This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“I Spit on Your Grave 2”
A sequel to a remake of one of the most controversial and horrifically sleazy horror flicks of all time sounds like a dubious pedigree, and that’s a good measure of the third-hand brand of nasty provocation offered in “I Spit on Your Grave 2” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
The 1977 original and the 2010 remake were both largely reviled by mainstream critics – most famously in reasoned and passionate takedowns by Roger Ebert – as sheer, unredeemable, misogynistic pieces of trash cinema.
“Grave 2” essentially piles on more of the same hardcore gore-fest stuff and seems to exist solely to titillate fans of this sort of thing and capitalize on the low-down brand name of the title.
This wholly unnecessary sequel is directed by Steven R. Monroe (who also helmed the 2010 remake) and focuses on a struggling fashion model named Katie (Jemma Dallender), who accepts an offer for a photo shoot and quickly finds herself plunged into an unimaginable nightmare of kidnapping, rape and torture.
True to formula, she eventually manages to escape – battered, bruised and spiritually broken – and after a brief, unconvincing rehab sets off on an absurd and extended (ad nauseam) quest to extract brutal, bloody revenge on her abusers.
It’s all simple-minded and primal and more than a little tasteless, ugly and distressingly exploitative. That there’s a market for this sort of thing is undeniable. But here’s one DVD that flies under the radar and deserves to crash and burn under the weight of its own appalling cynicism.
“I Spit on Your Grave 2” is rated R (for strong sadistic violence, torture and rape, graphic nudity, language and some drug content) and runs 101 minutes. It’s being released by Starz/Anchor Bay.
- Dennis King