In this horror remake, young writer Jennifer (Sarah Butler) finds life at her rented retreat perfect for working on her first novel. But her enthusiasm is shattered by her vicious rape. Now, the local thugs responsible will face an excruciating fate. Jennifer’s attackers command developmentally disabled Matthew (Chad Lindberg) to kill her, but he fakes the murder, leaving the scarred writer to carry out a gruesome plot for revenge.
Rating: 6 out of 10
There’s two ways you can look at a movie like this. You can be repulsed by the horrific violence and the brutal rape scenes as exploitative and offensive or you can accept that it’s a revenge fantasy for victimized women. I chose the latter.
Is it graphic? You bet your ass it is. The rape scenes (Yes, plural, “scenes”) are done realistically and with extreme cruelty. You don’t just want the antagonists in this film to die. You want to see them suffer a fate worse than death. Their deeds certainly deserve it. Now, I saw the original film and though it was a hunk of shit, ,it was exploitative in the sense that when the female protagonist finally goes for revenge, the murder scenes were way too over the top. Here, each murder scene is done in a way where the punishment fits the crime. She returns her cruel treatment with extreme cruelty and it works. Also, the acting here is very good. The five rapists in the film are repulsive and it takes a good performance to really make you hate them. Sarah Butler, a film newcomer, is terrific and believable. She really holds the whole film together and shows a lot of promise for future films to come.
What are the downsides of this film? Well, for one, there’s not much of a story. They raped her so she wants to kill them. It’s simple enough but there’s not much dimension to it. Also, it’s hard for me to believe a law enforcement officer would team up with a bunch of losers to commit such a heinous crime. How did they organize all this and why? It doesn’t matter, though, how large the holes are in the plot. I went along for the ride with the whole revenge fantasy of victimized women everywhere. And, in that vein, it works.