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I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

by

Jeff Nelson

This is only recommended to those who want to watch a brutal and fast paced horror flick.

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
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After seeing the original, I really wasn't sure whether or not to even bother with this. It wasn't my type of movie and it focused way too much on the rape and cut way down on the revenge. Luckily, the remake gives more weight to the revenge sequences.

Young Jennifer Hill rents a cabin to work on her first novel, but becomes a victim of being viciously raped multiple times. Now, the rapists will face her gruesome plot for revenge. The plot hasn't changed whatsoever and stays true to what the was set out to do. The screenplay hasn't improved in terms of dialogue. Fortunately, the film does improve on pacing. It's faster paced and Jennifer Hill has definitely changed as a character compared to the original. She's been successfully modernized in terms of her dialogue and her personality. The biggest complaint I have with her character is that her descent into madness feels very artificial. Jennifer Hill starts off like any normal city woman and instantly changes in her tone of speaking and choice of words. Of course, any character with this happening to them will change, but it shouldn't feel this forced.

Each character is cast correctly and all of them fit their parts. Sarah Butler definitely has the look, even if she's not much of a good actress.The rest of the cast ranges from mediocre to alright. Nobody stands out above the rest and some dialogue is recited so poorly that it comes across as very forced. There are some lines where it's the opposite and it feels very natural and makes the film feel all the more unsettling.

For such an incredibly low budget film, I'm surprised how good the movie looks. The gross-out gags look ultra-realistic. The camera work is done well, with the exception of the shaky cam in the forest. Lighting is great and it looks better than anticipated.

It's unbearably hard to recommend this movie. The only other people in the theater with me were squirming and a few others walked out. It's very hard to watch this movie. The rape scenes aren't quite as intense as in the original, but still are difficult scenes to view. The revenge scenes are much more extreme than in the original, offering a lot more disturbing kills. This film is in theaters without a rating and they are being much more strict with this than they were with Hatchet II. Most theaters won't allow anyone under the age of 18 in, even with a parent or guardian. I Spit on Your Grave (2010) is a tad better than the original, but is still very flawed. This is only recommended to those who want to watch a brutal and fast paced horror flick.

My Rating = Three Stars

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