Director: R.D. Braunstein
Cast: Sarah Butler, Gabriel Hogan, Jennifer Landon
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is still tormented by the brutal sexual assault she endured years ago (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2010). She’s changed identities and cities, reluctantly joining a support group where she begins to piece together a new life. But when her new friend’s murderer goes free and the tales of serial rapists haunt her, Jennifer will hunt down the men responsible and do what the system won’t – make them pay for their crimes in the most horrific ways imaginable. Only this time, no jury may be able to save her. Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon, and Gabriel Hogan co-star in this unforgiving, unmerciful and uncut new chapter of one of the most notorious franchises in movie history.
Following the events of the initial 2010 remake as opposed to a rehash of it such as the second entry offered, ‘I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ brings us back into the life of Jennifer (Butler) sometime after her brutal attack and subsequent revenge. Now regularly attending group support meetings, Jennifer has finally found someone she would consider calling a friend, only to discover shortly after that the woman has been brutally murdered and Jennifer has no doubt that her abusive ex-boyfriend was the perpetrator. Fed up and tired of the constant suffering all around her, Jennifer decides to take action and goes on a vigilante style killing spree against the male aggressors throughout the city.
With Steven R. Monroe (the director of the previous two installments) stepping down this time around, relatively unknown R.D. Braunstein takes over as director for the third entry in the franchise, doing a capable job at the helm guiding a script from first time screenwriter Daniel Gilboy. The cast is somewhat hit or miss, Sarah Butler reprises her lead role of Jennifer from the first film (the 2010 remake) and while she does a decent job back in the part, something feels to be lacking this time around. The cast also includes a number of other less known individuals, some of which may be recognizable to a few folks including Gabriel Hogan, Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon among others.
‘I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ is definitely a significant step down from the first two films in the series, coming together into a somewhat unbalanced film that often feels sloppy and jumbled. While the third entry makes the wise choice of going a new route and picking up with the character of Jennifer once again as opposed to simply attempting another rehash of the core material, the story just doesn’t feel complete. Many fans of the franchise will surely be pleased to see some more brutal and cringe worthy death scenes, yet unfortunately they make the mistake of using the most painful and disturbing sequence first, therefore leaving the subsequent deaths feeling lackluster in comparison, even while sporting no shortage of carnage themselves. Overall, while ‘I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ is undoubtedly the weakest entry in the series, fans may still want to give it a shot simply for its new storyline and to form their own opinions, although I would suggest initially going the rental route for this one just to be safe and if you try not to go in with the highest of expectations you are likely to at least somewhat enjoy yourself.
The Blu-ray release of ‘I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole, delivering a sharp, detailed presentation throughout; a few brief shots have a somewhat faded look to them, although the issue is more likely a result of the source as opposed to the transfer. The video presentation holds up more than adequately during even the darkly lit sequences which there are a great deal of in the film, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This lossless audio soundtrack sounds pretty decent, providing a sharp, clean ad discrete audio presentation, albeit not overly aggressive or notable, although this is simply a result of the film’s production and no fault on the mastering by any means. All five available channels are utilized occasionally to contribute some background crowd chatter and the like during the group and bar sequences, although never bringing much heavy activity to the table at any point, yet the dialogue always remains clean and audible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that while nothing extraordinary delivers in every aspect required of it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine’ doesn’t include any bonus content whatsoever.