DVD region 2. Another World Entertainment.
young woman takes a break from the big city to move into an isolated
house out in the sticks, in order to work on a novel. She soon
attracts the attention of a couple of local lowlifes and their
retarded friend, and their petty torments rapidly escalate into
brutal gang rape - a fate they believe she both deserves and enjoys.
When she recovers from the assault, the woman becomes a vengeful
killing machine, punishing her assailants by pretending to seduce
them before finishing them off in an orgy of castration and mutilation.
familiar? It should, if you've seen either version of
I Spit on Your Grave. But the film under discussion here
is Norwegian shocker Hora (that's "whore'
to you English speakers), which takes this exact plot and adds
in a few twists (interestingly, it shares some new elements of
the I Spit remake, despite preceding it - I won't
spoil things by saying which, but fans will spot them), alongside
some rather knowing grindhouse effects - cutting to black and
white, film damage, missing reels, film burn - which add little
other than irritation for the most part (though the loss of sound
during the rape scene is disturbingly effective).
you find I Spit on Your Grave offensive, you'll
hate this film, as it ups the exploitation elements considerably.
It shows some restraint - the rape scenes are relatively inexplicit
compared to some other low budget sleazefests - but has plenty
of graphic gore, extensive nudity and a pretty unsavoury, sometimes
quite mean spirited atmosphere. You can take that as either a
condemnation or a recommendation.
Vibe is nothing if not a trooper as she's put through the ringer,
and the supporting cast are effectively loathsome, while director
Reinert Kiil does a solid job for the most part (the aforementioned
grindhouse effects, alongside attempts at dream-like bizarreness
doesn't always work).
the most original film ever made then (despite what might be claimed
in the extras), but as an I Spit pastiche, it's