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Wait, a sequel to the ORIGINAL “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” just wrapped?

ISOYGsequelAs we slowly come to the end of 2015, we’ve seen a lot of franchises come back to life lately. Movies like Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead has been revived as Ash VS Evil Dead, [read my thoughts on the first episode here!] the Goosebumps series has gained itself a full-length film that was big enough to land in theaters; and Phantasm, Alien, and Friday The 13th are all finding their way back into theaters, with either reboots or sequels. [eventually..] But nothing could have prepared anyone for the news that the original 1978 I Spit On Your Grave is getting a sequel.. what’s more is that it’s already finished it’s shooting! Wait, seriously?!

Seriously. As it turns out, the new film, which has nothing to do with the surprisingly popular three-film franchise that came from the 2010 remake, will be featuring the original film’s Director Meir Zarchi and Camille Keaton, who is reprising her role as Jennifer Hills. With the title I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu, the film’s plot is as follows:


“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.”


In this next chapter, Jennifer Hills will be joined by her daughter Christy, as well as a variety of new characters, including Maria Olsen who will playing the role of Johnny’s wife, who was the gas station attendant Jennifer castrated; Jim Tavare will be 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.

What I find surprising is that for a sequel that we didn’t hear was even happening, [until now] Zarchi has already wrapped the movie’s filming and is currently – and/or already – in post-production. He’s come forward saying “I always envisioned Camille Keaton returning to continue the saga of Jennifer Hills. Getting together with Camille to film the sequel was a surreal, deja-vu-like experience”. Could this be the reason for the title? Or could it be because the family members of the original men who attacked Jennfier want revenge? That’s a question we’ll have to wait to find out, because we don’t have a trailer or screenshots of any sort yet: HOPEFULLY SOON.

Sometimes, the world has surprising twists. It’s pretty damn awesome to know that the cast and crew from the original film have kept in contact all this time, and formed a familial bond that seems to have endured over three and a half decades. To the point where we’re actually getting a sequel to a film that when first released – was banned for it’s content.

So even though there’s not much to go on yet, this sequel is shaping up to be something to look forward to! What to expect is left to the mind, because we can’t assume it’s going to follow the same plot as the first film; [though it is likely] maybe the family members of the original captors are going to go after Jennifer‘s daughter? Who knows; this is just my guess! Check out these pictures of Zarchi and a few others on the set of I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu below!


So now I look to you; how do you feel about this sequel to the film I Spit On Your Grave – are you excited for more of Jennifer Hills? Or do you feel that the original was so controversial that it should have stayed as one film? Let me know your thoughts in a comment or two below!

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you know what they say: “cleanliness is next to godliness.” Good on you, Jennifer.

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FORGET chainsaws or knives: THESE torture tools SHOULD be in horror films

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Whether we deny it, or just don’t know it; The idea of torturing another person has been around since 530 AD when the great Roman jury supported the idea of torture as being “the highest form of truth”. Defined: Torture is known as the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical [or psychological] pain and possibly even permanent injury to a person, usually to one who is physically restrained. In most cases, the person is under the torturer’s control and therefore, unable to defend themselves against what is being done to him or her. Torturous methods are usually carried out by individuals or groups, and have been throughout history in ancient times to even modern day! Forms of torture also vary greatly in duration from only a few minutes to several days [and sometimes even longer!] The reason[s] for torture can include punishment, revenge, political re-education, interrogation or even coercion of the victim[s]!

Then you get the movies – specifically movies like SAW [for seven movies, with an eighth coming] which we’ve seen multiple different Jigsaw “traps”. While unique in their own right, the classic traps from medieval times make John Kramer‘s traps look like child’s play! Thankfully, “torture devices” in film allow the movie’s special effects departments to creatively figure out the best ways to slaughter people the most over the top way’s possible; by keeping the torture scenes, and their devices, where they belong – in the movies.

Below I have included a list of some of the more intense torture devices of that were actually used on people back in the day.. and yes, while they were used to “torture”, many resulted in death. View at your own risk!


The Breast Ripper:

The Breast Ripper was a device used on adulterous women; the end was heated by an intense flame – it was then that each “claw” was pierced through the soft tissue, resulting in spreading apart the flesh to tear and “shred” the breasts away from the body. If the woman didn’t die, she was certainly scarred for life.


