Let’s start this out with a baseline by which to establish the reader that will benefit from this review. Do you like rape/revenge movies? Yes? Proceed. No. Consider something lighter and fluffier. Something with Care Bears, but fuck knows some of those are even a little creepy. Did you like the original I Spit on Your Grave? Yes? Proceed. No? I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a bit edgier in terms of modern Horror violence but not as heavy on the rapey shit, so you may be able to stomach part 3. Part 1 and 2… maybe not so much because they have modern day rapey in edition to modern day Horror violence. Did you enjoy the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and the sequel? Yes. Then this will probably fit right into your wheelhouse. No. Then this will probably make you gag and you’ll have to write your own blasted write up about how modern day Horror is regurgitating the successes of Cult Horror from the 70’s and bore us to death. Now… let’s write a review for those of you who LIKED the remakes, who enjoy rape/revenge movies and understand that they aren’t about objectifying women, but are about empowering them and who don’t feel the need to make the college kid argument that all Horror is dead.
I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a follow up to the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and it even features Sarah Butler. I though the remake was stellar with plenty of gut churning revenge, painful rape sequences that got me angry and hatable bad guys that deserved everything they got. Sarah Butler was fantastic. It’s a different performance than Camille Keaton from the original picture, but equally good and important for a modern day audience. She’s also an incredibly nice person as I had the chance to briefly meet her at Chiller Theatre. What you get in part 3 is something completely different than the remake.
Part 3 is a hard hitting revenge film. You actually get out of seeing a vicious rape sequence and simply have to be hear about it in prolonged group therapy sessions that are moderately funny at times meant to accentuate some of the personalities that might be considered stereotypes of group therapy. This movie showcases the dominance of the individual to achieve change over the group so the cheap shots it takes at the group therapy environment serve that purpose. Once the movie turns on and the continued revenge and vigilantism begins, all the stops are pulled out and the creativity of our filmmaker begins. I wouldn’t say that Part 3 is as creative in terms of violence as the remake or the sequel, but it’s enjoyable, energetic and vicious.
Perhaps where Part 3 fails is in its lack of reestablishing the anger in the audience member. If you haven’t recently watched the remake or any other rape/revenge picture you’re kind of in the lurch to feel that sense of internal anger that makes you love the revenge sequence so much more. You want to root for the main character and you do, but you don’t get that same punch in the gut that you do from the remake. It’s not something that kills the movie and there is a sequence mid-way through the picture that is meant to reestablish that victimization of a female character. It just isn’t as strong when Butler isn’t the focal point unfortunately.
I enjoyed I Spit on Your Grave, the original, the remake and both sequels and advise you to pick it up if you can take it and if you aren’t going to watch it with an eye on the original with a check list of things that you think were better in the original. Different movies completely and it should be treated as such.
From Anchor Bay:
Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is still tormented by the brutal sexual assault she endured years ago (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2010). She’s changed identities and cities, reluctantly joining a support group where she begins to piece together a new life. But when her new friend’s murderer goes free and the tales of serial rapists haunt her, Jennifer will hunt down the men responsible and do what the system won’t – make them pay for their crimes in the most horrific ways imaginable. Only this time, no jury may be able to save her. Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon, and Gabriel Hogan co-star in this unforgiving, unmerciful and uncut new chapter of one of the most notorious franchises in movie history.