More gory than the first two

by Ed Blackadder

Having survived the horrific events of the 2010 film I Spit on Your Grave, Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) finds it difficult settling down and getting on with her life. At group therapy Jennifer befriends Marla (Jennifer Landon), also the victim of rape, and the friendship helps her to finally open up and come out of her shell. But when Marla is murdered and her guilty ex-boyfriend walks due to a lack of evidence, Jennifer decides to take matters into her own hands.

Sarah Butler plays Jennifer Hills for a second time in the third outing of this gory rape-revenge series. But rather than having the audience suffer through more prolonged and brutal rape scenes, writer Daniel Gilboy takes us on a slightly different journey, where we follow Jennifer trying to get her life back on track. However, being that the I Spit on Your Grave franchise requires a victim hellbent on revenge, Jennifer simply can’t be alowed to find peace. Instead, she goes after her dead friend’s ex, causing her already tenious grip on reality to snap, bringing forth the mankilling, genital-mutilating beast.

I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine
Directed by
R.D. Braunstein
Sarah Butler, Gabriel Hogan, Doug McKeon
Release Date
9 October 2015
Ed’s Grade: C+

We’re brought up to date by way of Jennifer’s psychiatric and group therapy sessions, and this is also where we learn who the main characters are. It’s at group therapy that Jennifer and Marla listen to a young girl tell how her stepfather abuses her while the mother sleeps in the next room. The pair decide to threaten the stepfather, and it’s this act that finally lifts Jennifer from her depressed state. The violence that follows is even more grusome than the first two films, which is actually quite a feat. However, there’s a lot less action and a series attempt at telling a story, something that was lacking in the others. That alone is a step in the right direction, but I’m sure not all will agree.

Director R.D. Braunstein’s continuation of the franchise has more than enough of the rape-revenge elements that fans of this type of fare should be satisfied. The group therapy scenes provided plenty of opportunity for some solid acting from the cast. With eye-watering mutilation, decent performances and crazy flashbacks, I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a worthy addition to the cannon.