Jonathan Ross is a British late night television host that made the transition into comics a few years back with the release of “Turf”, a supernatural gangster tale set in 1920s Prohibition-era of New York. Ross then teamed up with artist Bryan Hitch for his sprawling superhero epic “America’s Got Powers”, a tale of super-powered teens battling on television for your entertainment. Now Ross has returned to challenge reader’s expectations with a new twisted horror series entitled “Revenge” that is overflowing with graphic violence and sex. READ MORE
Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce “Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Throne,” an all-new graphic novel inspired by ABC’s popular television series, “Revenge.” This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere on September 3rd, 2014.
Hit the jump for the full breakdown on the book. READ MORE
Talk about a feast of vengeance…Savaged, the new film from writer-director Michael S. Ojeda, takes the tried-and-true formula of the rape/revenge film and mixes it with the white-man scalping genre of Redsploitation (Native American revenge). The combination makes for one kinetically brutal thriller filled with heaps of graphic violence and sincere heart. Literally, a heart gets eaten in this movie. If you hate racist redneck rapists as much as I do, then Savaged is one helluva cathartic experience.
Zoe (Amanda Adrienne) is a deaf woman finally ready to make the big step and move in with her boyfriend a few states away. Her mom is reluctant to let her little girl go, especially since she’ll be driving all alone through the desert. If something goes wrong, Zoe will be alone, unable to call for help due to her handicap. But Zoe’s love drives her forward and the trip is going fine until a pick-up truck of good ol’ boys gets in the way. READ MORE
Let’s be honest: The original I Spit On Your Grave divided people more than Ben Affleck as Batman ever will. It was a brutal nightmare of exploitation that was either exploitation trash or the ultimate rape revenge fantasy. The 2010 remake was equally as divisive, especially since this was now the same world with films like Saw and Hostel. Now Steven R. Monroe, the same man who helmed the 2010 remake, brings us the sequel, this time with Thomas Fenton (of Saw IV fame) as one of the writers. Dig in?
Katie is living on her own in New York City, trying to break into modeling. In an attempt to update her portfolio, she accepts an ad for a free photo shoot by a man named Ivan. Things go okay at the start, until Ivan starts to push for Katie to show more skin. She declines and leaves. Later, Ivan’s brother Georgy meets with Katie to drop off the photos and to try and pick her up, to which she declines. Georgy doesn’t take no for an answer, and pays Katie a midnight visit and ends up violently assaulting and raping her. Georgy then kidnaps Katie and takes her to Bulgaria, where Ivan, Georgy and their brother Nicolay use her for the sex trade. After a stroke of luck, Katie escapes and begins to plan her vengeance.
The problem with a film like ISOYG 2 is what you can exactly say that you enjoy about it. Obviously, no sane person could enjoy the film’s rape scenes, which are predictably and honestly some of the hardest things I’ve ever had to watch (and yes, I’ve seen Monica Bellucci’s rape scene in Irreversible). So it’s kind of by default that the revenge scenes get the praise, even if they’re just as hard to watch as the rape scenes. While I don’t exactly share that view, I will say that there was a sense of satisfaction on some level when Ivan and company got what was coming to them. Also, the effects are all practical, making things that much more real. Gorefans will be in heaven.
As far as the acting went, Jemma Dallender was pretty good as Katie, though being put through hell like that will have garnered sympathy from the majority of people. She did bounce into B-movie territory sometimes, but she at least kept things going. Predictably, Yavor Baharov, Joe Absolom and Aleksandar Aleksiev were scumbags as Georgy, Ivan and Nicolay. Simply put, you weren’t going to like them in the slightest, and there wasn’t anything redeemable about them. Achievement get.
This is again where the film gets tough. Obviously, you can’t say you hated the film because it was full of horrible rape and equally-disturbing revenge scenes, since that’s the whole purpose of this film. Oh wait, yes, you can. Truthfully, I didn’t hate this film, but compared to the first film, the original, and other torture porn entries over the years, it’s nothing new that we haven’t seen before. The film also carries some plotholes that were rather annoying, like why Katie didn’t just go to the embassy once she was able to escape. Then again, we wouldn’t have the gory revenge scenes if she did. *sigh*
So, I Spit On Your Grave 2 is just as mean, harsh and brutal as the first film. That’s a given. But is it worth your time? If you’re like me, however, it’s a one and done viewing. Everything about this film feels like a “been there, done that” deal, and largely, that’s what it is. You’ve seen the original and the remake, so there’s really no reason why you’d want to see this one. If, however, you’re still a fan of these types of films, then you can’t go wrong with this one. There’s enough disturbing and unflinching brutality to keep you going. I’ll leave enough hot water for the shower when you’re done.
