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I Spit On Your Grave 2 and Embrace Of The Vampire Blu-ray Reviews

I Spit On Your Grave 2 Blu-ray Embrace of the Vampire Blu-ray

“I Spit On Your Grave 2” is a brutal revenge movie.

“Embrace of the Vampire” is a lousy remake.

I Spit On Your Grave 2

When it comes to horror films, they either lend themselves to a sequel or they don’t. The controversial “I Spit On Your Grave” (first made in 1978 before being remade in 2010) is clearly best left as a stand-alone horror film, but for some strange reason, a sequel has been made anyway. While it’s true the sequel isn’t a continuation of the 2010 remake, the film still feels utterly pointless as it’s completely derivative of the original and the remake.

If you were repulsed by the brutal eye for an eye rape and revenge horror story the first time around, you likely won’t change your mind about this sequel that essentially has the same plot. In this outing, a waitress and wannabe model (Katie) takes a chance on a shady photography business in order to score free photos. During the photo shoot, Katie feels uncomfortable and objectified by the creepy photographers and winds up abruptly leaving the shoot. The story should have ended there, but one of the creepy photographers becomes obsessed with Katie and forces his way into her house to brutally rape her (and also kill her good hearted neighbor). In order to cover up the crime, the 3 photographers’ drug and kidnap Katie and take her to Bulgaria where they torture her, rape her, and leave her for dead. Unbeknowst to these scumbags, Katie miraculously manages to stay alive and she plans on getting murderous revenge against those who wronged her.

Make no mistake about it, “I Spit On Your Grave 2” is an intense, ugly, excessively violent, and hard to watch movie. Most people will never want to watch this once let alone more than one time. However, as we know by the fact that a remake exists, there are people who like to watch extreme revenge stories. Personally, I’m not into the ‘Spit’ films as as I find them to be hateful and spirit crushing stories. With that said, I fully admit that the sequel is effective in what it sets out to do. I (and many others) can criticize the film over and over, but when it boils down to it, this movie about inhumane crimes and revenge delivers a movie about inhumane crimes and revenge.

I couldn’t end this review without talking about lead actress Jemma Dallender. She deserves a lot of credit for taking on this supremely difficult and challenging role and she deserves much praise for doing a superb job. I hope to see her land more lead roles in the near future.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The gritty cinematography style works well here in 1080p.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? The audio of this film really makes an impact on the viewer.

The only extras here are a DVD copy and 5 minutes and 22 seconds of deleted scenes.

Embrace of the Vampire

In this remake of the 1995 film starring Alyssa Milano, the story revolves around a quiet, young, reserved woman (Charlotte) who is attending a small college with a fencing scholarship. While she does manage to land a coffee shop job and make a few friends along the way (including her roommate Nicole), Charlotte struggles to settle into college life due to bitchy classmates and bad dreams/visions. Things become increasingly worse for Charlotte as people around her begin to die. Is there a killer vampire on campus? Is Charlotte’s past coming back to haunt her? Is Charlotte losing touch with reality? All is revealed in the end

While the 1995 “Embrace of the Vampire” wasn’t exactly a beloved classic, it did have a cult following. Considering how popular vampires have become again over the last several years, it’s not surprising then to see a remake being commissioned in order to capitalize on the vampire craze.  

From the opening sequence, it is quite apparent that this new ‘Embrace’ is a rushed, low budget remake. The CGI and makeup are lazy, the cast is comprised of mainly Z-list TV actors (led by the raspy and robotic Sharon Hinnandael), the film is shot in the ever affordable Vancouver, Canada, the movie is devoid of scares, and the movie flaunts nudity and sexually so much that it feels like a Cinemax original. In other words, it feels like a typical pandering, cheaply made, soulless remake.  

 Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? I’ll give this movie one thing, it’s supremely well shot. The Vancouver scenery looks especially nice in hi-def.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? It does the job.

The only extras are a DVD copy and trailers for Cinetel and Anchor Bay titles.

October 14, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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