I'll Never Die Alone
Dir. Adrian Garcia Bogliano (2008)
A group of girls travelling through the Argentinian countryside come across a girl who has been beaten to death. In their attempt to seek justice for her, they are thrown into a dangerous situation from which there may be no escape.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good, original revenge flick. The 60’s and 70’s were chock full of them, from Brian De Palma’s take on Stephen King’s novel Carrie to Wes Craven’s seminal The Last House on the Left. Some of them are straight up classics in the disturbing/extreme horror genre, like Thriller: A Cruel Picture and I Spit On Your Grave. For some reason or other, the subgenre died out over the years, with very few good examples in more recent time. Sure, you have some films like I Saw The Devil sprinkled in, but, by and large, the subgenre practically ceased to exist in the new millennium.
Thankfully, director Adrian Garcia Bogliano decided to take a crack at it in 2008 with his film I’ll Never Die Alone. This is a bread and butter revenge flick. A group of girls travelling through Argentina pass a figure that’s laying in the grass on the side of the road, and when they stop to see what it was, they find a woman who has been raped and beaten nearly to death. They see a group of what they presume to be poachers approaching from the woods, so they load the girl into their car and take off for the nearest police station. Unfortunately, when they arrive, they realize that the policemen at that precinct were the very same men they saw in the woods, and they are quickly chased down and captured to become the men’s next victims.
The men haul them into the woods and violently, brutally rape all of them. Some of them are beaten, and the survivors are dragged to a nearby cabin to be held captive. Eventually, they escape with vengeance on their mind, disposing of their captors by various means (like a wonderfully delightful garrote made of barbed wire.) They escape with their bodies, but perhaps not their minds, intact.