You know what I Spit On Your Grave is, and you should know by now if your sensibilities are too delicate to stomach such a thing. These movies have existed, even in their current form, since the early seventies and even before. A woman is brutalized for two thirds of the movie, and in the last act, she takes her revenge. I’ll never understand how somebody could condemn the remake of this film, or any film that borrows the formula, and then go on to talk about how much they love the original. What’s different? I’d argue that the rape scene was ten times as disturbing in the original than it has been in any of the imitators. I also can’t comprehend rating a movie based on political correctness. I’ve seen several people, friends included, rating this a 1/10. Really? I’m not demanding you “like” this movie, but if you’re rating it a 1/10, you’re being dishonest. It absolutely has its problems, and things that are worthy of marking it down a notch, but the production values are there, the special effects are competent and practical, so why would you rate it a 1/10 unless you’re doing what’s expected of you by your feminist friends?
I Spit On Your Grave 2 is an unnecessary sequel, but what percentage of sequels exist for the sheer need of a continuation of the story? A very low percentage, is the answer. The story follows Katie, played by relative newcomer Jemma Dallender. Katie is an aspiring model, stuck with small town stigma. When Katie finds out she’s going to need a new portfolio before ever finding work in her desired field, she opts for an alternative to two to three thousand dollars per shoot photo shoots, and responds to an advertisement for a free photo shoot for the purpose of a portfolio. And, since this is I Spit On Your Grave, things go bad, really bad. I’m not going to lie, and pretend that what this girl goes through isn’t disturbing, so again, if you have zero tolerance for such a thing, even knowing her attackers will get what’s coming to them, then there is no need for you to watch this movie. Jemma Dellander’s performance teeters between powerful, and full blown, over-the-top annoying. Once she reaches her breaking point, and decides that, rather than flee, she’s going to exact her revenge, it seems as if everything that comes out of her mouth is in the form of a growl.
As mentioned above, and you should have known this before you pressed the play buttons, Katie takes her revenge. So, it’s not as if she is wronged, and the perpetrators skate by unscathed, everyone involved is punished, greatly so. The actual punishment is far more graphically violent than the drawn out rape/torture itself. In my opinion, it is hypocritical for a person to talk about the importance of a film like the original I Spit On Your Grave, due to the fact that it outlines for the viewer, just exactly how depraved the act of rape is, but then accuse and condemn the remake, and its sequel for sheer exploitation. I have news for you, ALL of these films are sheer exploitation, including the holy grail of this sub-genre, Day of the Woman(I Spit On Your Grave). I am not a “rape defender”, I just don’t personally subscribe to the notion that every depiction of rape on-screen is “perpetuating the rape culture”. If you know me, either on the internet, or in real life, you probably know me as one of the most liberal people you’ve met. I just also happen to think that it is dangerous for us to go down this politically correct road. There’s a thin line between “PC”, and straight up censorship, and we’re straddling that line at this point in our culture. Calm down, people. It’s only a movie, after all.
I Spit On Your Grave 2 is now available on UNRATED Blu-Ray and DVD from Starz/Anchor Bay. You may purchase your copy here.