I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

Don't watch this movie. Don't watch any of the previous movies, either. It's not that they are (strictly speaking) bad movies, but they are really, really intense and emotionally distressing, as there are so many scenes that are so damn hard to watch. I've seen every Saw movie. I have seen more serial killers, dismemberments, torture, and various abuse in movies than I can remember. I'd say that I've become generally desensitized to depictions of violence on the screen.

I saw the original 1978 I Spit on Your Grave many years ago, and I will admit that I only half-watched it while doing something else. It's been so long, I can't remember much of the movie beyond a vague recollection of violence and revenge.

I watched the remake from 2010, and that movie was very difficult to watch. The depiction of rape, castration, and various other very bad things was conceptually distressing and spiritually draining. However, it has been a few years, so the shock wore off. So, I guess it was about time for the sequel to come around and remind me that I am a human with emotions who can be scarred.

I have no idea what the rated version of this movie looks like, but I certainly hope it is significantly tamer than this visceral sequence of horrible stuff that happens. I remember the first movie being bad, but the revenge portion of the movie was significantly longer than the setup. Not so in this movie. And that is not to say that the revenge portion is significantly easier to watch than the setup.

Jemma Dallender is a young and aspiring model who has moved to New York from somewhere in the midwest. She is told by an agent that she needs a new portfolio, and any photographer will charge at least $2k. She finds a not-at-all-sketchy offer for free pictures, and very bad things happen from there. And the bad things continue to happen. I would describe them, but I'm not going to. In fact, I'm going to try to forget them. Let's just say the picture to the right is the tamest screen grab I could include.

Acting was surprisingly not that bad
Special effects were pretty bad
Directing was good
Story was gut-wrenchingly difficult to watch
Dialog was canned

I give it this rating because it was done well enough, but DO NOT see it.


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