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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 9th May 2017 Yup, we all know the saying but in our UK TV premiere on Saturday this is not just a woman who's been merely scorned but abducted, imprisoned, chained up and abused. She's got a lot to be angry about. The female revenge thriller is arguably a very contentious genre, one that's riddled with issues concerning the definition of feminism, voyeurism, and what is and isn't acceptable to be considered 'entertainment'.
It all started in 1978 with the film I Spit on Your Grave, which soon earned itself the coveted title of 'official video nasty' seeing it banned from British video stores under the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The film featured a long drawn out and painful to watch gang rape scene, and instantly became one of the most controversial horrors coining the genre 'rape-revenge' and dividing critics and viewers right down the middle. Was it in fact a bold and feminist statement highlighting how disgusting this act is, or was it merely trivialising the matter for shock value in a genre movie? Whatever side of the fence you sit on, this genre is nothing if not powerful and emotionally charged. To see a woman go from victim to vigilante in an hour and a half is satisfying stuff and makes for an incredibly strong viewing experience. Since then there's been a slew of female revenge films that allow victims of abuse to turn the tables on their attackers and not only escape, but teach them a lesson they'll never forget.
This weekend sees one of the more gritty and acclaimed thrillers get its UK TV premiere Bound to Vengeance (2015), and no it's not for the faint hearted! Here we follow Eve, a girl abducted and chained up by sexual predator Phil (Richard Tyson) in a grim basement, but the action wastes no time to get going as Eve quickly gains the advantage over her captor, tying him up instead. However in trying to escape this hellhole she discovers evidence that hers was unfortunately not the only hellhole out there, but just one out of hundreds, where girls just like her are imprisoned, beaten and abused. Grim stuff, but instead of escaping she decides to begin a mission to rescue them all and bring down this disgusting sexual slavery ring. Phil makes a deal with her and agrees to show her where the other 'safe houses' are but with each hellhole Eve uncovers more shocking than the one before, Eve learns she's really going to have to pull out the big guns.
Central to this film's strength is actor Tina Ivlev who plays Eve. A believable, vulnerable, ass-kicking heroine and definitely one to watch out for. The film boasts a slick, sick style with gritty urban decay and seedy neon stripped rooms, while avoiding showing anything truly nasty in terms of sexual violence - and for me, that's a refreshing, positive thing.
A bold film with uncomfortable subject matter that never the less plays out like a straight up hardcore revenge thriller, these men have certainly got it coming. The UK TV premiere of Bound to Vengeance is on Horror this Saturday 13th May at 9pm.
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