I am not a big fan of rape/revenge movies. It’s a genre that I just don’t get. Is it supposed to be fun watching innocent women getting brutally raped and the exacting revenge in even more vicious ways? Obviously, there is a target audience for these films, but it’s just not me.
Having recently watched the original I Spit on Your Grave, I decided to check this one out in the theater. This was my first mistake. I felt like a guy going into a seedy porno shop. This was amplified by the fact that there were approximately 15 other guys in the theater. Zero Women. Most of the guys were sulking, wearing sunglasses, trench coats and generally trying to pretend they weren’t in a theater about to watch a film in which a woman is beaten and raped for 40 minutes.
And that is pretty much exactly the first 40 minutes or so of the film. It’s not funny. It’s not satirical. It’s not over the top. It’s simply graphic rape presented in a matter of the fact way. This is what dumb rednecks do for fun. Here, watch how they rape her, take notes, and enjoy a woman being forced into a disgusting situation. But just remember, it is okay because the rednecks eventually get what is coming to them. You can use this as a way of justifying the film.
Once the girl escapes, and she always escapes, the tables are turned. Now we have violence against men. Up until this point, I actually thought, as a remake, this new version was right on target (for the genre). Where the first film depicted her revenge in the same matter of fact manner as the earlier rape, the new version decides to make the girl the Jigsaw of rape/revenge films. This eliminates all sense of realism, the key ingredient in the first film. What’s left is sh*t.
She concocts all sorts of ridiculous ways to kill off the dumb rednecks. Most of them are either highly improbable or completely impossible. The final kill(s) being the prime example of just how stupid and worthless this trash is. She ties the Sherriff down, stuffs a shotgun up his ass (he was an “Ass man” after all), ties a string to the trigger, loops the string around the room through a series of hooks, and finally ties the other end of the string to the passed out retard’s finger. This way, when the retard wakes up, he will move, the trigger will pull, the shotgun blast will tear through the Sherrif’s ass, and the also kill the retard. It’s f*cking stupid. There are plenty of Saw movies out there if I wanted to watch this kind of garbage.
So, for the first time pretty much ever, I agree with Ebert about a horror (well, sorta horror) movie.
Snore Factor: ZZZZZ (Terrible)