I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Meir Zarchi
STARRING: Camille Keaton, Jamie Bernadette, Maria Olsen

Jennifer Hills is back. Forty years after 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave. Reuniting star Camille Keaton and original director Meir Zarchi, I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà vu sends now-successful writer Jennifer Hills hurtling back to where it all began – to face the wrath of the families of those she murdered. Kidnapped along with her daughter scream queen star Jamie Bernadette, it’s a tense game of hunt – or be hunted – against a lethal gang of degenerates.

The original I Spit on Your Grave was a notorious film that shocked and somewhat disgusted people upon its release but it would later go on to standout for the whole empowering of women theme that shined through despite all the other grindhouse traits. Sadly, I’m afraid the official sequel that was at long last released this year might do more harm than good to the legacy of the original. For starters, there isn’t any reason at all for this movie to be nearly the same length of the recent Avengers movie. This thing clocks in around two hours and twenty-eight minutes because basically every single scene in this movie drags on for waaaay too long. There’s a lot that could be done for the pace had they just got to the point and clipped and dropped some scenes. Also, all of our bad guys are pretty cartoony. We had the mentally challenged guy in the first movie but everyone here on the bad guy side of things seems like they are playing a mentally handicapped overly gimmicky comic book villain. This isn’t a Phantasm 5 situation where the movie looks cheap, it at least does look the part of a sequel to I Spit on Your Grave and for the most part the violence and the kills are worthy to be in the same discussion as the original, but everything else pretty much brings this one down.

While you can always just ignore a bad sequel like most do with Halloween Ressurection, I’d advise most folks who do love the original I Spit on Your Grave to avoid this one. It feels like the director goes out of his way to undo most the feel and the themes of the original with a movie that seems to be just trying to come up with whatever it can to try to shock the audience watching. Where the original gave you Jennifer Hill doing whatever she could to pay some men back, this one has a 71 year old Camille Keaton awkwardly running around the woods in a very slowly drawn-out cat and mouse game and do a lot of stuff that betrays the original character from the original film while the new lead (the character of her daughter) played by Jamie Bernadette does most the leg-work. It isn’t that I blame Miss Keaton, as she shouldn’t have even been asked to do what she does in this one and I really wish she had passed or the story would have been re-worked to do more justice to her and the movie had found other ways to incorporate Jamie Bernadette, who for what its worth does a good acting job but is a victim of bad writing and story. Kills aside, I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu is a very disappointing movie and one that will probably leave a lot of the fans of the original upset. It’s about twenty years too late and also packs the time continuation of the more recent Texas Chainsaw 3D. I respect everyone for the pure fact that they made a movie, but this is one I’m sure most people will be trying to ignore even exists.


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Quality of Transfer: 94%

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