The Heretic’s Fork:

a collar which contained “forks” on each end of the device. One end was to be placed on the chest bone while the other was positioned under the chin. [as seen in the picture to the right] The idea behind it was to have the sharp metal forks pierce the lower portion of the jaw and then skewer through the tongue [and mouth] if the victim’s head were to drop from being tired of being lifted up for too long..


The Scavenger’s Daughter:

A large metal hoop was used in order to “encase the victim at the knees and back”. Slowly, the device was to be tightened in order to squeeze the person until blood flowed from the mouth, nose and other orifices.


The Saw:

Sometimes, an elaborate device like the ones above aren’t necessary – sometimes, all you need is a SAW. this method involved stringing people upside down with ropes as the torturers used a giant saw to bisect the victim down the middle.


The Iron Maiden:

Oddly enough, this device is said not to have ever been used! The idea behind it was that a person would stand inside where large metal spikes were lining the back of the device. [and on the inside of the front door] As the victim stood inside, the door was closed shut – forcing the individual to step back and impale themselves while the spikes came at them from the front. [Some variations of The Iron Maiden had a head piece that contained two larger metal spikes positioned at eye level. This was so when the front end is closed, these two spikes would then pierce into the skull and through the eye sockets!]


Although torture was a very real aspect of our history, it also shows us how much we have evolved and how we’ve become more civilized since those times. Although it may still sometimes happen in other countries, we as horror movie fans must understand the difference between art and reality, leaving the torture to the films. Thankfully, these five devices are no longer in use; mainly because of their intense “teaching” methods! What “tool” did you find the most interesting? Did you enjoy learning about them – or were you already aware of all five? let me know in a comment or two!

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sorry everyone: I DON’T think HOSTEL is just violence!

HostelJustGore Oh, Hostel series. You really got people talking, don’t you? Even after 10 years of your initial release, people still mention how you’re insignificant amongst the others in the horror scene. But I don’t. I actually think you have a special place in this wide world of fear; making people think you’re only good for one thing: blood, and violence. But are you really just a mindless blood-bath? That’s what I’m going to be talking about: because I don’t like to believe what I’m hearing.

In the case of the Hostel films, I only tend to hear about it’s cringe-worthiness or even complaints that the series is part of a sub-genre of horror known as torture porn. According to Urban Dictionary, the term ‘torture porn’ was a term coined by various film critics who felt [and still feel] that the current trend in horror Hollywood consists of having no plot whatsoever but instead, we the viewers get gratuitous graphic imagery of people having body parts removed, from legs, heads to even genitalia; torture porn is definitely a sub-genre that doesn’t fit everyone‘s bill. The most common films that fall under this category are the SAW films [which I’ve talked about on here a dozen times] and, the reason why I’m talking about them, the Hostel trilogy. Now, I am a fairly large fan of both series, [so I might come across as bias] but I will admit that the later SAW films [more so SAW IV and onward] did fit the stereotypical torture porn category, but part of me is not so convinced that the Hostel films do.

In the first film, we learn of three backpackers: Paxton, Josh, and Oli who all decide to head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their male chauvinistic expectations, with no idea of the hellish tortures that await them when they arrive. Within my first viewing, I fell into the thought process that everyone else had: that it was just a g0re-fest for the sake of filming a gore-fest. But was it really? Let’s delve a little deeper into the film, and for that reason – I’m going to issue a fair-sized spoiler warning.


For this particular argument, I’m only using one point: the plot.. or more importantly, the EHC. Whether you agree or not, the movies do far more than just show blood, guts and everything in between; they actually has a genuine story attached.I mean, yeah; we have the bullshit about the three guys wanting – and succeeding – to sleep with Natalya and Svetlana [and I mean who wouldn’t?] but the real thing I find the most intriguing is the Elite Hunting club. [it’s funny cause their club’s logo is a dog: and that dog is a blood hound..get it?] This “club” and it’s “members” are super important not only because they are our main villain, [they are just as important in the sequels!] but because of what – or who – they really are: extremely fucked up individuals.

writer’s note: this is the part where I take a deep breath, cause this is going to be a long winded piece of writing..

