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A violent thriller set in the outback of remote La Plata region, I'LL NEVER DIE ALONE (aka NO MORIRE SOLA) is a tough and pounding story of revenge for rape, mercilessly carried out by a group of women intent on pursuing their attackers to the bitter end Written by
When Meir Zarchi made I Spit On Your Grave in 1978, he would never have comprehended the legacy that his film would eventually generate. Seen as one of the more controversial of the named video nasties, it and the genre it has recently been generating is making waves again.
This Argentine roughie must rank as one of the more effective and respectful homages to Zarchi's film. Except that here, experienced micro-budget horror director, Bogliano, takes the genres usual conceits and batters the viewers conscious for the entire duration.
Filmed in the stark sunshine of a remote part of Argentina, a group of four young girls drive past a battered and bloody body of another girl. After taking the body to the local police, upon leaving they are followed by a trio of hunters who show little mercy.
Anyone who has seen I Spit On Your Grave or, indeed, last year's remake will know the direction the film will turn. The violence is very naturalistic which will repulse the unweary. Add to this a relentless, uneasy soundscape that permeates throughout (think Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974) which is both grating and disturbing in equal measure. A brilliant example of effective low budget film making, using subtle sound techniques to off put the viewer, making you forget any budget limitations (there are noticeably a few).
The performances from the four leads are pitched perfectly. Bogliano not too indulgent with giving background detail, although a sense of compassion is forced upon us. This is especially true following the brutal ordeal that the group go through. Directly after the violent assault(s), there can be very few scenes as disturbing or powerful in recent memory as the reaction that the group's youngest member conveys, her character completely broken.
Whether anybody would want to watch such fare is really an individual choice. But there is no doubt that this is the real deal - a modern grindhouse film without the retro trappings currently being thrown at us. Granted, there are references abound (see who the film acknowledges in its opening credits for further clues), particularly from the original grindhouse movement (Thriller: A Cruel Picture is covered on a number of occasions for instance), but No Morire Sola remains a horrific horror ordeal. A true video nasty.
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