Interview: I Spit On Your Grave 2 star Jemma Dallender Emily Stockham October 2, 2013 Editor's Choice, Features, Interviews, Women Of Horror 1 Comment 32404 Utter the title, â€˜I Spit On Your Graveâ€™, and it will undoubtedly rouse polarising and vehemently placed opinions from the hypothetical room of film buffs that Iâ€™m imagining.Â This year, the 1978 rape revenge cult-classic, and its 2010 remake were given a sequel in the form of I Spit On Your Grave 2 courtesy of director Steven R Monroe. With graphic sexual violence and arguably more brutality than the first two instalments, I Spit On Your Grave 2 offers an interesting tale for a female protagonist – something that is sadly lacking in todayâ€™s horror/thriller genre. Movie Ramblings were lucky enough to catch up with the star of the sequel, Jemma Dallender, Â to chat about her most challenging role to date. MR: How did you end up working on I Spit On Your Grave 2 – what drew you to playing such a tough role? Well, initially my agent mentioned that she had an audition for me, and as soon as she said the role contained full frontal nudity, I was like, â€˜No way! Not for me at allâ€™- but she persuaded me to head along to the audition anyway and as I got into the process I realised I loved the character and the controversy of the film. It was a role I could get my teeth into and as an actress Iâ€™m always looking for new challenges. Also, as you get to know the plot and the sentiment of the film, you realise why there are such graphic scenes, violence, nudity- it makes sense, itâ€™s not in there just for pure shock factor. I of course watched the original film, and the 2010 remake and I loved the idea and the controversy surrounding this kind of role. MR: So you think that the audience has to see the character, Katie, pushed to the brink â€“ that it gives reasoning for her behaviour so that youâ€™re rooting for her when she exacts her revenge? Exactly. Sheâ€™s made to feel so small, and treated so mercilessly. They [the male characters who kidnap Katie] reduce the character to nothing and she kind of loses her humanity in all ways possible- in order to get to that stage of the film you need to see the graphic and intense stuff she experiences. MR: Your character goes through a major ordeal to say the least, but she ends up being pretty badass by the end- Do you have a favourite revenge scene? It has to be the way she gets Ivan [letâ€™s just say it involves a vice certain parts of the male anatomy]. It was so disgusting, but ended up being quite funny to film tooâ€¦ The prosthetics were too big so it had to be changed, and refitted so we had a laugh at that. Although I think Joe [Absalom] was quite uncomfortable by the end, laying there strapped to a table, half naked all day. I felt kind of guilty to be honest so saying I enjoyed them is a bit mean, and an overstatement. The guys felt so bad during their rape and torture scenes, and I was like, â€˜itâ€™s fine, weâ€™re only actingâ€™, and they said, â€˜wait â€˜til you have to do the mean stuffâ€™, and they were right I felt awful! But the vice sceneâ€¦Itâ€™s just the ultimate revenge a female character can get and Iâ€™m sure probably the worst scene for any man to watchâ€¦ Â MR: I guess it was important to be able to have a laugh on set as the subject matter was so intense- did you have any other techniques to deal with the intensity of the role? To be honest, most of the time I would avoid having a laugh and a chat on set so that I could stay in character. I had to be in a really deep and dark place and I find it hard to find that place and then switch between that and happy when the cameras arenâ€™t rolling. I stayed pretty sombre whilst on set. But off-set of course we had a laugh and all got on really well. MR: You mentioned you watched the original 1978 I Spit On Your Grave and the 2010 remake; did you feel under any pressure following up these infamous female leads with the sequel? No, not pressure really. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s good to place too much pressure on yourself when tackling a role and this is an entirely new film in its own right so I wasnâ€™t trying to recreate something. Of course I watched them, and they are great- they made me interested in the role. I just tried to make it my own and put my own spin on the character. This instalment in comparison with the other two is a lot more brutal and intense so I was ready for the controversy. People are always going to have an opinion about films like this but I think thatâ€™s good- weather they like it or not. Itâ€™s better to provoke a reaction, rather than making a film that nobody wants to talk about. MR: Do you think the film could be described as a â€˜feministâ€™ horror due to taking back control in an otherwise male dominated cast andÂ wreaking rape-revenge? I definitely think itâ€™s a feminist film- strong female lead roles- lead roles in general are few and far between nowadays, particularly in horror. There is definitely a sense of empowerment. Katie is tough and pulls through, even physically and we donâ€™t see that often in film so it was a really refreshing and challenging role to take on. MR: Are you a horror film fan? This may surprise you, but Iâ€™m actually quite squeamish- so the blood, guts and gore isnâ€™t really my thing. It wouldnâ€™t be my first choice to watch something like that. But I do like psychological thrillers, and horrors and supernatural stuff too- like, â€˜The Conjuringâ€™, I saw that recently. Thatâ€™s the kind of horror that would keep me awake at nightâ€¦ I Spit On Your Grave 2 is released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 7 One Response Edward Buchanan October 31, 2013 This is a great interview – Jemma Dallender is fantastic in I Spit On Your Grave 2. I laughed at what she said about the vice scene – ouch!