‘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.
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.
Following her brutal rape, 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 rape and revenge took place, the relatives of the four rapists 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 rape. 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. Moreover, he wanted to depict to the audience the real horrors of rape.
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”.
” …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…” Kyle Saubert, 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
“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.” Phil Wheat, 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!?” David Andreas, 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 or those into the rape/revenge subgenre. Despite the length and inconsistent writing it still delivers a fair few shocks. But, after waiting forty years I certainly expected better.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony
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
148 minutes | 2.35: 1 | DTS
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