77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Yes, at first I was like, a sequel, really? And it's not a direct sequel, just a similar occurrence. But man, this movie is brutal. Nothing I hate more than rape, even fictionalized I get angry and demand retribution. There are a lot of rape/revenge movies out there, but I am honestly surprised to say that this is one of the best. The original movie and remake are very good in their own right but I think this one actually tops it. I fully expected this to be unnecessary tripe, I was amazed. The story is well thought out, the acting is very good and the direction is downright gripping. It is a little too predictable, but that's not a huge complaint. The rape scenes and violence are very graphic, so be forewarned. A bloody tale of vengeance that should not be ignored.
46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2013
First of all, I loved the original I Spit on your Grave, I loved the remake just as much, and I love this sequel equally as much as the other 2 films. I usually don't go that much in depth with my reviews because I don't like to give too much of the movie away, but I feel compelled to share everything this time around because there is just so much to appreciate about this movie; I don't even know where to start. This movie is an undiscovered masterpiece, or at the very least, an obscure cult classic. At times I couldn't help but get this whole Taken meets Hostel reminiscent feeling, but that's what sets it apart from the others. This movie is full of unknown characters, yet it packs a powerful punch in terms of acting. Don't be fooled, I almost missed this and I'm glad I didn't because this is not a typical B-movie with bad actors, and a equally bad plot. Plus, as a woman, I appreciate the female victim becoming the heroine, or should I say, the timid female protagonist evolving into the dark antagonist.
Second of all, it was really refreshing to see that this movie starts off in New York because being that I am a Southerner; I was beginning to take it personally that these types of movies from Deliverance to I Spit On Your Grave all depict Southerners as toothless, uneducated, hillbillies who can't wait until some sophisticated Northerner comes down South only to be raped, terrorized, humiliated, and eventually killed.
Katie is a very naïve aspiring model on the streets of New York City, and being that she is from the Midwest it's easy to see upfront where she makes a lot of her mistakes. Katie needs a better portfolio, but she doesn't have the money to invest in a real photo shoot, so she ends up answering an add placed on a bulletin board promising free pictures to aspiring models. Pause...the fact that this could happen to anyone only makes it more scary. Katie did a lot of dumb things that young women do all the time. Now...Katie's first mistake was that she should have known there was a catch because nothing in this world is free. Also, when she got ready to do her photo shoot she went all alone, and this type of thing should not happen, but it does all the time that's why it's realistic.
After she shows up, there is another model already there, so it does give her a false sense of security, but you still get the feeling that the whole scene is uncomfortable and creepy from the very beginning. After she changes her clothes and starts to take the pictures the photographer asks her to take off all her clothes, and she stands her ground firmly by saying no. However, one of the predators on the set at the photo shoot has become smitten with her, and has begun to stalk her. That leads me to the next colossal mistake she made by leaving her front door open while she took her trash out. I don't care that it was just down the hall when it only takes a fraction of a second for someone to slip into your apartment; which unfortunately Katie finds out the hard way.
Just like the other movies you can count on the rape scenes being powerful and brutal. I cried several times, but this time around it was a little different because her assailant calls in his brothers as reinforcements to help him clean up the mess after he has done the deed. It is clear that this isn't a first for either of them, and they have a sick sense of twisted family loyalty. At this point, you begin to ask yourself why don't they just go ahead and kill her and get it over with? On the contrary, they have plans that are so much bigger for her. They actually plan to drug her and frame her for the murder of the building's maintenance man who was killed when he walked in on the attack in progress, but there's more. Katie is drugged, abducted, and taken to another country where she is forced into sexual enslavement, used as a toy, and raped repeatedly for amusement. The whole scene is disturbing while this young girl is chained up naked and tortured like an animal, and on top of everything else, her so-called escape is short-lived because she is betrayed by another woman who is supposed to be helping her. As you can expect, once they are done with her she is buried alive and left for dead. This is where it really gets good!
I couldn't help but root this girl on because she gave every single person involved exactly what they deserved. Katie's revenge is effective, well-done, and executed perfectly according to how they treated her. Forget two wrongs don't make a right; it's all about getting even. I loved it! I realize some people may have other expectations in what they like to see, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
"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+.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
I happen to enjoy thrillers and frightening movies. I saw the original I Spit on Your Grave and thought it was great, I was hoping "2" would be as well; I was not disappointed. This one actually put a little more scare into me and I found it to be one of my favorites. I think I watched it 3 or 4 times before taking it out of the DVD player (for now).
