I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine
It was an interesting direction to take the franchise, but it’s a bit of a sideswipe.
I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine is technically a truer sequel than I Spit on Your Grave 2, as it directly follows the I Spit on Your Grave remake.
The Victim form that movie, understandably has never gotten over what happen to her in that movie. She’s doing counseling, but it’s not helping her get back into the world at all. Then she meets a friend in group therapy that gets her to open up, but when her new buddy gets killed attempting to seek revenge on the man that raped her, Jennifer becomes fed up and decides it’s it’s time to…Spit on people’s Graves (I don’t know if that’s what the title references).
It starts off slow and the format seems to have nothing to do with the other rape/revenge movies in the genre. It does have it’s brutally gruesome moments, but nowhere near what the other two have. Feels like the genre is growing up to fit into this time of Feminist equality, with the focus more on the mental rape rather than the physicality of it, and as such it seems to lose the violence that the other movies focus on. Not that the violent revenge on the rapist were not horrifying, but in the importance to tell the audience why this is happening it looses the violent intake.
Also grasp on the superhero elements in the movie that also seems to be up on the current vibe of cinema. Jennifer plays it out like a vigilante seeking vengeance for all those that did wrong. I did really like this part, because I’m huge fan of Vengeance, and like the sub title suggest, this is what the whole film is about.
Plus there is a pretty awesome twist to the film. I thought early on I saw where the movie was going and it turns out it completely did something else.
So, it’s a rape/revenge movie that skips the rape and focus on the revenge, which changes the genre enough that you have to be prepared for the complete 180.