I Spit on your Grave 2 (2013)
Written By: S.P.
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Steven R. Monroe
Screenwriter: Neil Elman, Thomas Fenton
Producer: Lisa M. Hansen, Paul Hertzberg
Date Released: August 25, 2013
Jemma Dallender as Katie Carter
Yavor Baharov as Georgy
Joe Absolom as Ivan
Aleksandar Aleksiev as Nicolai
Mary Stockley as Ana
Valentine Pelka as Father Dimov
Georgi Zlaterev as Detective Kiril
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Katie Carter is an aspiring model living in New York who works as a waitress to make ends meet. Needing new modeling photos for her portfolio, yet not having the means to pay a professional, Katie stumbles upon an advertising for a free photo shoot. Immediately, she replies to the ad and eventually meets with three Bulgarian brothers in a shady old basement. After refusing to do a topless shot, Katie hastily leaves in disgust.
That following evening, she wakes up to find one of the brothers in her room taking photographs of her. Panicked, she tries to escape but to no avail. After this first disturbing rape scene, the other two brothers are called to help clean up the mess. Katie is bound and forced to ingest ketamine. She later wakes up to another one of the brothers raping her. She is shackled in a dark, barren basement and repeatedly raped and treated like an animal. Eventually, Katie manages to wound one of her perpetrators and escapes only to find herself in an unfamiliar country. Panicked, and naked on the streets of Bulgaria, she is stopped by a police officer or so she thinks. With the movie only being half way done at this point, the audience can assume that the worst is yet to come.
She of course is brought back to where she was initially held captive. After the brothers had decided that they’ve had enough of her, Katie is left to die and is buried alive in a large crate. By fluke, the weight of crate falls through the ground into the local sewer system. Needless to say, Katie manages to escape and strategically plans her revenge.
Similar to its predecessor, each particular death that is inflicted upon her wrongdoers have a deeper metaphoric significance. Her first kill is upon the man who initially raped her. She ties him up and repeats the same sentences he said to her while he was raping her. Only this time she is the one inflicting the pain on him. She cuts deeply into his skin and smears fecal matter on the wounds. All of this is done while she snaps photos of him just as he did to her. This death scene is not particularly as gory as the rest but it is enjoyable to watch nonetheless. There are however two deaths near the end of the film that are particularly long, elaborate and very gory. In order not to spoil any of these scenes, I will only say that some parts would be especially painful for male viewers. Overall, the special effects are well done and not too exaggerated.
The Grave Review
I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) is a rape and revenge film directed by Steven R. Monroe. It is a sequel of I Spit on your Grave which was released in 2010 by the same director. The film stars Jemma Dallender as the victim and Joe Absolom as one of the main perpetrators. Both films, as well as the third installment are based off the original I Spit on your Grave which was directed by Meir Zarchi and released in 1978. The film is not to be viewed as a continuation of the first. Rather, it brings forth a completely new cast, new characters and a surprising new location. The film does however retain, of course, the plot and theme of rape and revenge.
I personally enjoyed this film and significantly more than the first one. I particularly enjoyed the drastic change of scenery that we get by being brought to a foreign country. The eerie Eastern European vibe worked very well in creating suspense and a feeling of hopelessness for the protagonist. Waking up in a foreign country, not being able to speak the language and thus not being able to ask for help is quite the frightening thought. The gore was well done and although the movie as a whole was quite unrealistic. The main theme has been consistent on all the films which is revenge. It is always a welcome treat that the bad guys get the punishment they deserve.
Based on the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) three graves and five graves.
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