If your going to model or act, you need to have pictures for your portfolio. These can be rather pricey unless you find someone willing to do them for free. But for Katie, nothing is free, but she will return the favor.
Torture porn. Gorno. Gore films. Splatter films. Call it whatever you want, it has made quite a trendy comeback in the past decade. Sure, this subgenre of horror is made at least once a year, but has been more frequent for mainstream viewing. No, not A Serbian Film. That isn't quite a household name, but it has made its rounds on the internet living up to its notoriously violent nature. I'm speaking of films like The Last House on the Left, Hostel and Irreversible. More so the remakes like The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. These have literally added gore and rape for the sake of shock. Don't get me wrong, I love a movie that doesn't hold back on the blood and gore makeup, but, do we really need to see a ten minute rape scene? The argument of artistic is invalid. It's absolutely unnecessary, much like doing a sequel for I Spit on Your Grave, but they did it anyways.
I Spit on Your Grave 2 is the follow up to the remake in 2010. When it was first announced, I was a little confused, but then I realized what they were going to do. Tell the same story over again, but this time make the creeps european instead of southern imbeciles. The first one was done well, so, why wouldn't this one be so great?
Here's the story of a lovely lady who wants to get some free pictures taken of her. Turns out the photographers are creepers who want her to take her clothes off for a few nude photos. She says no and storms out. One of the gentlemen, who seemed to be nice, brings her a flash drive, to her apartment, of the photos she had taken before being asked if she'd take her clothes off. A little hesitant and further creeped out, but she takes the flash drive. Somehow this guy gets into her bedroom and takes photos of her while she sleeps. Obviously she wakes up, things get out of control, her roommate gets stabbed to death, she gets violated and then they ship her off to Bulgaria.
Yes, she eventually gets her revenge, but it really isn't soon enough. I know it's setup to have you feel sympathy and make the revenge part of the film that much more enjoyable, but the first half of this film really drags. I can see setting up for what happens to her in Bulgaria, but showing it doesn't really add to the story. Sure, there's a little twist with her escaping, but the director could have easily just cut to them burying her. Not to mention, it's the same director, Steven R. Monroe, from the first remake! Was the first one being quite well made an accident? How did we go from that to something shouldn't have even bothered with?
The acting is terrible. You don't feel sorry for main character. You want her to take an acting course. When she's picked up by the detective and he reveals to her that she's in Bulgaria, I feel like I can guarantee she learned all her acting skills from watching episodes of Intervention. Everyone else was just as bad, but Jemma Dallender, who plays Katie, is the most memorable of them all. Remember how gritty the revenge was in the previous I Spit on your Grave? How it was brutal, yet satisfying see Jennifer perform castration? That's gone. All we get here is bad acting, bad puns (if that's what they were suppose to be) and lackluster revenge tactics.
I knew I shouldn't have expected much from a sequel of a remake. However, I do think that if you're going to do quite well with the first, you should probably deliver for the second. Even if you are a fan of films like this, I Spit on Your Grave 2 is a hard, but sad to say, pass. For what it is, it runs too long, the acting is bad and it just doesn't deliver what you'd expect for a follow up to it's predecessor. If you are someone as curious as I am and have to see it, make sure it's free to watch.
Rotten Tomatoes: 2.8/10