According to Hostel and Hostel: Part II, this “club” had used a hostel in Slovakia. In this “hostel”, the “players” [who ultimately become victims] check in and give their passport to the desk clerk who then uploads the images to the EHC website. From the moment the photos are placed online, the members can start bidding actual cash on their victims of choice. The highest bidder gets the victim. [sort of like a fucked up eBay?] The catch is, that the member [sometimes more than one] have to travel to Slovakia to claim their prize. If they can’t make it to Slovakia, they lose their chance and the other members get a second chance to bid! Once arrived, the organization provides the client with the best services in a hotel while the organization takes care of the rest [kidnapping the victims, placing them in a underground bunker, standard stuff]. Once kidnapped, the members are told and they can head out, and go to the location of the facility. There, they choose the “tools of the trade” that they wish to use to torture their victim they just “bought”. Then when they’re officially ready to begin, they are dressed up. [quite professionally, might I add] Mostly does the torturers wear standard orange jumpsuits, leather caps and a leather apron [as seen worn by Stewart and Todd] but in Hostel: Part 2, we see a female EHC member who wears only maroon cloak, but, she eventually removes that goes completely nude. [check that out here! NSFW] If desired, the member can even choose how their victim is dressed, if they are chained in a chair, laying on a stretcher or even chained on a crucifix!

Like any other organization, the EHC has rules to follow: [in this case, two rules] no one leaves without killing and no one leaves with being a member or becoming a member of the organization. The last rule is only for the rich victims because you need money in order to become a member. In the event that a victim escapes without becoming a member, he/she will be hunted down and eventually: decapitated. His or her head will become a trophy for Sasha – the head boss of the organization. Interestingly enough, in Hostel: Part III, we learn that the EHC also have a facility in Las Vegas. [which makes sense, cause Part 2 taught us that the EHC is a world wide phenomenon] like before, they use a hostel to attract victims, sending them to room 9. The concept of this facility is slightly different, though.. complete in style of Las Vegas, the members now bet on how a victim will be killed. They look in from behind a glass window while the victim is tortured and if desired, they can participate in this ‘game’ with the Wheel Of Misfortune. [which I feel is a really lame name for a torture ploy]

According to Eli Roth himself, the films weren’t intended to be mindless violence. Hostel is supposed to be about how Americans view the world and how they tend to behave towards other countries- thinking the world is their playground and that they are untouchable. Remember the scene at the beginning of Hostel where the guy gets the characters to go to Slovakia by simply claiming its a war-torn country with absolutely no women? Anyone with knowledge of Eastern/Central European history would know that isn’t true at all! In short, the film is meant to come off as a huge joke about how Americans view the world around them. As for Hostel: Part 2, it’s about the “corporate killing” mentality. Now, obviously, we can argue that Roth’s intentions were not executed as well as he may have hoped, [that, or they were so buried by the gore that they’re difficult to recognize] but the point is Hostel, and it’s sequels, have some intentional social commentary. As long as one takes the time to look.


In the end, I feel that the Hostel films can be considered a bit more than just “gore for the sake of gore”. I mean, there is a significant amount of blood and gore, but The Elite Hunting Club is far more interesting than people give it credit for. Unfortunately, I’m only a fan of the first two Hostel films. I gave the third one a watch [it is on Netflix] and it greatly disappointed me: especially when it took the second film’s cliffhanger, and threw it out the window. [maybe just ignore Part 3..] The films are entertaining, more-so if you’re a horror fan, just don’t buy into them being “just torture porn”. Cause they’re really not..

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[also – a fun fact: according Eli Roth, he got the idea for the film after getting email about an organization who claimed to sell people to rich western men and women to let them shoot at them with real guns. this email claimed that would happen in Thailand]

have YOU heard about the “EVIL STICK” ?

because this is totally for kids…

If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a dollar store, chances are that you’ve  noticed that the things on sale are incredibly obscure – with the packaging usually not really having to do with what the product is intended for. [I’ve seen a palate swapped Samus [[from the Metroid games]] on a kid’s bow and arrow? Samus does not use a bow in the Metroid games..] That being said, “obscure” isn’t even the first word I’d use to describe what was recently found hidden in a dollar store toy..

It’s called the “Evil Stick”. It came up last week [November 6th, 2014] in Dayton, Ohio, but is only “going viral” everywhere lately. Originally published as a story about a wand called the “Evil Stick”,  a Dayton mother by the name Nicole Allen decided to buy her two year old daughter a pink princess-like wand from her local dollar store. the pink package of the “wand” had mentioned [quite literally on the package] that it would play “wonderful music.” the reality however, was that the simple looking wand was actually disguised as a fun children’s toy, but that’s not the worst of it..

