed around like a piece of meat, she feels the need to get revenge on her five rapists. Throughout the film, she violently murders each and every one.

No One Could Protect Her (1996)

What makes this rape-revenge film unique is that it is based off of the real life rapist and murderer Harvey Miguel Robinson. He was convicted at the age of 18 years old. Two years later, this film was released depicting the experience of one of his victims who escaped. In the film adaptation, she did not simply use the court system to bring him to justice.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

In this recent Hollywood film, the first movie of a novel trilogy, the protagonist, Blomkvist is chained to a bed and brutally raped. Later on, she chains him to a bed and rapes him. Then she tattoos his body, identifying him as a rapist. Murder is next on the agenda for Blomkvist.

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