Presented in 2.40:1 1080p widescreen, ISOYG 2 looks great. Colors are deliberately muted and the film looks very cold with its cool hues. Excellent detail, with no sign of artifacting or other anomalies.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track also excels. Corey Allen Jackson returns from the first film to score this one, and again his music delivers on the suspense. Ambient effects are also nicely replicated here, and dialogue is free from any distortion.
Apart from this being a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, the only extra on this set is five minutes of deleted scenes that were obviously cut for time. If you want to watch scenes like Jemma Dallender taking selfies and complaining about how she looks for a couple of minutes, then you’re in luck.
This might be a surprise for you, but the internet is host to a lot of weird people. Be it Facebook, Skype, Reddit, whatever. Now I’m not going to point fingers, since when you look at said people, obviously there’s a line between a harmless interest and something that should involve the cops breaking down your door. Anyway, the internet has been one of those topics that horror movies have utilized to varying degrees, particularly in the indie film market. With his film Creeper, writer/director Matthew Gunnoe has taken the potential creepiness that an online chat website holds, and turned it into a rather unsettling affair.
For those not familiar with the term, a “Creeper” is someone who lurks on social media or dating websites looking to get off on unsuspecting people. Heather and her friends have gotten tired of this happening to them, and so they decide to turn the tables. Finding a man named Jerry Tobin on the dating website ConnectMeNet, they goad him into humiliating himself on camera, performing various acts of depravity in return for the girls’ potential nudity. Unfortunately for Jerry, it’s all a setup as the girls manage to find and beat him up, then post the clips of his acts online for the world to see in a video titled “Revenge on a Creeper”. Unfortunately for the girls, however, is that Jerry wasn’t quite all there to begin with, and this abuse and humiliation causes him to snap and disappear. Re-emerging one year later, Jerry’s off of his meds and looking for payback.
The film is essentially divided up into two parts, with the first part being the girls bullying Jerry. In an ironic twist, you end up feeling for Jerry as the guy is seemingly put through the ringers in hopes that he would gain friends in the girls. It helps that the girls are snotty and not at all sympathetic characters, despite their intentions to get revenge on the supposed sleaze that have been hounding them. I say supposed, since we don’t actually see instances of this. From a story standpoint, it makes sense: make the girls totally unlikeable, while Jerry gets the sympathy card. As expected, things change in the second half with Jerry dealing out the revenge with us rooting him on. Mostly.
Darryl Baldwin, who plays Jerry, doesn’t talk in the film, and is therefore supposed to use facial expressions and body language to communicate his emotions. He does the best that he can, but it’s quite obvious that it’s not his strong suit. He does an adequate job of being the “gentle giant” type, but when he goes nuts, he’s a formidable dude. He’s rough with the girls, putting them through their own humiliations (one involving a bucket used for an outhouse, and another reminiscent of Se7en). As mentioned previously, the girls are bratty and not at all likeable, which works but leads into a bigger problem with the film.
Given that the film is your low budget affair, you can expect some weak acting. Unfortunately, there’s weak and then there’s bad. Creeper‘s acting is bad. The girls are one-note. Almost every emotion comes across as fake. One minute a girl will be crying after being captured, the next she’ll be back to being bitchy without any transition. No tears, no sniffles, nothing. Another instance has a couple of the girls getting the upper hand on Jerry, but rather than going at him furiously, it’s a couple of lame kicks and more annoying talk. I know that the idea is that they’re supposed to be unlikeable, but there’s a line between unlikeable and just being annoying. Unfortunately, the girls are annoying, and have you itching to reach into your screen to choke them yourself. It doesn’t end there. The film sees fit to throw in your stereotypical stoner character who promptly meets his demise, but not after making stoner talk and offering Jerry weed, as well as one of the worst SWAT teams ever put to film. The SWAT team shows up, and promptly gets taken out by Jerry and some questionable Adobe After Effects footage. Really, who brings mortar rounds to take out a psychopath, or goes full sniper camouflage, only to be blown up a few seconds later? I know it’s a forest, but there’s no land elevation and you’re standing next to trees with grass cover on you.