When the button on the side of the toy is pressed, the “wand” doesn’t play the “wonderful music” it promised, but instead: it’ll actually play what some have claimed is a sound clip from Saw‘s Billy puppet, with his [signature] laugh and a flashing light revealing there to be a horrifying image in the wand’s foil faceplate. When Allen [the mother who initially bought the Evil Stick] peeled the foil off, she found what no mother should have to discover [especially since she bought this for her two year old..] she came across something that can only be described as a picture of a demonic child slitting her own wrists, [see the picture below] which obviously left her completely horrified and outraged. But most disturbing, is the dark and deeply enigmatic is the promise of “I can send out the luster of the beauty” [are they trying to say that all young girls are evil looking creatures?] which is found clearly written on the packaging’s back-side!

that face is fucking scary.

Another resident of the same Ohio town [Dayton] visited the exact same store and purchased an Evil Stick himself [in order to confirm these reports] He had found that only a few of those toys contained the image but, many did not: rather, that they featured a variety of different pictures, and only after he sorted through two racks of Evil Sticks did he actually find one with the same “cutting girl” image. If all this isn’t enough, the Evil Stick was found beside the dolls in the store, and when asked about it – the store owner said that if the buyers looked more carefully, they’d see that the product calls itself “Evil Stick” [as right as he ‘technically’ is, I still don’t like the idea behind this “girl’s toy”].. however, if it gets any more negativity, he’ll remove it from his store permanently.

Now maybe it’s just me, but it’s things like this that fucking aggravate me: knowing that people are willing to go so far as to do things like this. I mean, that mother was going to give this to her kid without a second thought. I know that if I have a daughter [in the future] I’m going to be checking everything I plan on getting her; cause this is just insanity. What do you think of the “Evil Stick”; Is it just some harmless fun? Or is it something that should be removed post-haste? I am appalled that something like this could even be sold!

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film study: controversial movies

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have you ever watched a movie and wondered just how the director got away with something? Sometimes a scene in a film [sometimes the whole film] can be considered almost too inappropriate and end up leading it to being banned or branded as ‘controversial’ ! Movies like The Evil Dead, Hostel, and others were all banned when they first were released due to their violent content that disturbed people everywhere.

Sometimes, a film will spark controversy based on the background of the film; like Cannibal Holocaust in the above picture. The director was actually brought to court due to people believing [after the film was released] that they actually impaled the woman. He had to explain that it was achieved by having her sit on one end and hold the second post in her mouth for the shot. Scary enough, he ultimately was found guilty of boiling live turtles on the set of the film. [for the same of the film] I’m saying they weren’t props but actual living animals! Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike people, sometimes?

In this next segment, I’m going to mention a few other controversial films that come to mind, they’ve all been branded as such for reasons I’ll try and mention, so please note – possibility of spoilers coming up! :

well, this is awkward..

Another classic controversial film that many people are familiar with is: The Human Centipede. The concept is quite simple — two American girls get lost in Europe and a crazy Doctor ‘helps’ them..by sewing them mouth to butt to an Asian guy [who I’m pretty got lost himself.. Why does this kind of thing always happens in Europe?!] the sheer fact that it’s more psychological than blood and gore made this one disgustingly well done: the sequel to the film showed everything you would have expected from the first: with gore, violence and baby squishing [I wish I were kidding about that last bit]

that can’t be comfortable..

If you had to guess what happened here, what would you assume? there was acid in the bathtub? this man slipped and hit his head? What if I told you that this scene from I Spit On Your Grave involved a woman cutting a guy’s penis off and leaving him to bleed out? cause that’s exactly what happened. [though, I don’t think that was this particular scene] The film was banned for obvious reasons with a the plot goes that a lonely writer was alone at her cabin and was raped and left for dead by three to guys. Her revenge tactics were a just a bit heavy for some.

special thanks to Fangoria for the picture!

For the final film on this list we have one I refuse to watch: A Serbian Film. It’s about a retired male porn star who gets one final job — which involves a lot of snuff and other disturbing content. I have no intends to watch it as it just seems to be the type of film that was made to be controversial, for the sake of being controversial. That, and the content is a little much for my tastes.

As noted above; sometimes, films are so violent or so extreme that they get themselves in trouble.. I’m looking at you CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. The only one on this list that I’ll recommend is “I Spit On Your Grave”. It’s violent as fuck but compared to the others, it’s definitely the better film of the group. Do you have a favorite of the 4? Do you plan on watching any of them? Just be warned of the content and I hope I helped you understand that films are actually able to be banned, if only for their contents.

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