Title: Savage Vengeance

Also known as:
I Spit on Your Grave: Savage Vengeance
I Will Dance on Your Grave: Savage Vengeance
Return to the Grave

Year: 1993

Genre: Horror / Rape-Revenge

Language: English

Runtime: 60 min

Director: Donald Farmer

Writer: Donald Farmer

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179458/

It's been years since Jennifer was attacked in the woods by a group of men and even though she got her bloody revenge and was never charged with any crimes, life has never been the same. After another frustrating semester at college, Jennifer decides she needs to take a break and go camping out in the woods and takes a friend with her on this adventure. As luck would have it, two murderous rednecks take an interest in Jennifer and her friend.

Our thoughts:
"Savage Vengeance" might be one of the most infamous SOV flicks due to the mystery surrounding its existence. There seems to be a constant discussion of whether or not it was intended to be a rip-off, a remake or a sequel to "I Spit on Your Grave". And that's because "Savage Vengeance" is about Camille Keaton as a young woman who takes her revenge after being raped by a group of men. There isn't much more to it than that.

In the beginning, Jennifer (Camille Keaton) is attacked by 4 men in the woods and she gets her revenge by killing the men in various ways -- although we never see it -- and she becomes a national sensation when the court system finds her not guilty. A few years pass and Jennifer is in school these days but decides she needs to go to the woods for a much needed vacation. Mostly because she's fed up with one of her professors trying to turn her into a guinea pig for his law class. After recruiting a friend to go with her, Jennifer heads out to an isolated cabin where she and her friend find trouble in the form of two rapist rednecks.

The enigmatic existence of "Savage Vengeance" was spurred by two different elements. The first obviously being because the movie was marketed at some point as being a sequel to "I Spit on Your Grave" during its original release. A lot of which is because much of the content in "Savage Vengeance" is simply too close to "I Spit on Your Grave" to be a coincidence. First, and obviously, because it is a rape-revenge movie about a woman named Jennifer who happens to be played by Camille Keaton. Then there's how the movie starts off with Jennifer being acquitted for killing a group of men who gang raped her in the woods, but then ends up experiencing and going through the same ordeal during the rest of the movie. I mean c'mon, a movie being a complete rehash of the material and storyline from a previous movie is a classic sequel formula.

Then of course there are all those rumors that Camille walked off set and called Meir Zarchi crying and apologizing for becoming involved with the movie. Then her overall refusal to talk about the movie continues to add to the mystery that is "Savage Vengeance".

Personally though, I don't care one way or another about what the intentions were behind the movie or what it may or may not have been trying to cash in on. Mostly because it has no bearing on the movie at all other than making a few certain scenes, such as the ones where Jennifer's name is said -- and her name is either poorly edited out or dubbed over -- that much more odd and amusing. Beyond that, it doesn't change the fact that "Savage Vengeance" is a very silly low-budget SOV rape-revenge movie that refuses to allow you to take it seriously at any point.

And maybe that's where the movie succeeds and why people still seek it out. The movie opens up with Jennifer being attacked by the first group of guys and it is this scene that sets the tone and quality of the movie. How does it do this? By featuring fully clothed rape scenes and never tries to hide that fact. Now, I don't need realism in my trash movies since it kind of takes the fun out of titles like "Savage Vengeance", but when you see a woman being attacked, she still has her pants on and the male actors never pretend like they're undoing their jeans, you can't take it seriously. It's impossible. In fact, it comes off as down right laughable because it is just so goddamn ridiculous.

That's far from the silliest thing that occurs in "Savage Vengeance" but the rest of the movie follows suit. I believe the technical term for "Savage Vengeance" would be hot mess. Yes, the movie is a hot mess. That's where the appeal comes from and it's the only appeal the movie has. While it isn't as shocking as say..."I Spit On Your Grave" and it's not a good movie, at all, it does offer entertainment from being so unbelievably bad. I'd say that's an achievement in itself. The movie actually has the ability to make people laugh during a rape scene. Not to say rape is funny, obviously (I'm not a goddamn monster), but somehow "Savage Vengeance" manages to make it seem okay to laugh at. Only because of the absolutely stupidity of the scene, of course. That goes for everything else in the movie as well. Whether its laughing at Donal Farmer's appearance as a psychotic redneck whose favorite pick up line is to offer young girls Slim Jims, or the general awkward scenes of dialogue and plot. "Savage Vengeance" isn't one of those so-bad-they're-good movies, it's just a flat out bad movie but it was made in such a way that it becomes mesmerizing. You'll laugh, you'll groan, you'll love and you'll hate "Savage Vengeance" for being one hell of a mess.

Positive things:
- It's bad but in an interesting way.
- The chainsaw sequence in the end was actually well done.
Negative things:
- It's a SOV movie that is a complete mess.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 0/5

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