Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède, Jean-Louis Tribes
Written by: Coralie Fargeat
Directed by: Coralie Fargeat
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody gruesome violence, a rape, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Running Time: 108
Date: 05/11/2018
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Revenge (2018)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Tainted Desert

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Though not exactly a horror movie, Coralie Fargeat's Revenge (2017) is still a gripping, blood-soaked thriller in the vein of drive-in exploitation classics like I Spit on Your Grave and The Evil Dead, plus it's available exclusively on the horror streaming service Shudder. It's filled with edge-of-your-seat moments as the beautiful Jen (Matilda Lutz) takes a helicopter ride with her secret lover, Richard (Kevin Janssens), to his spacious desert home. Unfortunately, his two buddies Stan (Vincent Colombe) and Dimitri (Guillaume Bouchède) also show up to join Richard on an annual guys-only hunting trip. After some highly inappropriate, sexually assaultive behavior, Richard attempts to silence Jen by pushing her off a cliff. Impaled on a tree branch, but not yet dead, she gets up and attempts to set things right. Jen's physical transformation is amazing, going from a spoiled, magazine cover-girl to a blood-and-grime-covered Rambo-ess, the two opposites linked only by a single star-shaped earring. The movie's level of cat-and-mouse, one-upsmanship is as tense as it gets, and its use of physical space is masterful.

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