As usual, when it was announced that I Spit On Your Grave was being remade, the internet moaned, whined and complained. That is, until the movie was released, and it was met with mostly positive reactions, at least from its target audience. Some have tried to make the argument that this reboot is pure exploitation, to which I say “duh.” However, so was the original, and no amount of circular logic will change that. Even more shocking was that a sequel to the remake was released, and it was pretty damn good as well. So it is possible that my expectations for the second sequel, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine may have been a tad unrealistic. Be that as it may, I still pride myself on my ability to view a movie objectively, without letting much of the marketing or hype influence my opinion of the final product.
Having said all of that, I Spit 3 seems to have fizzled when it should have filleted. I’m not saying that my expectations didn’t have any impact at all in my final opinion of the movie. What I expected was a solidly-crafted rape/revenge exploitation film. What I got instead was a disjointed movie, which manages to only be half-effective, even with the return of Sarah Butler as Jennifer Hills. One thing that hurts the movie is the pace. The “rape” in this scenario only sort of occurs, and probably a little over halfway through the movie. Also, the “revenge” aspect, which makes these movies tolerable in the first place, feels unbalanced because the most gnarly kill in the movie is shown first, rendering the rest of the carnage ineffective.
I’m not saying I Spit 3 is a total bust. The “gnarliest kill” I mentioned early is gruesome enough that you’ll walk away with at least one “holy shit” moment. I just wish they would have balanced it a little better. Rather than feeling as if it follows the pattern of the other movies in the series, it feels more like Ms .45, as pointed out by my partner in crime, Doc Terror. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is what this series needs if they plan make further entries. But for me, the remake, and even the sequel were far better films. The production value, the look of the film, the special effects and all of that were totally fine, and on-par with the others. It’s the narrative which falters this time around. It took too long to get where we were going, and it was definitely front-loaded, as far as the carnage goes.
The Blu-ray release is fine, no problems to report with the video or audio quality. However, it should be noted that included on the disc are zero pieces of bonus content. I know we’re used to that with a ton of these new genre releases, but I refuse to stop pointing it out. It’s pretty easy to come up with a few extras for a disc. Even a commentary would do, but it is what it is. If you are collecting these films, I wouldn’t let that deter you from picking it up. Otherwise, though, solid Blu-ray, for a film which fell way short of my expectations, realistic or not.