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The Whore (2009)

The Whore (2009)

I watched Inside The Whore a few years ago, so I thought I'd give the original a shot as well. Since the second one was styled more as a hoax documentary, with behind-the-scenes type filming a la Blair Witch Project, I was expecting this to be more direct, and it was. The plot itself was pretty straight-forward, though the filming was often done in the same leisurely way as the latter, as if there was a camera in the room . though here not with the characters aware of it. It mostly features only the one main character though, and not very much interaction with other people until it all goes bad.

The story follows Rikke, an attractive girl going to the country-side to write a book, and running into some locals who soon start showing a bit too much interest.

The story's pretty standard. It wasn't as creatively provocative (if that's what you'd call it?) as the new one, and felt like a more direct Scandinavian take on the I Spit On Your Corpse seriology. The contrast between idyllic Norwegian landscapes, cottages and the whole rape thing is definitely stronger in this than the American version though, and the gore looks real, but that's all you get: a new take on old content, with a shock value lure and little else.

It starts softcore, ends brutally, and has a red thread that's easy to follow, but nothing all too new or unexpected. The one thing I miss most here is a twist. Something to break that thread. Something you don't expect.

As for this compared to I Spit On Your Grave... I'd say this one was better. It's easy to see it's on a budget, but maybe that's also the reason it's better. It has a sort of authenticity to it that only exploitation films seem to have, no matter how much Hollywood tries to make blockbusters out of the original grind. Not the type of movie I'd watch more than once, but it did what it was meant to do: shock, exploit; make a movie out of it.

 rated 2/5: decent

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