So yeah, you can guess what kind of film Creeper is: another lame indie film that throws on a scratch filter to make it seem like a Grindhouse film, but is point-and-shoot with actors who can’t act and budget effects. It’s an agonizing 96 minutes to sit through, and doesn’t have the switch of sympathy between the girls and Jerry (which you’d hope that it would). The only redeeming part would be the eventual nudity by the girls, but even that’s ruined by the acting.
Here’s an extended preview, with some clips available here.
Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, rape-revenge movies generated loads of controversy as they shot up, bit off, and poured acid on the dicks of the male audience. Call it desensitization or evolution, but nowadays these films generate shrugs more than shocks. Such is the case with Austin Chick’s Girls Against Boys, an incredibly dull and unenthusiastic entry into the genre (Austin Chick is the name of the director, I’m not referring to some chick from Austin).
College student Shae is gearing up for a weekend in the Hamptons with her boyfriend, a shifty-eyed Brit with a shaved head (honestly, you can do better than him, Shae). It’s obvious she’s over the moon for this guy. When she tells one of her classmates about him she gets all starry eyed. Those stars quickly explode into a supernova when her boyfriend reveals he has a wife and kid.
Heartbroken and in a bit of shock, Shae still manages to go to work. She bartends at a multi-level warehouse-type deal alongside Lu, a fiery redhead who carries herself like a hard-ass. When Lu catches Shae crying on her break, she instinctively knows it’s guy troubles. She invites Shae out for a night of boozing to forget her woes, but if two good-looking women at a bar ever attracted anything, it’s more woes in the form of douchebags.
Several shots later, the girls are invited back to some dudes’ apartment in Brooklyn. One of them, Simon, is particularly sweet on Shae. She’s blackout drunk though and Simon is a gentleman, so he waits until the next morning when she’s conscious to rape her.
Like most useless cops in rape-revenge movies, the police are disinterested and talk to Shae like she’s the criminal. One sits there, leaning back in his chair and slurping down a soda while she recounts the horrific incident. Pigs, huh? This is usually the point in these movies where Simon would be brought to trial and let go with a smack on the wrist. On his way out of the courtroom, he’d throw Shae a wink and a smirk. Shae would become disillusioned with the U.S. justice system and decide to take matters into her own hands. Instead Lu casually suggests they kill Simon. She steals a gun from a cop she seduced and the girls begin their revenge buddy-movie.
This has got to be the most boring revenge movie of all time. Austin Chick seems too evasive to commit to anything. When the film starts veering into psychological thriller territory (Lu’s fucked in the head), it’s cut short. When they start getting down to some brutal revenge, it’s cut short. I know it’s not about the graphic violence here, but what is the point of this film? Got me.
Vigilante films, regardless of their quality, are either cathartic or shocking or both. The best ones (Rolling Thunder, Vigilante) make an audience meditate on the nature of revenge and the closure it allegedly brings. Even at its worst the very theme of revenge should stir up some kind of emotional response. But it’s gotta have some guts, y’know? Girls Against Boys is too spineless and thematically chickenshit to discern more than a shrug.
A/V & Special Features
The disc I received was a screener and did not contain any special features. There were some compression issues with the disc, but at least the blocky images gave me something to think about besides the shitty movie.
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales was originally published in Japan way back in 1998 (Komoku na shigai, Midara na tomurai) but over the past year, translations of individual stories from Yoko Ogawa’s cryptic anthology have crept into classy American lit mags like Harper’s, Zoetrope: All Story, and Guernica. Ogawa’s highbrow, gothic style may not appeal to stalwart gorehounds, but she’s a critics’ darling, and fans of slow burn supernatural horror may want to sign up for this one. The new English translation by Stephen Snyder, released by Picador, hits American bookstores on January 29. Read on for the full review. READ MORE
When her pleas for help are ignored and cause her daughter’s death, a woman seeks revenge on the person she blames.
Reviewed by James A. Janisse
Bedevilled is the slow-cooking 2010 directorial debut by Jang Chul-Soo, a well-built thriller that evolves from an oppression piece to a graphic revenge tale. The film and its pair of lead actresses have won a number of awards, and deservedly so. Bedevilled is 115 minutes of poignant struggle and captivating carnage.
The story is set in motion through Hae-won, a business woman from Seoul who’s forced to take a vacation after a stressful day leads her to slap a coworker down. She visits the rural island where she grew up to re-connect with an obsessive childhood friend. The friend, Kim Bok-Nam, is one of less than a dozen inhabitants that make up the island’s disconnected society. The focus then shifts to Bok-Nam and her abusive marriage before the film’s crazy midpoint sets off a grotesque killing spree.