The thing about these movies, it can happen. That is what is so frightening, it I not filled with silly ghosts or monsters, it is filled with frightening reality...the kind that can give nightmares for months.
Do not hesitate to purchase this if you are on the fence about it...it is well worth it. I will be watching this as often as I can, I enjoyed it that much.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
I'm a huge fan of the first movie! So I was really excited for the sequel. The thing I like about this movie (I guess I should start calling it "movie series" now) is the fact that hate can surpass any other feeling, which is the biggest lesson from this movie.
Since this is a direct-to-video sequel, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first movie, but in my opinion, I think it's really awesome. If you can't stand scenes like really graphic violence, or rape, this movie isn't for you. I think I could stand it, but I was covering my eyes. Jemma Dallender plays an amazing victim, but an amazing revenger too! But the movie is not only filled of torture, it also has some shocking twists and turns that really shocked me the first time I saw it. There are some predictable things I would had changed, but overall it's a great film, you'll be shocked.
It just sucks that this movie didn't came out on theaters, because it had the potential to be a box office hit! I can't wait to get my copy, and I'm looking forward for part 3! Really recommended to fans of the remake and the original version, you'll love it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2014
The sequel to 2010's remake of I Spit On Your Grave, features a very similar storyline, however it takes torture and gore to whole other level. Unlike many Horror fans, I love blood and gore, but there has to be a line, and this film crossed it early and often. I've seen thousands of movies and a good portion of my collection is Horror, so I thought I'd seen it all, then comes this film. Using blood, puss, feces, and extreme genital mutilation, I Spit On Your Grave 2 is so extreme, that even I was wincing and turning away from the screen. The story is almost identical to the first, as a young woman is abducted, raped, tortured, and left for dead, but she survives and plans her brutal revenge. The first film took place in a cabin in the woods, while this one features a girl abducted by human traffickers and brought to Belarus. Other than the location and the extreme depravity, these films are nearly identical, yet the sequel gets two stars less than it's predecessor because it is much too long and it really is vile. I understand that Horror is a very hard genre to develop original ideas in, and I also understand that in order to stand out, one director is always trying to out do the other, but this movie is so beyond disgusting that it makes the Saw movies look like a Disney production. As for the cast, it is almost completely comprised of newcomers, and unlike the first there really isn't a whole lot of dialogue. Jemma Dallender stars, and while I appreciate that even pretending to have some of those things done to you must be rough, she really shows no personality. She's a victim from the second the film starts and transforms into a psychopath who simply repeats her captures lines to them as she tortures them back. The 2010 remake had a good story, was well thought out, and while it was pretty violent, it was within reason. I Spit On Your Grave 2 is nothing more than a snuff film, with scenes of things that people should never see. The first film was a must see movie, but as is often the case, you can really skip the sequel.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
It took over 25 years for someone to produce a sequel to the infamous 1970's seminal 'rape / revenge' epic: "I Spit on Your Grave" but barely 3 years to crank out a sequel to the sequel - which (for better or worse) says something in itself about the appeal of this particular perverse plot line to a segment of the population.
Having now viewed all 3 of the ISOYG (lord help us!) 'franchise' I would rate this most current take on the theme as a 'qualified' success. For anyone who hasn't had the 'pleasure' of experiencing the ISOYG phenom - the basic plot typically involves: a group of low life guys who horribly abuse & rape some poor sweet girl and leave her for dead - BUT - she, miraculously, resuscitates herself and returns to wreak equally horrible revenge upon her tormentors... roll credits.
The first two versions of this tale were set in some nebulous backwoods American locale (reminiscent of the inbred savagery originated in 'Deliverance') wherein the beleaguered 'writer' heroine (in both versions) is harassed by a gang of miscreant yokels. In searching for a way to 'refresh' this well worn plot the director has, this time, shifted the scene to the Big Apple (for starts) where aspiring 'model' Katie initially runs afoul of a clan of Euro-trash - then transports all of the action over to (everyone's NEW favorite creepy place) Eastern Europe - where, apparently, everyone is totally depraved and 'anything goes'! Despite the improbable aspects of transporting a girl in a box thru post 9/11 airport security so they can ship her back 'home' to Bulgaria - this plot device does add a nice extra touch of desperation to the situation.
