Saturday, August 2, 2014

I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

"Like" is maybe not the word to describe the original I Spit on Your Grave, but it's an important movie.  With one of the longest rape scenes on film (it may have been surpassed by Irreversible) it wasn't a fun slasher, but it had a big impact on horror.  I had mixed feelings about the remake but somehow the remake's sequel got bumped to the top of my dvd queue and now this is my Saturday morning.

Katie Carter (Jemma Dallender) is a poor naive Midwestern girl trying to make it on the mean streets of New York as a model.  But for someone who is broke and living in a rat-infested building, she still takes cabs.  WTF.  Anyway, her model friend advises her to get new photos taken, but she can't afford it.  So she answers an ad for free and meets up with these weird foreign guys even though the whole situation is EXTREMELY SKETCHY right from the start.  See this is why New Yorkers survive so long, and a lot of these transplants get chewed up and spit out.  We know a bad deal when we see one.

Strangely, one of the photographers/brothers returns to her apartment to drop off the photos on a thumb drive.   Later that day, this dumbass makes mistake #2 by propping her door open to take out garbage so she doesn't have to bring the key.  NO ONE IN NEW YORK WOULD DO THIS.   Predictably, this is the beginning of her problems.

Of course, degradation, abuse and rape follows, involving this group of depraved brothers and some dude who pays to abuse American women a la Hostel.  There are some truly horrifying moments in this movie, including the cattle prod, and especially the box which is my worst freaking nightmare!  But her revenge torture scenes are fucking BRUTAL, man.  Maggots, infections, pus, vises, and drowning in shit.  This girl had time to plan this out and she is cold as ice.

It's funny how a lot of movies are being filmed cheaply in Bulgaria these days.  Some write the country into it's plot, and this is one of them.  Although their reason to go to Bulgaria is flimsy at best, it does make for an interesting filming location.  I wasn't expecting to be impressed by the acting in this movie, but this girl goes from a gullible Midwestern flake into a cold hard raging badass.  She could have just curled up in a ball and died, but she puts her game face on and sticks it out.

According to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, I'm in the minority, but I have to say I liked this movie.  It was a while ago when I watched the remake, but I feel like I liked this one even better than that.  I got it on DVD, but maybe they'll put it on instant soon!