Directed by Steven R. Monroe
Written by Thomas H. Fenton and Neil Elman
Starring: Jemma Dallender
This is DEFINITELY not a movie for the faint of heart. This is the sequel to the remake of I Spit on Your Grave (2010). The original I Spit on Your Grave is from 1978. Both the original and the remake are pretty brutal and this one is no exception.
A young aspiring model, Katie, who is working as a waitress in New York responds to an ad for free photography. When she gets there the photographer, Ivan, and his assistants (and brothers), Georgy and Nicky, try to talk her into a topless shoot which she refuses and leaves, without her photos.
Later, Georgy shows up at her apartment wanting to give her the photos and apologize for the whole incident. He gives her a flash drive with the photos on it and leaves. But later that night Katie wakes to find Georgy filming her. (Apparently he developed a crush rather quickly.) When Katie sees him she shocks him with a stun gun. Georgy quickly recovers and catches up with her as she tries to flee. He binds and gags her, preparing for what’s going to happen next. He is interrupted by Katie’s neighbor and ends up killing the guy. He then rapes and brutalizes her only to wind up so panicked he needs to call his brothers for help. They come to his aid, cleaning the crime scene of all evidence and then dosing Katie heavily with Ketamine, a drug that causes her to become unconscious.
This poor violated girl then wakes up in a basement handcuffed to a metal pole. These guys do nasty and vile things to her in the midst of beating her up. They also try to keep her drugged by giving her more Ketamine but she makes herself throw up the second dose. (Smart girl.) Now that she is in more control of her faculties she pretends to be drugged to get the upper hand and try to escape. And it works.
She escapes and finds herself on the streets of Bulgaria. She has no idea how she got there of course, a huge side effect of Ketamine. She is soon picked up by the police and when they turn her over to a “Rape Counselor” who just happens to be Ivan, Georgy and Nicky’s mother masquerading as someone to help Katie. Instead, she takes her back to the guys and to the basement, where her torture and violation becomes more intense.
During this time, they also let a friend of the family violate her is unspeakable ways. After they feel like she is no good to them anymore, they have beaten and raped her enough, they put her in a foot locker type box and bury her alive in the basement floor. Little do they know that the floor is not strong enough to hold the new weight in the broken soil and collapses into the sewer.
Katie crawls free and is rescued by a Priest after she is caught stealing from the church. Seeing that she is obviously a victim of horrible abuse he gives her clothes, food and a Bible. She soon decides to take revenge on the men that so violently hurt her and leaves the Bible open to a passage declaring “vengeance is mine” for the Priest to read and know where she went.
And the real terror begins.
Katie soon stalks her attackers and kills them in some fairly creative ways. Georgy gets strung up by his limbs and viciously sliced on various parts of his body. Then she adds some sewer contents (yuck) to the open wounds to speed up infection and of course, suffering.
The family friend that violated her, she finds him at church and lures him away. This is probably the most creative ways Katie chooses to kill someone. She takes her cues from his abusive behavior towards her and gives it back to him one hundred fold. This ends up including electric shocks and a plumbers pipe snake. (I’ll leave it at that.)
Katie also gets to exact her revenge on Ivan and Nicky. Nicky loses his edge at a nightclub where Katie is able to lace his drink with ecstasy. When it starts to kick in, he gets sick and has to run to the bathroom where she drowns him in a toilet full of urine and feces. (Another yuck moment.) Ivan, Katie ties him to a table and puts his nuts in a vice and crushes them. (A quick pause while the guys stop wincing.)
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And we’re back. (Deep breaths gentlemen, that’s what they tell women in pain, deep breaths.)
Now, the head of the family, the mother, Ana, is also captured and held in the sewer. But, Katie goes a little more psychological with the mama. She puts her in a box very similar to the one Katie was buried in and locks her in there. Katie opens the box only to let Ana see her torturing her precious baby, Georgy and her first born, Ivan.
Now, this whole time Katie has been hunting there has been a cop looking for her. He finally finds her as she is torturing Ivan and Ana. After a brief scuffle, Ivan is dead, Ana is out of the box and arrested and Katie…Katie goes free and heads to the U.S. Embassy to go home.
As graphic as they tend to be, I really like the I Spit on Your Grave movies. I’ve said before I love revenge films. So, often the justice we get from the system is either inadequate or unsatisfying. This takes it to a whole new level. This film takes our female lead and turns her from a soft, blubbering victim into a maniacal revenge killer capable of things beyond normal imagination.
One of the greatest things about many horror films is that the genre tends to take the socially acceptable idea of the helpless, dainty female and whip it around into something that can shake you at your core. Yet, we still not only feel this helpless wonders but, we start cheering her on as she delves deeper into her own world of sadistic vengeful fun.
I will say that this movie is definitely not for the faint of heart. Neither is the first one, original or remake. These films are very graphic in practically every nature, from the sexual violence to the masochistic ploys of revenge. The language is heavy, the violence is heavy and the blood is abundant. A good movie for all revenge lovers. Just be prepared for what you’re getting into.