I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu                     review by Bobby Blakey

I love films that have a controversial history whether they are great or not. I find myself needing to see these if for no other reason than to see what all the fuss was about. In 1978 director Meir Zarchi unleashed his film I Spit On Your Grave aka Day of the Woman that shocked the world. Since it has not only become a cult classic, but spawned a remake and two sequels that were even more brutal. Now Zarchi and original star Camille Keaton have come back together for the direct sequel to the original film with I Spit On Your Grave: Dej Vu, but does it capture everything that made the original work or should it have been left for dead?

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu follows now successful writer Jennifer Hills who is hurled back to where it all began to face the wrath of the families of those she murdered. Kidnapped along with her daughter Christy, it’s a tense game of hunt – or be hunted – against a lethal gang of degenerates overseen by a violently unhinged matriarch Becky. While the original film is hard to watch on some level I love the fact that it turns the tables making the victim into a strong character fighting back so I was excited to hear of this direct sequel and hoped it would bring more of the same and while it does it is bogged down by a lot of problems as well.

The idea here is strong and does a great job at continuing the story with some unexpected twists and turns that makes for a great film. Sadly there are so many long drawn out unnecessary dialogues and silly moments that it takes away from what works. I applaud Zarchi for making the film that he wanted to and it felt like a story that has been forming for a long time, but you have to know when to scale it back to get rid of the unnecessary stuff. The beginning of the film is kind of abrupt but works to set up where they are going, but then it takes quite a while for anything to happen. When it finally does it’s a mixed bag of some good and some laughable.

I wanted to love this movie so much and with the level of excitement I had to see it I have to say I was let down overall. That’s not to say there isn’t anything good here. There is some graphic violence and redemption as expected, but it is watered down with too much silliness and nonsense. If you love the original or the remakes like I do this is still a must see and own for the collection, but know it is an independent film and a bit hard to get through, but sadly not for the same reasons as the original.

Decide for yourself and grab your own copy available now Blu-ray and DVD as well as the documentary about making of the original Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave.

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