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I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2-United States-106 Mins. 2013

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Jemma Dallender as Katie in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Jemma Dallender as Katie in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Joe Absalom as Ivan in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Joe Absolom as Ivan in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Yahov Baharoff as Georgy in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Yahov Baharoff as Georgy in I Spit on Your Grave 2

Aleksandar Aleksiev as Nicolay in I Spit on Your Grave 2 (Image not from film)

Aleksandar Aleksiev as Nicolay in I Spit on Your Grave 2 (Image not from film)

Mary Stockley as Ana in I Spit on Your Grave 2 (Image not from film)

Mary Stockley as Ana in I Spit on Your Grave 2 (Image not from film)

Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Written by Neil Elman and Thomas Fenton

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.-

Romans 12:19

I always have mixed emotions about a film like I Spit on Your Grave 2. There’s that part of me that wants Katie (Jemma Dallender, Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker) to wring every measure of revenge out of the men, Ivan (Joe Absolom, Hatfields and McCoys), Georgy (Yahov Baharoff, Tilt), Nicolay (Aleksandar Aleksiev, Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit) and Valko (Peter Silverleaf, Fierce Creatures) who brutally rape her, and the woman, Ana (Mary Stockley, The Woman in Black) who allows it to happen, until the sweat dripping from her brow has the sweet scent of satisfaction. But then, there is also that part of me that feels guilty about sitting back in the comfort of my chair and watching a woman being brutally raped in the first place. I Spit on Your Grave 2 begs questions. Is rape entertainment? There have been a total of three films with the I Spit on Your Grave title; the original 1978 film (aka Day of the Woman), the 2010 remake and this, the sequel to that remake. The original film and I Spit on Your Grave 2 have a 5.6 rating on IMDb.com; while the remake ranks a 6.3. I find it hard to believe that people favor these films because of their high production values; yet again there have been three films so somebody out there likes them.

Is it the revenge angle of the story? Katie takes vengeance on her rapists in imaginative ways; infection, electrocution, suffocation and finally a method that makes the castration scene in Hostel Part II seem like foreplay. I’ll be the first to admit that after the first half of the film was spent with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach I spent the second half with a smile on my face. Rape is not entertainment in any way, shape or form. However, and not to speak lightly, watching the woman who has been raped take satisfying revenge is entertainment indeed.

You’ll notice that I haven’t included a summary or synopsis so to speak, of the plot of I Spit on Your Grave 2. Why should I? I reviewed the two previous films; the plot is the exact same as it was before. To be honest with you I don’t even know if this article even qualifies as a review. How do you review rape? What’s that? It’s just fiction, you say? That is true; but it is fiction based on cold reality. The cold reality of I Spit on Your Grave 2 is that I pray that there is not an I Spit on Your Grave 3. If there is then I honestly don’t know if I want to live in this world anymore.

I rate I Spit on Your Grave 2 with 2 and a half out of 5 blood drops based on a strong performance from Jemma Dallender as Katie. Forgive me if that doesn’t satisfy you. I did my best.

TRIVIA

At the box office, the film made US$809 for the week it was released at one theater.

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GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2

GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2-Canada/United States-95 Min. 2012

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Richard Harmon as Alex Wright

Richard Harmon as Alex Wright

Sean Rogerson as Sean Rogerson (Lance Preston)

Sean Rogerson as Sean Rogerson (Lance Preston)

Leanne Lapp as Jennifer Parker

Leanne Lapp as Jennifer Parker

Dylan Playfair as Trevor Thompson

Dylan Playfair as Trevor Thompson

Stephanie Bennett as Tessa Hamill

Stephanie Bennett as Tessa Hamill

Directed by John Poliquin

Written by The Vicious Brothers

I have a question concerning Grave Encounters 2: If Grave Encounters sucked so badly as a horror film then why in the hell would you want to make a sequel? Now that I’ve asked that question allow me to ask this question: why in the hell would you make a sequel to a bad movie that, aside from the beginning 30-35 minutes of a group of  film students arguing as to the validity of the first film (film geek Alex (Richard Harmon, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Trick ‘r’ Treat) thinks the first movie is real; friends Jennifer (Leanne Lapp, Snowmageddon), Trevor (Dylan Playfair) and Tessa (Stephanie Bennett, In the Dark) think he’s full of crap) is an exact copy of the previous film? I seriously considered using my review of Grave Encounters as a template to write my review of Grave Encounters 2. Don’t worry (or do), I didn’t. Grave Encounters was crap. Grave Encounters 2 is the same crap re-heated and served to a us on steaming plate of self-importance.

NO TRIVIA FOR THIS FILM

NO BLOOD DROPS

A Q and A with Jody S. Dean

Jody Dean is an independent filmmaker. His film is entitled “Don’t Go on the Trail”. He was kind enough to grant me an informal Q and A. Check it out.

Let’s do this. First of all, can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what lead you to pursue a career in film making?

Well, my name is Jody Dean; I was born and raised in Largo Florida. I’m 28 years old. I’m a father to a beautiful little girl and a handsome young man. I have the best girlfriend in the world; she even plays the role of being a personal assistant on set/script supervisor. I have been addicted to good horror films since I was a little boy. I started writing music/songs at the age of 9 years old and was pursuing a career in music until the end of 2011. The music game made me sick after trying to catch my big break for 17 years and a couple years ago I started making films. I never thought I would be able to make movies. It sounded like only something Hollywood could do. But with technology and a little bit of money over time I was able to acquire all I needed to make feature film – straight to DVD releases.