Whereas the original "ISOYG" was ground-breakingly brutal in its' depiction of a harrowing-ly drawn out series of rapes - this most recent incarnation actually manages to 'up the ante' by adding a pile of heavy-duty torture porn to the mix with a decidedly sexual slant. While the indignities that this film's leading lady suffers are constructed to be so hideous that they literally cry out for righteous retribution - it does cause one to ponder about the impact & nature of the imagery presented. This is where ISOYG-2 began to remind me of the recent 'underground' horror porn sensation "A Serbian Film" - which also didn't 'hold back' in depicting horrific sexual violence towards women (and men!). But, where 'A Serbian Film" made some attempt at social relevancy by (purportedly) utilizing sexual violence as an analogy to comment on the 'destruction of civil & family values in post-war Serbia' - ISOYG-2 presents similar graphic sexual violence in a more formulaic manner, merely to rationalize the vengeance factor. It is to the credit of the lead actress and director that they actually manage to make the scenes of abuse SO disgusting that it removes any sense of titillation from the premise and shows it for the horrible thing that it is. This is a fine balancing act that turns what might have devolved to a grossly misogynistic foray - into a morality play, of sorts, and sorta 'saves' the film from becoming totally revolting.
This film is MUCH stronger in its cruelty and imagery than the 2010 re-make version. There is more female nudity displayed, the torture factor is upped appreciably upon the woman, and the, kharmic-ly precise!, acts of retribution that are ultimately dished out to the detestable male abusers are just about as grim as could be imagined. In a classical Biblical format of 'eye for an eye' justice - this film really provides that satisfying cum-uppance factor that fuels the rape/revenge genre.
In the aftermath of it all though, you gotta wonder - 'Where can they go from here'?! I think this screenplay pushes the envelop about as far as you can go in the brutality department without crossing the line. If you like this sort of stuff - I'd say that this version 'delivers the goods'. Personally, I am a fan of sick & twisted cinema so I sorta enjoyed this one within the context of the ISOYG 'franchise'- BUT - I'd caution that it is pretty heavy duty stuff and Adult Only fare! The only 'extras' on the disk are some limp 'deleted scenes'.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
Since I am a big fan of such movies (the revenge/torture genre), this was pretty good. It did not top the first one (the remake of the seventies movie--I have not seen the original, seventies movie though. I am sure to see it eventually). I liked the first one better due to better acting, the general appeal of the actors and stark creativity and explicitness/depiction of the torture scenes. . . Worth seeing if this genre appeals to you. . .
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
So I just sat through the movie I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 and have to say for a sequel it equals the first film. That is to say if you found the first film offensive and made with the sole intent of doing nothing more than attempting to be controversial and vomit inducing. Hmm maybe I should explain.
I've never been fond of the whole "torture porn" genre of films. Amazingly those who make these types of films get offended when they are placed in that category which is kind of surprising since these easily offended more often than not try to offend their viewers. When the film HOSTEL gained notoriety I went to see it and felt like I needed a shower afterwards. Most of these films have the thinnest of plot lines and almost all of the story involves trying to make an excuse to show people being tortured. I could be wrong but when people like Dick Smith, Rob Bottin and Rick Baker were attempting to push further the art of make up effects my guess is it wasn't so that a movie could focus around effects of this sort. After HOSTEL things didn't change much. Locations and victims perhaps but not a search for a more in depth story or for that matter a story at all.
The original film I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE was considered ground breaking because something like this had never been done before. Feminists flocked to it because you had a female character abused by males who then went on a revenge streak that culminated in all of her abusers dying and at least on castrated. I was never a big fan of the film but at least recognized it as a trail blazer and something that hadn't been done before. The remake was something else. It didn't attempt to further the story or make it new but simply retread the original story with one exception. Since time had gone by they could now up the ante when it came to how far they could go. Of course the majority of the things they went further on were the things done to the woman. I still wish someone would explain to me how stripping a woman down to no clothing, showing her being repeatedly raped and then tortured furthers the cause of feminism even if her protagonists all get their just desserts.
So let's talk about this new movie. Before I do so realize that this review will include some MAJOR SPOILERS so stop now if this is your type of film. I'm offering quite a bit in the hopes that most people will read and then be repulsed enough to bypass this film. The old characters are tossed aside and in their place are new ones. Had I been a bigger fan of the first film I would have realized that this wasn't the same character. Not realizing that I kept wondering how someone who went through all the things in the first movie could be stupid enough to do what she does here. New "heroine" Katie is a hostess at a restaurant in New York who wants to be a model. An agent tells her the pictures she has are too Midwest (always a bad thing according to people on both coasts) and need to be edgier. Katie sees a sign posted on a bulletin board stating that models can get their photo work done for free. Yeah, nothing seems wrong about something like this offer in New York.
