Monday, February 14, 2011

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)

I Spit On Your Grave 2010 Movie Review

After being brutalized by a group of rednecks, writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) seeks her revenge. I was hesitant to see this remake of the 1978 film of the same name as I figured it would not come close to the brutality and despair of the original—I was wrong. This movie, from the initial torture of Jennifer to her revenge, is pretty unrelenting. Butler does a really good job as Jennifer, both as the victim and especially as the predator later. The acting of the rednecks is not quite as good, but the writing of the characters is so good that you really come to hate them and cheer when they meet their demise. The revenge deaths are really interesting and graphic—a Saw comparison would be a fair one.

This can't end well

One thing this movie is missing that the original had is the grindhouse feel. Considering this movie was never intended for mass theatre release, it would have benefited from this style of shooting. This is not a movie for everybody—some of it is really hard to watch, and I may never watch it again myself. Still, it is a decent movie that was far better than I expected, and a decent remake of the grindhouse/sexploitation classic.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

I Spit On Your Grave Movie Trailer

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

LAKE PLACID 3

 Lake Placid 3 Movie Review

Giant killer crocodiles are once again terrorizing Lake Placid. The third installment of this series is, by far, the worst yet. The CGI in the movie is terrible--at times, this works in the pure comedy of it all, but more often it is just distracting and poorly done, looking more like a college media project than an actual film. The real problem with this approach is there is not a single scary moment in the entire film.

Fight oar die

Even worse than the CGI, however, is the acting. With the exception of Jack Nicholson doppelganger Michael Ironside, the acting was some of the worst you are likely to see in a film with a budget over $10,000. What makes it worse is the fact that none of the characters are remotely likable, so I spent the entire movie wishing the crocs would just kill them all--especially the irritating kid. There is not a lot of good to say about this movie, but there is a part of me that enjoyed the cheapness of it. Still, I likely will never watch it again.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 3


Lake Placid 3 Movie Trailer