a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Not every monster lives in the wild.
A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
A lot of genre-film fans currently feel that horror is dying in our current era of remakes, and whenever someone asks me to prove them wrong regarding this, I always tell them to watch The Woman. This is a polarizing movie, and if you don't get it I doubt you will enjoy it. I was at a screening of the film where the director, Lucky McKee, was present, and things almost got violent when a group of men and women near the back started yelling at him, saying that him and his movie were a misogynistic piece of shit. I was shocked that this film could be read as anything but feminist, but I suppose some people don't understand irony.…
“Can't have people running around the woods thinkin' they-re an animal... its not safe.”
Ever since his 2002 film, May, American director Lucky McKee has had a cult following. He recently directed another horror film, All Cheerleaders Die (it was actually a remake of his own film which he had directed with a very low budget). Prior to that remake he directed, The Woman, a film centering around a violent husband who finds a wild woman living in the woods, and decides to bring her home in the attempt to civilize her. But we soon discover that there is nothing civilized about this man who treats the women in his family with no respect at all. The Woman isn’t an…
That is not civilised behaviour!
Oddly enough this is my first Lucky McKee film in over a decade as I had only seen the brilliant May from his filmography. Here McKee directs from a screenplay he wrote along with Jack Ketchum which is an adaptation of Ketchum's own novel. On the surface it looks like your typical torture flick, but call me crazy I saw much more in it.
Early on in the film I got the distinct impression that the story was making a commentary on the roles society imposes on women. We meet the Cleek family who the word dysfunctional wouldn't even begin to describe them. Father, mother, one son and two daughters. From the very…
Recommended by fatpie42.
My first impression of The Woman wasn't good. It felt disconnected, and awkward. The scenes just randomly jumped around on my screen, and for the awkwardness, well I still haven't decided whether it's all down to poor acting, or badly written dialogue.
Either way, the film grew on me as it progressed. The last 20 minutes alone upped the quality tremendously.
The Woman follows an abusive father, who one day captures a feral woman while hunting. He brings her home and makes her a "project" for the family. The story clearly addresses the question about who the real savages are in life. That answer can easily be answered by watching the evening news, but this story really…
Boys will be boys.
A powerful, angry, violent gut-punch of feminism and female empowerment. Watching THE WOMAN is like being lectured on the pervasiveness of male privilege in our society while a wigged-out chimpanzee throws blood and shit on your face.
Part of hoop-tober
“Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time, it is the voice of the trapped who have come to enjoy their cage.” – Lewis Hyde
I decided to watch The Woman earlier this year after seeing reviews that praised it highly as some kind of provocative feminist horror gem. Upon rewatch, there’s still no way I can get on board with this. I would actually consider “The Woman” one of my least favorite horror movies.
The monster of this ‘horror’ film comes in the form of a feral woman who’s been raised in the wild by wolves. Physically, she bares resemblance to a zombie and triggers the typical fears of being bitten or eaten, so a suburban…
Look what daddy found in the bush. An agressive biter as it turns out. And that is NOT civilized behavior! You would think such an injury would result in a trip to the hospital, but it's not that kind of film and it's not that kind of dad. In fact, the whole family, including the dogs, are nothing less than dysfunctional. For 100 minutes I've been glued to the screen, trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the Cleeks.
Their son for instance. You don't see one of those like that every day. At some point that feral woman in the basement didn't seem so odd anymore. A movie with an offbeat tone (hello, hot teacher!), a soundtrack that gets more cynical with every rock track it plays, a dark, twisted sort of deadpan comedy and when you get the feeling it's time for some juicy horror, McKee comes swinging with a wild, ferocious climax. Mesmerizing stuff.
Started off with a comedy horror feel and then decended into a misogynistic display of domestic abuse, rape, and gore porn. A strange one.
wow i did not expect to like this movie that much. Suspense is built up brilliantly, and any gore is held back from the beginning. The fact that at no point the film directly acknowledges that Chris is a psychopath makes its progression even better.
31 Nights of Horror
Night 27: Film 27
Add this to the list of movies that made me want to puke by the ending. My friend told me this was a horror comedy. That is not what I got. I got what would of happened if Todd Solondz made a horror film and it's sickening in all the right ways. Fantastic performances, great cinematography and good god is this a great story. This movie can be taken in so many different ways. Fuck dude, this is some sick shit. Aw jeez.
This film is weird in a sense that it's filled with inappropriate music choices, weird transitions into scenes and the brutality of it all can be quite uncomfortable but it strangely comes off as one of the most distinctly "feminist" horror films I've ever seen and somehow despite it's oddness from a direction perspective it manages to all come together in a very cohesive manner with one of the more interesting endings I've seen in a horror film.
The Woman was the first film I ever saw by Lucky McKee and made me think he was a considerable talent and worth saving his other films for when I wanted to be emotionally shocked. As part of Hoop-Tober I have watched two other films by him (May and All Cheerleaders Die) and I'm starting to think that The Woman is an exception to the rule. Like when a director does something really leftfield and it works. In a way, it reminds me of Ben Wheatley who's Kill List is probably the only film in his filmography that's worth the time of day. Again, because it's nothing like his other films.
The Woman shares certain traits that…
A brutal commentary on society's established and perpetuated norm of male dominance over females.
Quite disturbing and easy to pick holes in but for sheer horror entertainment The Woman does what it promises.
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
I'm a sucker for a positive list of modern horror movies.