I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)

I Spit On Your Grave 2 title

It’s difficult to find one redeeming quality in I Spit On Your Grave 2, sequel to the 2010 remake of the controversial, memorably-titled 1978 film. The original wasn’t a “good film,” but it did have a savage relentlessness to it that left an impact. The remake’s modifications to the original were limited to a grimier palette and incorporation of Saw-inspired “creative” torture. At least these films had an attempt at commentary; whether or not you find the execution successful, they mount an attack on male sexuality, framing the villains as simple men threatened by an intelligent, beautiful, sexually-liberated city woman.

Jemma Dallender in I Spit On Your Grave 2

There’s no way to interpret the sequel as anything other than inept trash. The subject matter is identical to its predecessors – a pretty girl (Katie, played by Jemma Dallender) is brutally raped and assaulted before seeking bloody revenge – but the changes (she’s a waitress-cum-model, her assailants Bulgarian sleazeballs) only serve to sap the film of any meaning. Whenever the film briefly leaves its scenes of rape and violence, the plot is nonsensical (Katie is improbably whisked away to Bulgaria) and characterisation non-existent. There’s no insight into the depths of human depravity here, just a putrid stew of xenophobia and exploitation. Avoid.

Rating: 0/200

12 thoughts on “I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)

  1. Got to disagree here, for me this worked well at what it is. I liked both this and the 2010 version (liked is weird for this kinda film but you know what I mean). Just unapologetic and brutal revenge movies 🙂

    • Fair enough; I think what I’m looking for from something like this is either an insight into the depths of human depravity (quotin’ my own review up in here) or something that’s genuinely challenging and disturbing. Like, if a movie makes me feel bad, that’s at least something! This didn’t really make me feel anything; I felt detached from what was going on, because it was so exaggerated and almost silly while treating it with such grimness.

    • I was bit worried after Tyson’s response that maybe I should hand in my “likes trashy horror movies” card and I was missing something redeeming about this film (and maybe I still am!). Still, good to see I’m not the only one who can appreciate some exploitation but draws the line at this. Thanks for the comment

      • You probably missed my post about this – it was tagged on to the end of The Brave One. You and I hold that same card – this was pointless and drivel and I watch (and like) a lot of sleazy shit. I mean – did he really have to taze her there for ten minutes? Stupid.

      • Exactly – I don’t mind exploitation at all – I actually liked the remake – but this one was just dumb and tried too hard to be too much and it showed. I mean REALLY – she drowns him in a dirty toilet and he coughs up poop. Come on! That’s not good it’s just reaching and unnecessary.

      • Yep, I just rolled my eyes at that bit. You can practically hear the filmmakers yelling “ARE YOU OFFENDED YET?”

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