6 Sep 2013

'I Spit On Your Grave 2' Review

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Writers: Neil Elman, Thomas Fenton
Stars: Jenna Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavor Baharov
Running Time: 104 mins
Sub-Genre: Torture-Porn, Revenge
Release Date: September 2013

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.

I Spit On Your Grave 2, the sequel to the 2010 remake of the cult horror Day of the Woman is everything you would expect from a sequel that's soul purpose is to gross people out. The torture-porn sub-genre is starting to fade, which after the endless Saw sequels may not be a bad thing for the horror genre. Unoriginal and recycled are just a few words to describe the age of torture-porn; and also to describe Grave 2.

Not being a fan of the first remake may have been the first sign to not go in to Grave 2, but I felt it was my right as a horror-addict to give it a go, and to be honest, I jumped right into this as soon as I had the chance. The first brought nothing remotely new to the table, and nothing that we hadn't seen before from the countless Saw films and other rotten torture flicks that always managed to slip a boob shot in there one way or another. I Spit On Your Grave was just the same old crap and it's the same old crap that have the sub-genre currently going down the drain.

Grave 2 is just unwanted junk that the director Steven Monroe thinks the audience want, and going straight-to-DVD, hopefully know he will learn that the world is not, and never will be ready for I Spit On Your Grave 3. The Box office is being dominated by ghost flicks, and it's film's like The Conjuring that is bringing in the big bucks, so for this to go straight to the DVD shelves is not a surprise. Grave 2 is not the horror you want to be viewing right now, You're Next is, so i'd give this one a miss especially if had no remote interest in the previous entry like me; a fan of it then go ahead, I allow you to give it a watch, but bare in mind, it's a lot longer than it has any right to be.

Going into this I was open minded, though a little unenthusiastic as the last entry didn't go down as well as I would have hoped. There is nothing new here, like at all, and aside from a particular scene which involves a clamp and a mans testicles (a scene that as a human and a guy, I could simply not watch) there is nothing here that we haven't seen before in this type of horror. Don't get me wrong, it gets credit for trying, but it's a dead end movie that comes to an abrupt stop and never manages to get back on track. I Spit On Your Grave 2 is always trying to be intense, sick and disturbing, but never manages to reach those pivotal points due to the exaggerated performances, dumb display and undeveloped characters. It's all a shame really that Monroe hasn't been able to get over the fact that he made "2010's most controversial film"... Pfft, how arrogant.

Though occasionally strong, Jenna Dellander delivers an overall poor performance and is clearly unable to handle the strengths of playing the character of Katie, as an actress, she just isn't strong enough to pull of a role that requires a lot of distress and anger. Being the weakest of the cast, it is a real shame that she wasn't capable to play a role that could have improved the film, but at least the rest of the cast were decent enough. The characters, especially Katie are a little too undeveloped, and although we feel sympathy for the character (especially in the rape scenes), she doesn't really become anyone we extremely care about, unlike Sarah Butler from the previous film. I Spit On Your Grave 2 is all a little too dumb and undeveloped to want to watch again, and my job is to make sure you don't go through 104 minutes of "been-there, done-that" that I had to endure. Need I say more?

VERDICT: Despite having an edge over its proceeder, I Spit On Your Grave 2 is an unnecessary, dumb and ineffective torture porn flick that should excite fans of the first, and annoy the casual horror fan who tuned in to see something worth watching; instead, we got an uninspired, repetitive clunk of pointless storytelling, making this one of the most unwanted sequels of all time.

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