Tuesday 16 April 2013

DVD review: Savage Vengeance (1993)

Jennifer (Camille Keaton) can’t get away from crazy psychos. After being raped 5 years ago, she is once again being hounded by some low life characters. But these guys don’t know who they’re fooling with. You see, gorgeous Jennifer got back at those rapist in a serious way. Some of them aren’t even around anymore! She is deadly with a chainsaw and pretty accurate with a shotgun too! Savage Vengeance is written and directed by Donald Farmer. The year given by IMDB is obviously wrong, this was shot in 1988 but was not released until 1993. The acting is dreadfully bad, a lot of the dialogue is laughable, the camerawork and editing is shoddy. The audio quality is poor. The soundtrack is horrible and brutally kills any sense of atmosphere. The budget of is very low and it´s one of those Shot on Video productions of the 1980s. There are flaws in continuity, notable attempts at padding out the running time. We get two prolonged scenes of bands performing/playing music. There is some gore but it is far from a gorefeast, a lot of it looks amateurish but all of a sudden there is a good throat cutting fx that I guess was added/shot during post production or is borrowed from some other flick, the scene is wierdly edited so it´s pretty obvious that the knifeattack is shot at one time (victim is lying down) and the throat cutting at another time (victim standing up) resulting in errors in continuity. The chainsaw to the head (it ain´t a spoiler as it´s proudly shown on the DVD cover) is also pretty nice. There´s topless nudity courtesy of Camille Keaton and Linda Lyer. The rape scenes, there are three different scenes, are laughably inept and lacks any impact. For instance the opening gang rape, which is prolonged and could have been nasty and sleazy, just looks just lame and ridiculous as it is very obvious that all characters keep their pants on throughout the entire time. I guess they took turns dry humping her..
Savage Vengeance is also known as I Will Dance On Your Grave Savage Vengeance and I Spit On Your Grave 2: Savage Vengeance
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Massacre Video.
Rating: 1 out of 7. Savage Vengeance is a pretty awful but yet strangely entertaining. This might be due to the fact that I´m a fan of the rape/revenge subgenre. I would be careful not to recommend this to anyone else but fans of low budget and Shot on Video flicks.


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