When I first heard director Steven R. Monroe was making a sequel to his 2010 hit remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, I have to confess that I was skeptical. The concept of a rape-revenge movie is not new in today’s movie world, so I wasn’t sure what he planned to accomplish. But after I watched it, I was blown away. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 is an amazing and brutal sequel, but it could very well be a stand-alone film. Either way, it’s definitely worth your consideration.
If you are not familiar with I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 stars beautiful newcomer Jemma Dallender (Community, “Hollyoaks”) as Katie, a beautiful girl on her own in NY, who is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare – Severely beaten, battered, bruised, and broken, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge. The film co-stars Joe Absolom (Extreme Ops, Long Time Dead) and Alexander Aleksiev (the upcoming Jack Ryan). The film was directed by Steven R. Monroe, the director of the critically acclaimed 2010 film and written by Neil Elman (I Spit On Your Grave) and Thomas Fenton (Saw IV).
I wish my blog hadn’t crashed last year, because I would have loved to direct you to my review of the first film (the remake, not the actual original). I had the pleasure of meeting the cast and director at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas a couple of years ago, which made watching the first film much easier. If you’ve never watched a revenge flick like this, they can be brutally realistic and therefore difficult to see.
Just like it’s predecessor, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 is shot very well and looks great onscreen. But what really makes this film is the acting. The performance given by lead actress Jemma Dallender is nothing short of perfection. According to her IMDB page, this is only the third professional acting job she has ever had, but WOW…she does an amazing job with her role. She is not only beautiful, but she is very talented as well. I cannot wait to see what she does in the future.
A secondary aspect that makes this movie so great is that it is unflinchingly realistic. This film took the brutality and savagery of the first film and multiplied it exponentially. There were a couple of scenes where I almost had to pause the film for a break. One particular scene towards the end of the movie, when Katie is extracting her revenge on one of the men, was so excruciatingly realistic that I had to literally walk out of the room for a moment and collect myself. The film is simply that good (and horrific).
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 is an amazing film, and if you can stomach it, I highly recommend it. But be warned: there are very graphic scenes in this film, both from a gore standpoint and an adult-situation standpoint. If you have a low tolerance for realism in film, I would steer clear. Otherwise, put this on your To Watch list immediately. The film is available now in a variety of formats.