I think what pulled me into this role of being a film maker is my passion for writing and making art, I’ve always had a very vivid imagination and what better way to use my talent than making movies of my own. Making films is so much fun, I can’t see myself quitting; only advancing and trying to always top my last piece of work.

One thing I think people will learn about me is I prefer to work with a small crew. My movie “Don’t Go on the Trail” was made by me and some help from my girlfriend. I do almost 30 different people jobs and that’s why I was able to pull this film off for $10,000 dollars. All the money went into equipment, sfx, make up and props.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

Okay, sounds good. Why horror?

I love horror, I love monsters, I love getting scared, and I really love seeing other people get scared. I have learned to enjoy my nightmares instead of fearing them and sometimes I even write them down thinking ‘hey this is a movie!’ Horror gets my blood going. For some its bungee jumping; for me its 1O gallons of fake blood and a crazy deformed killer baring a jagged blade standing over his victim.

Mr. Dean, I like the way you think. It appears to me that you subscribe to the ‘gore is more’ sub-genre of horror. Who and what were some of your influences once you decided to tread the dark path of horror?

Well thank you! In the beginning it was “Child’s Play”, Freddy Krueger, “Halloween”, “The Exorcist” and even “Scream”. But now “Wrong Turn”, “Resident Evil”,” Dawn of the Dead”,” The Last House on the Left”, “I Spit on Your Grave” and “28 Weeks Later” are some of my favorite films and I would say they’re influences. I would say learning Special FX has been influencing, knowing that I can bring nightmares to life by making them into a movie and I’ve always loved acting so to act in the kind of film I love is beautiful.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

From seeing the trailer for “Don’t Go on the Trail” it seems that the film is a combination somewhere between “Hatchet” and “I Spit on Your Grave.” Not to mention also that the title hearkens back to all those old films that had the word ‘don’t’ in the title. Am I fairly close? How did the project start for you?

Well, I have yet to see “Hatchet” but it looks great! I actually wrote the script (for “Don’t Go on the Trail”) before I ever saw “I Spit on Your Grave”, but I can see a connection as far as a girl gets raped and then seeks revenge, but like I said I wrote “Don’t Go on the Trail” a long time ago and until last year I’m sorry to say I didn’t even know “I Spit on your Grave” was a remake, late bloomer to the oldies. As far as how it started: I had a vision of the character, I saw the movie and how it would play out in my mind, I started writing and 3 months later the script was finished. Lots of blood, sex, profanity, intensity, scares and overall it’s a film that needed to be made.

How hard was it to raise the funds for the production? I did a similar Q and A with Christina Raia and she used kickstarter.com as a way to raise the $12,000 she needed for her first feature film, “Summit”. Was your experience anything like hers?

Well, not like hers at all. I have raised money before for other projects, but this particular project was funded partially from a settlement I received back in January of this year and the rest from my personal life savings. If this film doesn’t blow up I’m out 10k. But I have faith it’s going to blow up and if it doesn’t I’m okay with that, at the end of the day I’m proud I made something so brutally fucking awesome! But like I said I think this film is going to blow up and I believe it will have the same impact as a major when it comes to DVD sales.

So, is it safe to say that you still have both kidneys? As for direct to DVD I used to be a major snob when it came to that. But then I realized how much I was actually missing out on. There have been some great movies and there have been those that have been total shit.

Yeah, I still have both kidneys and I’m hoping to keep them. Yeah, I can see your point. I think there may be a time I probably felt the same, but I love the fact that when you hear about the movie you can also buy it on DVD a couple months later, opposed to hearing about a movie then having to wait 2 months until it hits theaters and having to pay an arm and a leg to go see it; then 3 to 6 months in some cases before it comes out. If your film flops at that rate you already missed time where you could have been on set working on your next movie. That’s just my minds comparison of straight to DVD releases and major releases.

Tell us about “Don’t Go on the Trail”. Who stars in it? When can we hope to see it?

“Don’t go on the Trail” is going to be epic! It stars a new face to the game, Allie Madison, who plays the role of the killer Hellady Marie James, and then you’ve got Morgan Middlebrook who has delivered an electrifying performance, and me.

This film has what the horror hounds want, lots of blood, real special effects; none of that CGI stuff, great music and scoring. It will keep you interested beginning to end. The actors all delivered a great performance and the style of my work will separate me from everyone else and give horror hounds something new to look forward to for years to come.


Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

Wow! Those are bold words from a man who is confident in his work. Jody, I wish you the best of luck and in keeping with the informal tone of this Q and A I have one final question: you’re trapped on an elevator with a midget, a machete, a hamster and a copy of Fangoria magazine. What do you do?

I would eat the hamster, then stand on the midget’s shoulders and make him read Fangoria so he would be sure to stay focused while I use the machete to cut my way out the top of the elevator.

Jody, I appreciate your time. Thank you.

Absolutely, thank you!

Photo courtesy of Jody Dean

For more of Jody Dean you can visit the following sites:

www.sickafyedfilms.net

www.vampage.com

www.dontgoonthetrail.com

www.twitter.com/sickafyedfilms

www.facebook.com/sickafyedfilms

www.imdb.me/jodysdean

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