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.
So, sequels in a well known franchises are typically mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised by I Spit on Your Grave 3! This movie kicks ass and will have you cheering on Angela AKA Jennifer when she turns up the crazy! There are intense scenes of gore that made me, a lover of the darkness, flinch and hide beneath my jacket. The plot cuts to the quick and doesn’t insult loyal fans of the series with stupid, meaningless directions no one cares about and most people skip.
We find Jennifer calling herself Angela as she attempts to create a fresh start with a new job, apartment, and even a rape support group where she meets a fast friend named Marla. Although “Angela” is almost painfully normal Marla offsets her as one of those gothic, don’t-care-about-the-world friends and her role, though brief, adds a lighter element to freshen up the heavy topic of rape. Unfortunately, Marla is murdered fairly quickly and the pleasant Angela we have gotten to know turns back into crazy Jennifer Hills.
Jennifer reminds me a little of Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman from Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2) in that when Beatrix is having a flashback or is about to kill anyone, a siren goes off and she gets an intense, crazy look on her face. Throughout the movie, Jennifer will make a similar look before she kills men in gruesome ways and I thought about the Beatrix siren noise throughout the film.
This is an excellent addition to the series and is worth a watch, especially since Sarah Butler is a fantastic actress and the continuity from the original 2010 film is intact. All the movies, especially this one, are extremely authentic, with realistic torture scenes, and most importantly, don’t make fun or light of the issue of women being raped.
I wish Jennifer Hills was a real person that took revenge on savage men that terrorize women and children when the justice system fails them.
Wicked Rating: 6/10
Director(s): R.D. Braunstein
Writer(s): Daniel Gilboy
Stars: Sarah Butler, Jennifer Landon
Release: October 20, 2015 (DVD)
Studio/ Production Co: Anchor Bay
Length: 92 Minutes
Sub-Genre: Crime, Horror, and Thriller