Mier Zarchi’s iconic Grindhouse/Video Nasty classic (it’s still censored in the UK) gets the remake treatment and its out on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment, unrated (c’mon, you didn’t think Boulevard Movies was gonna try to stick you with an R-rated version, did ya?).
This time around, Sarah Butler is Jennifer Hills. Once again, she goes to the country to write her book and runs into a gaggle of rape-happy rednecks, lead by Johnny (soap opera star Jeff Branson, could you picture the original film’s Eron Tabor as a soap hunk?). Once again, Jennifer recovers physically and then tracks down each of the men for gory revenge. The twist here is that director Steven R. Monroe doesn’t shove the revenge into the last ten minutes. In fact, thanks to advanced special make-up effects and the film’s unrated status (not to mention modern audiences ravenous for HOSTEL-type gore), Jennifer wields a knife, a shotgun, bear traps, pliers, and lets’ not forget about the fishhooks (for one guy, she even sticks the shotgun where the sun don’t shine). Of course, she saves the worst for Johnny (and goes farther than Camille Keaton did in the original). Chad Lindberg (NBC’s THE CAPE) plays the slow Matthew (and is far less annoying that the guy in the original). Daniel Franzese (BLOOD FEAST 2), Rodney Eastman (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 and 4), and Andy Howard (TRANSFORMERS 2) also star.
Anchor Bay’s DVD presents the unrated 108 minute version in an anamorphic 16:9 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. As for the extras: did you really think Anchor Bay Entertainment would give us a special edition of the original film and then skimp on extras for the remake? First off, there’s an audio commentary with director Monroe and producer Lisa Hansen. Then there’s “The Revenge of Jennifer Hills,” a behind the scenes feature on the remake. We get a selection of deleted scenes (don’t worry, Monroe wasn’t forced to cut any of the gore), a teaser trailer, theatrical trailers, and a radio spot (hmm, I think I would have remembered a radio spot for I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE). Anchor Bay UK put out double disc DVD and Blu-Ray sets featuring the original and the remake, but don’t bother with those because both the original and the remake were cut by the British Board of Film Classification.