Going to the photo shoot Katie's photographer and friends all have eastern European accents, another immediate sign that things won't go well. Except that characters in movies never notice bad signs. When she doesn't follow through with some of their requests she leaves. At home she wakes to find one of these guys in her apartment who then ties her up and rapes her. When her friend the custodian tries to help, he's killed. The rapists calls his friends, they drug Katie and take her away.
Katie wakes to find herself chained up in a basement on a dirty mattress. Ever notice how torture chambers and kidnapper's hideouts are always filthy? They must not have unionized yet. Katie screams but of course no one can hear her. She's raped by another of the bad guys. Eventually she escapes only to realize she's not in NY any longer. A police officer helps her and she finds out she's in Bulgaria. That was some date rape drug! The officer gets an assist from a woman who owns a shelter for battered women. Well, he doesn't realize it but the home is really not to help battered women but to supply them to BE battered. Yes, the house she takes Katie to is the same house she escaped from.
Katie is then raped and tortured some more, this time by a client of the woman who feels the need to use a cattle prod on Katie. I'll leave it up to your imagination how he chooses to do so but can tell you now that your imagination is probably correct. The group of original thugs decide the best thing to do is get rid of Katie so putting their minds together they decide to bury her alive in an equipment case in the cellar. Are you seeing how smart these guys are? I mean first off they don't actually kill her but bury her alive and secondly they do it in their own basement. But they're more stupid than that. It turns out the basement is on top of a series of tunnels beneath the city and the case drops through into one of them and Katie is set free.
From there we go to the moments of these films that fans wait for, the revenge portion. One by one she exacts her revenge on each of the members. One is tied up and sliced with a high degree of infection setting into his wounds. Another is drugged, nearly drowned in a urine filled toilet and then actually drowned in a toilet filled with liquid excrement. The woman is locked in a trunk of her own. And the last guy...well he wakes to find himself strapped to a table with his testicles locked in a vice. I guess this is another of those attempts at equality since we have full frontal male nudity rather than the usual female. A side story has had a priest who helped Katie after her second escape consulting with the earlier seen police officer who truly was unknowing of the part he played in her capture and who is now trying to help her.
So let's talk about the movie some rather than the plotline, which is thin at best. As I said early on this movie isn't about feminist's ideas or about empowering women. It's about exploitation and the worst kind at that. It's about showing a naked woman as the object of male supposed male fantasy. Abused in nearly every way possible this is not a way to show strength in a woman. And when about 70 of the films 106 minutes are her being abused and less than that about her revenge, it becomes clear that the exploitation of a woman is the theme here. Well that and torture of course.
I myself find no enjoyment in watching the torture of another human being for the sake of so called "entertainment". When watching say a terrorist vs. spy film and torture is used to coerce the subject into revealing where a bomb or kidnap victim is that's something else and it usually isn't used to the extent this film and its ilk use it. Those scenes are usually brief rather than taking up most of the screen time. These films are made simply for the freaks of the world who find enjoyment in the debasement of others.
It would be nice if someone made a kidnap movie or horror film that didn't involve how low we can go as a society. It would be nice if these films reached the popularity of the films that involved torture. A new generation has no idea who someone like Karloff or Lugosi were but think they know all about horror films and place ones like this on the top of their list. They completely miss the mark in doing so and it frightens me to think of what future film makers will come up with.
In the meantime after watching this film a thought kept coming back to me. Katie's last male victim. The last man she tortures literally has his testicles being squeezed slowly in a vice. Having sat through all 106 minutes of this film I think between the two of us he got the better end of the deal than I did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
Katie (Jemma Dallender) is a Midwestern farm girl who is in New York and desires to be a model. She does some free photography with some Russians and winds up abducted in Russia as a sex slave. If the title of the film has "spit" in it, we can rest assure it is a graphic rape/revenge film. If you have seen any of these "spit" films, you know the plot.
The film gives us some quick character buildup as Katie constructs a mouse trap from household items and then moves to the violent scenes. She can easily go into and out off a berserker mode.
I loved Jemma Dallender from "Community" and it appears she will be stuck in the horror genre for awhile, which is great for us horror film lovers. She has conquered the American accent with ease, but did we really need the "You Betcha" line?
I liked this film more than the other films by this name, but be warned it is graphic in its rape and abuse.
DVD includes some lame deleted scenes.
Perv Guide: F-bomb, rape, nudity (Jemma Dallender + male frontal), urination, torture, sexual torture. 4 stars on the rape/revenge genre film scale.