Please note: This analysis contains spoilers from the beginning. Trigger warning for sexual abuse and rape.

As the jarring string quartet soars, adding a gut-wrenching tonality to Britney Spears’ Toxic, Cassie’s high-shine crimson heels strut towards the cabin door: but the audience’s heart is heavy, bound by lead chains in anticipation of what is about to unfold. For those familiar with Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman this is the moment we finally believe the predators of the film will receive their comeuppance, slathered in violence at the hands of a woman hellbent on revenge. What is not expected is how the final act plays out: the retribution tame in comparison to its cinematic forbears but serving as a stark reminder of the realities of both rape and revenge.

Read ‘ANALYSIS: Exploitation vs. Empowerment in I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) and PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2020)’ over on Moving Pictures Film Club.

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