Before we get a glimpse of Hae-won, a female pedestrian gets sexually assaulted in the film’s opening scene. Hae-won witnesses the attack but remains silent at a police line-up, setting up themes of violence against women and inaction against it. Sometimes heavy-handed, the abuse that Bok-Nam experiences at the hands of her husband and the older women on the island is nevertheless poignant and perfectly set, taking place on an isolated island where even a washing room is considered impressive. Hae-won, played by Ji Seong-won, is a perfect audience surrogate, a modern city woman thrown into this regressive rural island.
Despite constant put-downs, beatings, and the fact that her husband has sex with a prostitute openly and in front of her, Bok-Nam takes all of the abuse leveled at her with a strong back and an unceasing wide-eyed wonder of Hae-won’s life in Seoul. Though she deals with her own horrible treatment, she still wants the best for her young daughter – so when she finds out that the girl is being raped by her husband, she tries to escape. Her attempt fails and the ensuing tragedy causes her to snap and start killing her oppressors in the most brutal ways possible.
Bok-Nam starts with the enablers, a cartel of old women who reinforce very traditional gender roles and allow her husband’s abuse to go on unchallenged. After hacking and slashing them with harvesting tools, she turns on her husband and his brother, at which point the movie gets medieval in the form of a grotesque beheading and a straight-up evisceration. Sandwiched between these visceral murders is an intense scene where Bok-Nam fellates a knife before symbolically castrating her husband, biting his finger clear off.
It’s not until after her oppressors are dealt with that Bok-Nam turns on Hae-won, the film’s perspective shifting accordingly. No longer a justified vengeance streak, Bok-Nam’s attack on the woman she’s spent the movie worshipping comes off as surprising. Her bloodlust seems misguided and unfair as she lunges after the pretty and seemingly innocent Hae-won. But a slick twist, revealed in a flashback, shows that Hae-won isn’t as blameless as she first appears.
The fact that Hae-won prevails and puts Bok-Nam down may suggest that a patriarchal society can never be overcome as long as some women are accomplices to it, but the film does end with a lesson, as Hae-won is finally able to speak up against injustice and identify the perpetrators of the sexual assault she witnesses before.
Bedevilled is a riveting and intelligent film. A small but ridiculously talented cast lend legitimacy to scenes that aren’t afraid to get vividly violent. Able to make a statement while providing plenty of sex and gore, Jang Chul-Soo’s debut feature should please everyone who sees it, no matter what they look for in a film.
Video: Bedevilled is shot in crisp HD, though the image is sometimes a little bright, with the sky and some of the more luminescent colors getting washed out in many of the film’s outdoor daytime scenes. This visual decision is motivated by the role the sun plays in Bok-Nam’s transformation, but still, it’d be nice to see some more of the island’s verdant plant life. Overall, it looks great, the film’s aesthetics able to vary between the city setting and the rural landscapes with equal beauty.
Audio: 5.1 surround sound is mixed well and sounds good.
Extras / Special Features:
Behind the Scenes (13 minutes): This is just 13 minutes of footage shot on set as they were filming. There is no commentary or elaboration on the production that we’re seeing, just repeated takes of various scenes. Footage starts with the bathing scene between the women, shows more detail of the head-in-the-tree, and includes rehearsals of a fighting scene, revealing the mats and boxes used to cushion the actors’ falls. Unfortunately, unless you’re desperate for some behind the scenes footage, it’s not that interesting.
Trailer (2 minutes): The trailer sets up the film’s violent vengeance streak, saying in usual dramatic form that Bok-Nam is not dumb or crazy, just BEDEVILLED! My favorite part of the film was the slow-build up to her murder spree and the uncertainty in how she’d deal with her lot in life, but since this review spoils more than the trailer, I guess I can’t criticize it too much.
Twitch Film is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the lead role of “Maria” in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, his remake of the Korean thriller that will star Josh Brolin in the lead role. For the female lead both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska had been offered and rejected the part.
In Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean original, “a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.”
The remake has been riddled with casting issues over at Warners. It’ll be interesting to see if this or Akira gets off the ground first. READ MORE
Color me disappointed, it looks like that will longer happen. Here’s hoping they can find a similarly inspired choice for the role.
Per Twitch, “Firth confirm[ed] the offer in subsequent interviews while playing coy about his intended response but had he taken the role on it would have seen him playing Josh Brolin’s tormentor in the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned for years without explanation. Well, they’re going to need to find another kidnapper. Twitch has learned that Firth has now officially passed on the project meaning they need to find someone else to play opposite Brolin in what is being planned as an early 2012 shoot.”
