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Review: Ashley Hilts Dissects the ‘I Spit On Your Grave’ Series of Films



Review: Ashley Hilts Dissects the 'I Spit On Your Grave' Series of Films

Previously, I covered the original 1978 I Spit On Your Grave (here) and gave it a pretty glowing review considering the subject matter. I promised to come back and discuss the films that followed it. Are they worth watching? Are they easier or harder to sit through? Let’s find out!

I’ve already discussed the 2010 remake in my review of the original. I will not be covering that here except to tell you to watch it. I Spit On Your Grave 2 does not pick up where the first left off. In fact, we have an all new character, Katie. Katie is an aspiring model who receives an offer for a free photoshoot. Upon arriving to the shoot, she meets three brothers. She is asked to take topless photos but she declines and leaves. Later that evening, one of the brothers shows up to her home and apologizes for the issues at the shoot and offers her a flashdrive of her photos. The brother returns to her apartment again and this time, it doesn’t go as smoothly.

All three brothers end up attacking Katie and she is also forcefed drugs and kidnapped by the trio. Katie wakes up in a basement tied to a mattress in an entirely different country. As these films go, Katie suffers various forms of abuse. But no worries, she does get the chance to take her revenge.

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If you enjoyed the first movie for what it is, then you will also like this one. A new element is added. We get the added terror of being forcefully drugged and being trafficked to a new country. This particular series is all about the woman coming out on top in the end and this one is no different. Katie gets her revenge in a very satisfying string of events. As expected, this one also suffered a lot of criticism. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. The cinematography is great. The acting is wonderful. It’s just a hard watch and that’s okay. It’s supposed to be.

I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine brings back our new age Jennifer Hills. We see Jennifer living her life after her attacks. She is no longer writing and is instead a crisis hotline operator. She attends a group therapy with other victims of trauma. She has no trust in men at all and uses this to bond with another girl from group therapy. This new friend proves to be a bad influence on Jennifer and takes her vigilante justice to a new level.

This is a different kind of movie. We do see Jennifer Hills taking out people that deserve to be taking out. However, don’t expect to receive the same level of satisfaction. The film is also very slow. I just feel like this movie missed a large opportunity. As a fan of the first movie, I would have loved to see the aftermath. Seeing Jennifer Hills live her day to day life. Maybe even taking a look at the legal aspect of what happened. While the film starts out strong, it ends poorly. I’d say it’s safe to skip this one but it isn’t completely insufferable.

I Spit On Your Grave 3 Vengeance is Mine Still

In 2019, fans of the original rejoiced when a direct sequel to the 1978 film was released. I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu looked very promising. With original director Meir Zarchi pulling the strings and Camille Keaton reprising her role as Jennifer Hills, this sequel looked very promising. Zarchi had actually written the script before the 2010 remake but shelved it to give room to the remake and its sequels. It probably should’ve stayed that way.

The film takes place 40 years after the events of the first film. It opens with Jennifer Hills meeting her daughter Christie for lunch. Here, we find out that Jennifer has become a best selling author with her memoir about her attacks. She has also taken up being a rape counselor and that also seems to be going well. When Jennifer and Christie leave the restaurant, they are approached by two sketchy characters who claim they would like Jennifer to autograph a copy of her book. It turns out, these aren’t fans. These are family members of two of the men she took her revenge on 40 years earlier. In fact, several of the family members have been plotting to take revenge on Jennifer Hills for many years. The film turns into a cat and mouse game.

***SPOILER*** The biggest downfall of the film is that Jennifer Hills is killed off and the film mostly centers of Christy. Big family secrets come to light but as we know, Christy will be the one having the last laugh. ***END SPOILER***

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This was a major disappointment to fans of the original. The films doesn’t make logical sense. The acting is terrible or maybe the characters are just written badly. It suffers the same set backs as the direct sequel to the remake. We did not need rape and revenge here. The audience would have been just fine to see Jennifer again and how she was continue to cope. At the minimum, we want to see Jennifer as the badass woman that we know she is and we were robbed of that experience. Just skip this one. It’s too lengthy for what it is, it has no redeeming qualities. Even the “plot twist” isn’t really surprising at all.

We all know that the original is always better. That’s not to say that in some film franchises, there haven’t been great sequels. I Spit On Your Grave was an influential masterpiece that will keep being talked about. The remake does an amazing job doing it justice. I Spit On Your Grave 2 is worth the watch. However, that seems to be where the films run its course. Watch the first 3. Skip the last 2. And we will continue to keep our eyes peeled for what the future of the film holds.