Katie is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When she innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare of rape, torture, and kidnapping. When a twist of fate finally frees her from her captors - 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. Written byAnonymous
An American wannabe model is raped, shipped to Europe and degraded
until she escapes and plots her revenge.
Writers Thomas Fenton and Neil Elman offer a solid script, the
claustrophobic NY apartment and then the European setting adds an air
of danger for Katie's ordeals, it's pity the unsavoury Euro angle has
be been done so many times already. In the vein of Hostel 2, Saw and
following the format of the 1978's I Spit on Your Grave and its 2010
remake, director Steven R. Monroe's latest wincing film like its
predecessor is nasty, arguably needless and borderline exploitation.
Nevertheless, it feels more realistic than many of the films of its
saturated genre and the cop and the priest play against expectations
adding some surprise.
Jemma Dallender is first rate as Katie and gives a great performance
but her character is not as liable as it's former lead Sarah Butler's
Jennifer Hills. The supporting cast are all excellent notable are Mary
Stockley, Joe Absolom who pulls off a good accent as Ivan and Valentine
Pelka as Father Dimov.
It's a film of two halves, the first being the horrific abuse of Katie,
the second revenge kills on her captors. Monroe's film looks good, it's
slick with plenty of atmosphere, blood, great effects with the ominous
lighting and locations heightened by Damian Bromley's photography.
Corey A. Jackson's score also adds to the unnerving edgy scenes.
With the pro-woman, feminist, revenge angles already debated
highlighted and explored with the 1978 version, this offering would
have been a equal if not a better re-imagining than the 2010 remake but
despite some great acting it's now left slightly redundant with even
less to say.
Monroe's offering is commendable and as it is certainly not DVD fodder
(like Hostel 3), it has cinema release execution and production values
like his first instalment. Monroe needs a breakout film but given the
subject matter this just isn't it.
"Tell me you like me!" Katie (Dallender) is an aspiring model living in
New York. Trying to make a more professional portfolio she accepts an
offer for a free photo shoot. Things are going well until they ask her
to take nude shots. Refusing, she leaves but the crew finds her and
does the unthinkable. Now all Katie has on her mind is revenge. If you
have seen the first one you will know what to expect. If you haven't I
should warn you this is extremely graphic and violent and not for
everyone. There are intense scenes of torture and mutilation but
because the woman doing these things was raped by the people she is
doing this to it makes it hard to feel sorry for them. If you liked the
first one you will like this too, but again if you don't think you can
handle it don't watch it. This is for a select group. Overall, not as
good as the first but mainly because the rape and abuse of the woman
seemed worse and that isn't fun to watch. I give it a C+.
'I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2': Four Stars (Out of Five)
Sequel to the 2010 remake of the 1978 cult classic 'DAY OF THE WOMAN'
(which was later retitled 'I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE', to capitalize on it's
notoriety). All three films are torture/revenge films about a young
woman who is brutally raped and left for dead (by four men) and then
she hunts them down, one by one, and gets her gruesome revenge. This
film is less a sequel (as it's only similar to the 2010 film in title
and premise) and more just another remake of the original film (it's
even credited as being based on 'DAY OF THE WOMAN' in the film's end
credits). It was written by Neil Elman and Thomas Fenton (who also
co-wrote the torture porn sequel 'SAW IV') and once again directed by
Steven R. Monroe (like the 2010 film). This sequel is about as well
made and effective (at the genre it's trying to represent) as it's two
predecessors. Definitely not an enjoyable film going experience (in any
way) but it delivers the gore, disturbing terror and grindhouse style
revenge thrills that viewers of these types of films expect.
The story revolves around an aspiring model named Katie (Jemma
Dallender, who gives an amazing performance) working as a waitress in
New York. She calls the number for an ad, which promises free
professional photos, and meets three brothers (Yavor Baharov, Joe
Absolom and Aleksandar Aleksiev) in the studio they shoot out of. After
they try to talk her into doing some photos naked she leaves and goes
home to her apartment. One of the brothers, Georgy (Baharov), shows up
at her apartment; first to offer her free pictures and then later
taking photos of her, in her bedroom, while she's sleeping. He proceeds
to tie her up and rape her and then calls his brothers for help
cleaning up the crime. The three brothers drug Katie and ship her to
their home country of Bulgaria where they proceed to rape and torture
her. A business associate of theirs, named Valko (Peter Silverleaf),
joins them in Bulgaria. Of course you know what happens next.
The original 1978 film is one of the most controversial films of all
time and has been criticized both for exploiting rape and man hating
(due to the evil characterisations of it's male characters and the
excessive torture scenes of them, some involving their genitalia).
Roger Ebert notoriously called it a "vile bag or garbage" and gave it
(and it's original remake) a zero star rating. The 2010 remake received
the same kind of harsh criticism (and there were reports of several men
walking out on screenings of that film in theaters) but both films also
have received an equal amount of praise, with some calling them 'pro
women' feminism and cathartic. I haven't read the reviews on this film
yet but I imagine it would get the same kind of reaction. I basically
felt the same things about it as I did the first two films; I felt
miserable the first half of the film but did get a decent amount of
gratification from Katie's brutal revenge in the second (and the death
scenes are once again extremely creative and grotesquely imaginative).
Once again I don't think this film (like the others) is telling anyone
how to feel about Katie's actions (whether they're right or wrong) but
it does make a compelling and disturbingly entertaining flick. Not a
great film but a more than decent example of the 'torture porn' genre
(just like it's two predecessors).
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