I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘Vengeance. Thy name is woman’

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is a 2015 horror revenge thriller feature film written and directed by Meir Zarchi.

Press release:

Forty years after the release of the controversial 1978 cult classic I Spit On Your Grave, Camille Keaton has reunited with director Meir Zarchi to reprise her role of Jennifer Hills in its direct sequel, I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu.

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is the only sequel that shares characters, as well as continuity with the original 1978 motion picture Day of the Woman aka I Spit On Your Grave.

Following her brutal carnal assault, Jennifer wrote a best-selling account of her ordeal and of the controversial trial in which she was accused of taking the law into her own hands and ruthlessly killing her assailants. In the small town where the attack and revenge took place, the relatives of the four degenerates she killed are furious that the court declared her not guilty and resolve to take justice into their own hands.

The original I Spit On Your Grave was inspired by Meir Zarchi’s experience with a victim of a carnal assault. After stumbling upon a teenage girl in a park in the aftermath of a violent assault, Zarchi began to imagine how a woman in this situation might fantasise about revenge.

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In this new chapter, Jennifer Hills is joined by her daughter Christy (Jamie Bernadette) as well as a variety of new characters, including Maria Olsen who plays the role of Johnny’s wife, the gas station attendant Jennifer castrated; Jim Tavare in the role of Herman, whose son Matthew was hung by Jennifer, as well as by actors Jonathan Peacy, Jeremy Ferdman, Holgie Forrester, Roy Allen and Alexandra Kenworthy.

“I always envisioned Camille Keaton returning to continue the saga of Jennifer Hills,” said Zarchi. “Getting together with Camille to film the sequel was a surreal, deja-vu-like experience”.

Reviews:

…Déjà vu is a terrible film, one whose obnoxiousness is matched only by its pointlessness. Don’t just not see this, kids, actively stay away from it and warn others to do so as well. This sort of lazy cash-grab bullsh*t needs to stop…” Allusions of Grandeur

” …this latest entry by Zarchi teaches us that perhaps revenge is not always the best retribution; that is up to you to decide though. Wild and crazy, I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu is indeed a worthy sequel that paves its own way rather than lean on the nostalgia of the original.” Cryptic Rock

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“The same unsettling, somewhat crazed, nature of the original is reflected beautifully here – which is unexpected given just how far the genre has come since 1978, pushing the boundaries of acceptability way beyond that of the decade in which Zarchi film first found infamy.” Nerdly

” …(1) the characters are impossibly obnoxious; (2) the plot becomes a pale retread of Part One; (3) the two-and-a-half-hour length is about two hours too long for such a scant, poorly written script. Why 148 minutes? Why!?” Splatter Critic

Déjà vu is infinitely better than its predecessor, features some really strong performances, and it shocks in a way which feels nowhere as exploitive as what came before. At the same time, it is widely uneven, has some actors redefining the term “scenery-chewing,” and it has a running time of almost two and a half hours.” The Ultimate Rabbit

“Despite its faults, I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is still worth a watch for fans of the original.” Voices from the Balcony

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Cast and characters:

Camille Keaton … Jennifer Hills
Jamie Bernadette … Christy Hills
Maria Olsen … Becky
Jim Tavaré … Herman
Jonathan Peacy … Kevin
Jeremy Ferdman … Scotty
Holgie Forrester … Millie Stillman
Roy Allen III … Henry Stillman
Alexandra Kenworthy … Beady Eyes
Terry Zarchi … Johnny Jr.
Tammy Zarchi … Melissa Stillman
Meir Zarchi … Priest
Adam Cerro … Waiter
Phillip K. Galaras … Leroy (voice)
Kelci C. Magel … Restaurant Patron

Technical details:

148 minutes (!)
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
Audio: DTS

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