14th Oct2015

‘I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Sarah Butler, Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon, Gabriel Hogan, Harley Jane Kozak, Michelle Hurd, Megan Raich, Russell Charles Pitts, Karen Strassman, Andrew Dits, Adam Dunnells, Christopher Hoffman, Alissa Juvan | Written by Daniel Gilboy | Directed by R.D. Braunstein

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Yep, this the third film (and probably won’t be the last) in the revamped franchise, but is actually the sequel to the remake which makes the second film that much more useless and quite frankly unneeded. That being said, as absurd as the plot of the second entry is, it does have one thing going for it that this film does not; actual entertainment value. Oh boy, this is going to be tough!

In a nutshell, I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine sees Sarah Butler reprise her role as Jennifer Hills. She finds herself in therapy. She then proceeds to tell us about her experiences with a support group she becomes a part of. It’s here were she meets Marla (Jennifer Landon), an arrogant, loud and obnoxious woman who looks straight out of a mid 2000′s pop punk music video. When she’s not being childishly lewd, she’s also something of a sexist. Yep, expect the “all men are potential rapists” narrative a lot from here on in. Marla and Jennifer become close, but as is the case with a set up like this, Marla is murdered by her abusive boyfriend. This and hearing other group members harrowing tales of injustice lead the already quite unhinged Jennifer to dish out the only justice she knows, bloody and brutal murder.

When she isn’t dishing out some genuinely well staged punishment, she’s constantly imagining violence aimed at the people she doesn’t like and quite frankly acts like a complete dick to her work colleague Matthew (Russell Charles Pitts). What is his crime? Being nice to her and innocently hitting on her. It seems her attitude isn’t just annoying this reviewer, as detectives McDylan (Gabriel Hogan) and Boyle (Michelle Hurd) begin to not only suspect her, but lose impatience for her sheer arrogance. Will they catch her? Oh, who cares… There’s a few twists and turns here and there, but they won’t come as a surprise to most people.

As you can probably guess, I wasn’t really fond of this effort.

Where do I begin? Is it the clear sexism throughout? Is it the cringe inducing dialogue? Maybe the fact that nearly everyone in the film is an arrogant and unlikeable arse? Or maybe it’s the fact that aside from one or two semi decent kills, there are really no memorable moments. The Jennifer we see in this film is nothing like the Jennifer we see evolve in the remake. What we have here is a woman that makes the majority of Tumblr feminists look like rational human beings. Rape is something I have never experienced personally, nor something that has affected someone who I know on a personal level and it goes without saying that rape and those who commit it are abhorrent, but this film really tackles the subject matter in a clumsy way.

In fact, this whole film is a clumsy mess. There was so much potential with carrying on Jennifer’s story and this completely missed the mark. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very well shot and edited, but that’s about the only good thing I can say. I would give credit to Sarah Butler, but this is the wrong film for her character (this to me is not Jennifer Hills) and performance. If the story was different, maybe.

All in all, if you have time to kill, maybe give it a try. The second film may have been an absurd mess, but at least it had something going for it. Let’s hope they don’t butcher this franchise anymore because if this is what we can expect from now on, count me out. This should have been a powerful film, but was quite frankly tedious.

I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine will be available on DVD & Blu-ray from Platform Entertainment from October 26th.

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