Harley Jane Kozak
THIS REVIEW IS BASED UPON THE RETAIL BLU-RAY RELEASE PROVIDED BY ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT CANADA FOR REVIEW
It’s 2015, and I Spit On Your Grave has become a full-on franchise. Let that sink in for a moment. When the original 1978 Meir Zarchi written and directed I Spit On Your Grave (or Day Of The Woman as some people may know it as) it had an incredible amount of negative publicity due to its extended rape scene and graphic violence. Truthfully, it’s nowhere near as graphic as its made out to be. Nevertheless, it wasn’t likely going to be on the list of movies that could easily be remade to cash in on its name value. But it was remade in 2010, and while it was certainly a lot slicker than the original, it paid decent homage and retained the brutality of the original. It would be followed by an in-name only sequel in 2013, and now with this third entry it brings back Jennifer Hills from the 2010 remake to continue her story.
Suffering from visions of her brutal attack and rape in the original film, Hills (Sarah Butler) has attempted to move on with her life, to no avail. She has changed her name, found a new job and seeing a psychiatrist. Towards the beginning of the film, she decides to join a therapy group for victims of rape, where she befriends Marla (Landon), a fellow rape survivor who now refuses to put up with anyone’s bullshit. The pair instantly form a bond, and even take some justice to the stepfather of a young girl in their group. Things finally seem to be falling into place, and “Angela” even starts being friendlier and more open with those around her. Things take a nosedive however, when Marla starts acting weird and implies that she has let her ex-boyfriend (the one who initially raped her) into her life. Upon arriving to group one night, she is told that Marla has been murdered, and her boyfriend is the prime suspect. Sadly after the scumbag slips through the cracks of the judicial system, “Angela” decides to start taking justice into her own hands the only way she knows how.
Let’s be honest, nobody really watches these particular movies for the storylines. While the original film could be argued as a female empowerment movie, most of that went out the window with the remake, and even more so with this sequel. What draws most people in is the promise of a grimy and dirty horror flick with some brutality sprinkled in. And while there is less brutality in this installmDougent, mostly due to the fact that there is no extended rape scene, the film isn’t afraid to get its hands wet with blood. Arguably the most brutal scene of the film contains “Angela” taking vengeance on a stepfather who has been partaking in some extracurricular activities with his stepdaughter. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s say it involves a rather large steel pipe and some lubricant.
Sarah Butler is once again stand out in her role as the woman pushed too far with a maniacal edge, and while the majority of the cast does just fine in their roles, the other standouts in the film would have to be Jennifer Landon as the woman who befriends Hills and leads to her mental break, as well as Doug McKeon as Oscar, the solitary male member of the support group.
There is likely not going to be anyone calling I Spit On Your Grave 3 a classic in any way shape or form. But as I’ve mentioned already, movies like this don’t exist for that reason. They exist to throw on in the background when you feel like just unwinding and letting some civilian justice unfold on your screen. And in that regard, ISOYG3 more than succeeds.
You can get your copy of I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine wherever you find your blu-ray or DVD movies, and that isn’t afraid to sell some brutality in their horror section.