It’s worth noting that when we spoke with producer Roy Lee last month he insisted that this new take would be “different and darker” than the original.
Whom do you Oldboy fans feel should play the villain? READ MORE
Last week while Bloody Disgusting was on the Los Angeles set of Takashi Shimizu’s new film, 7500, we had a chance to speak with Roy Lee about that film as well as a few upcoming projects. While I can’t say too much about 7500 right now, Mr. Lee was able to clue us in on a progress report in regard to Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.
Things are gearing up fast, “We are planning to shoot ‘Oldboy’ in March, and we should start preproduction in late January”.
On if they had retained anything from the draft by Better Luck Tomorrow writers Ernesto Foronda, Fabian Marquez and Justin Lin, “No. This is completely separate. A brand new script by Mark Protosevich.”
As far as the new approach? “It is very similar but we’ve added new elements. Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements that will throw off the audience that have seen the original movie. There are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but then eventually get it going in the same direction… The ending will be something that fans of the original will e very happy with, in fact some may consider it to be a bit darker.”
On that famous hallway scene, “There’s a different interpretation of that scene that will hopefully be Spike’s signature moment in the movie. He wants to show it in a way that he’s never seen an action movie do it before.”
7500 lands in theaters on August 31, 2012. Expect more updates, and our full set report, as that date approaches. READ MORE
This could actually be pretty amazing. It seems that Colin Firth has a shot at a really meaty role as the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake!
Per Twitch, “Twitch has learned that an offer is out to Firth for the part of Adrian, which means that – should he accept – he will be stepping into the villain role opposite Josh Brolin”
It’s worth noting that Twitch was the first to report that Brolin was in talks so this could be legit. There was also mention of Rooney Mara joining the pic a few months back though that has yet to be confirmed.
Oldboy fans – what do you think? Is Firth up to the task? READ MORE
Lonely and disturbed Jacob Kell loved his little sister more than anything on earth. When tragedy strikes, Jacob retaliates the only way he knows how – and anyone who crosses his path will know there is no limit to his brutal vengeance.
Christian Bale has made clear he won’t decide his next move until after The Dark Knight Rises wraps later this fall. When that time comes, he’ll have some weighty options — several high-profile projects and a handful of studios are actively courting the soon-to-be former Caped Crusader, reports Variety.
One such film: Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. According to the site, Bale would play the villain, which means he won’t have to worry about having sex with his own daughter. It would be nice to see Bale brush off his Patrick Bateman character from American Psycho and work bits of him into this redo.
“The original South Korean masterpiece revolves around a man who’s kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he’s finally released and begins looking into the reason for his captivity, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has even more torturous plans for him.”
The original film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
After a three-year hiatus, Spike Lee has found his next feature directing project, committing to helm Mandate Pictures’ remake of the South Korean thriller Oldboy, as previously rumored late last week.
“The original story revolves around a man who’s kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he’s finally released and begins looking into the reason for his captivity, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has even more torturous plans for him.”
The original film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Mark Protosevich has adapted the script with Roy Lee and Doug Davison producing through Vertigo Entertainment and 40 Acres & A Mule Productions. Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce.
Oldboy has been a high priority at Mandate for some time, with Steven Spielberg at one point eyeing to direct and Will Smith circling to star. When Spielberg and Smith moved on, the project went under the radar as Mandate began searching for new candidates.
Our friends at Twitch have learned exclusively that Spike Lee (Inside Man, Do the Right Thing) is apparently in taks to direct the kong-gestured Oldboy, Universal Pictures’ remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean masterpiece.
Word of a US remake of the Park Chan-Wook revenge classic first surfaced in 2008 with rumors that both Steven Spielberg (in some capacity) and Will Smith were eyeing the project.
The film is set up at Mandate with Doug Davison and Roy Lee producing and Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) writing the script.
“An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.”
If you haven’t seen Oldboy yet, you have no idea what you’re missing out on.
Starting its limited release on November 7, Patrick Hughes’ Red Hill tells the story of Officer Shane Cooper, and the worst first day on a job EVER. According to Blu-Ray.com, Sony announced the Blu-Ray/DVD release of the Aussie thriller, with a street date of January 25, 2011. No specs were given, but expect those to roll out before the new year. Check out our review and interview with star Ryan Kwanten in the meantime, and keep your eyes locked here for more updates as they come in.