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Film Review – I Spit on Your Grave 2

Director: Steven R Monroe
Screenplay: Neil Elman and Thomas Fenton
Cast: Jemma Dallender, Yavor Baharov, Joe Absolom and Aleksandar Aleksiev
Genre: Thriller
Ratings:*

I Spit on Your Grave 2 is the sequel to I Spit on Your Grave (2010) which is a remake of the 1978 film of the same title by Meir Zarchi. I Spit on Your Grave 2 is about an aspiring model Katie who goes for a photo shoot. At the shoot she meets Bulgarian brothers Ivan (Joe Absolom), the photographer, Georgy (Yavor Baharov) and Nicolai (Aleksandar Aleksiev), his two assistants. Katie refuses to have compromising pictures of herself taken and she storms out of the studio.

Meanwhile Georgy is infatuated with her. He starts stalking her and the drama escalates. Eventually he attacks her in her flat and kills her neighbour who tries to help her. As a last resort and to clean up the mess that Georgy has done, Ivan and Nicolai decide to smuggle her to Bulgaria where they keep her in a basement. Here the movie takes a turn from the bizarre to the macabre as she is repeatedly raped and tortured. She eventually escapes and plots revenge against everyone who did her wrong. She goes after them one by one until she has killed all of them as brutally as she can.
This film is just too brutal and hardcore for my liking. I could not even concentrate on the acting which is mediocre and bad, to say the least. I know things like this do happen in the world but I think the director concentrated so much on the brutality, that it becomes ineffective. At some point I got bored, shut down, and just wanted the film to end.
I Spit on Your Grave reminds me of the 2003 film Wrong Turn, but at least in Wrong Turn I understood that the killers where cannibals and just plain crazy which makes it all right to a certain extent. The only aspect that I like about I Spit on Your Grave is that Katie gets her revenge at the end even though she goes about it in a way that I do not approve.
Warning: Do not let your children watch this movie even if they already have watched a lot of violent movies and the news too. This film will just disturb them even more and give them other ideas. And I strongly believe all this violence that children and young adults watch on television is the reason why so many of them decide to go on a shooting rampage at their schools, especially in the United States. This is not a film worth watching and the only thing I got out of it is to be careful who you associate yourself with and if your sixth sense tells you that there is something wrong with this situation, get out of there quickly. I have heard countless stories about girls who got raped because some photographer or filmmaker promised to turn them into stars. But only to find out it is a scam and then it is to late. “This is not a rumination on the nature of violation, nor is it a socio-political statement about the disparity between women and men. This is nothing. It is a gross and filthy compendium of rape sequences that exists solely to make the miserable collection of revenge/murder scenes feel….. I have no idea. Enjoyable? Cathartic? Exciting?” wrote Scott Weinber for Fearnet when he reviewed I Spit on Your Grave 2.  I could not have put it better. My thoughts exactly, what is the point?

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