Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
This October I decided to watch and review some of those great horror movies (31 to be exact) that I missed on their initial release. And for Part 22 of my series of the 31 OF THE BEST HORROR MOVIES YOU (MAY HAVE) MISSED we will be checking out Redsploitation horror Avenged. Let’s get to it:
Day 22 of 31: Avenged (2013)
Director: Michael S. Ojeda
Starring: Amanda Adrienne Smith, Marc Anthony Samuel, Rodney Rowland.
IMDb Trivia: Quentin Tarantino said on The Big Picture podcast he is a fan of this film.
Plot: A deaf girl is brutalised by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.
Review: There were two films with a somewhat similar premise that I was considering for today. The first was Revenge which came out on Netflix in 2017 and the second was of course this one. Revenge was an absolute blast of a film that did a great job of balancing its themes of rape and revenge without coming across as gratuitous, but ultimately I decided to talk about Avenged instead as out of the two I feel this is the one most people would’ve missed out on. And as a movie that feels like a mash-up of The Crow and I Spit on Your Grave, that would be a huge miss for genre fans.
Avenged (also known as Savaged) tells the tale of Zoe, a young deaf woman who inherits her dad’s GTO and decides to go on a road trip cross-country (on her own no less), to begin her new life with her fiancé. Driving across the States she comes across a gang of racist a-holes who are torturing and ultimately killing a Native American man. She intervenes and ends up being brutalised and left for dead. Things then take a turn for the supernatural (and where the inspiration from The Crow comes in) as a Shaman performs a ritual that brings Zoe back from the dead, now with the spirit of an Apache warrior possessing her and taking revenge on her killers in awesomely gory fashion.
For a small budget film Avenged has a great look to it. The cinematography brings the desert to life in gorgeous ways and the special effects are very effective. Amanda Adrienne Smith does a solid job of portraying both the softer and the deadlier sides of Zoe while the actors portraying the scummy rednecks are delightfully repulsive; I know that’s a weird way to put it but sometimes I don’t need character development. All I want is to see bad people die in uniquely entertaining ways, and director Michael Ojeda doesn’t disappoint when it comes to this. I also appreciated he wasn’t heavy handed with the more difficult to stomach moments, namely the rape and torture of our heroine. I Spit on Your Grave may have served as inspiration here but I didn’t need or want to sit through anything like that if I don’t have to.
Now I’m not saying this is the best revenge movie out there and the script is far from original with films like Kill Bill, The Wraith and the aforementioned The Crow all standing taller than this one. That said, Avenged is the perfect genre flick if you’re in the mood from something simple and straightforward. What you see is what you get, and what you get is a horror-based action movie with some solid gore, a likeable lead and a story that’s fun to watch once you don’t go asking too many questions about how well the supernatural elements fit into the narrative as a whole. If you’re in the mood for some good old-fashioned revenge, Avenged has just what you need.
Sommer’s Score: 6 out of 10
You can check out Part 21 of my 31 Days List and psychological horror Citadel below together with my review of revenge flick I Saw the Devil.
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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