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.
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