Meir Zarchi's "I Spit on Your Grave" isn't just one of the most notorious titles in all of horror--it's one of the most notorious films, period, and it's no surprise it was pegged for a remake a couple of years ago. That update is now set to receive a sequel, and Anchor Bay has announced that remake director Stephen L. Monroe will return for the follow-up.
Both the original and the remake followed the same basic outline, at least plot-wise: writer Jennifer Hills (originally played by Camille Keaton, then Sarah Butler in the remake) heads off to a rural retreat, where she has a violent encounter with a group of local guys who rape her and leave her for dead. After surviving the ordeal, she returns to exact bloody, over-the-top revenge on her attackers.
If you're expecting the sequel to continue this story, you're likely to be disappointed. Instead, "I Spit on Your Grave 2" will center on a girl named Holly who moves from Missouri to New York to pursue a modeling career. While there, she'll also encounter a trio of brothers who rape, torture her, and leave her for dead.
And while the film hasn't even entered production, there's a good chance those brothers will be on the wrong end of Holly's vengeance. It sounds very much like a sequel-in-name-only sort of deal, but there's at least a bit of a wrinkle with the change in locations (in the first two films, the protagonist was leaving the big city for a more serene locale).
Technically, this is the second "I Spit on Your Grave" sequel, as Marchi did produce an unofficial follow-up called "Savage Vengeance" in the late 80s, but it didn't see release until the early 90s thanks to legal wrangling. Unlike this upcoming sequel, that one did directly follow the original film, as Keaton (under an assumed name) returned as Jennifer and found herself taking revenge all over again.
Thomas Felton, who penned "Saw IV" and "Chain Letter," will be writing the screenplay for the new sequel, which is scheduled to start shooting next month in Bulgaria, so expect a second round of grave-spitting next year.
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