Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Not every monster lives in the wild.
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
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.…
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…
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.
Extremely difficult film to rate and review! While I appreciate the underlying messages in the film, the gore sequences and Pollyanna McIntosh's outstanding performance, it's not the kind of film I would want to revisit!
It DIDN'T have to go totally batshit crazy for the grand finale! The director really asked us to swallow more than we (I) am willing to chew!
Wow! I must admit, in the early parts of this i was unsure if I liked it or not. Those doubts were based on the average acting, weird editing and unusual plot. But mid way through that all changed, I was fully engaged and couldn't look away. This is a disturbing and bizarre ride that builds to a thrilling conclusion. Love it or hate it, a film this unusual yet amazing needs to be seen.
A movie that make you want to hit someone. Disturbing in some places with some twisted kind of liberating finish. I really enjoyed it, but i wanted to see some more suffering to the people that deserved it towards the end.
An excellent premise and potential for satire crushed under the combined weight of rock bottom production values, awful, ill-fitting music choices and sloppy, indulgent direction from Lucky McKee, especially disappointing after the marvelously controlled and affecting May.
"Can't have people running around the woods thinkin' they-re an animal... its not safe." Feral women, never a good idea. Enjoyed it, annoying music though.
A wonderful feminist revenge fantasy, with stunning acting from the female lead - she went full method and lived feral in the woods prior to filming. Her character is wonderfully realised, raw and savage and powerful, with a less than savoury backstory of her own. However she has a definite twisted likeability - especially in her chemistry with the little girl. I took off half a star just for how brutally difficult to watch a good chunk of the film is - I really hate on screen sexual violence. However, the payoff seems all the sweeter for understanding exactly what she was put through. Satisfying, crunchy, and (dare I say) empowering violence.
Holy shit. Listen up. This is no movie to ignore. This is an excitingly unique, deeply disturbing, beautifully macabre, proudly one-of-a-kind cross between French Extremity horror and American Beauty suburban dramedy. I was glued, agape and agog, and once it was over, I was left clueless as to what to do next. What act could follow such an utterly insane, utterly audacious piece of work? How do I get it to stop gnawing at my assumptions of what's decent, what's normal? Lucky McKee smokes out unforeseen revulsions from the most everyday of normalcy and culminates to an absolutely crazy 30-minute climax of savagery, boundless carnage and just plain despicable behavior. And there is no way to soon forget the hardcore, brass-balls performance of Pollyanna (the most ironic possible name for the lead in this movie) McIntosh. You got me, McKee. You got me good.
I really enjoy this movie. The fact that its a partial sequel (to Offspring) is a nice touch. The 'Woman' is scary and i love the way she stares through the screen at you. It sends a chill. It is a slow affair but builds to a crazy, very satisfying ending. For genre fans its certainly worth your attention.
not nearly gory enough at the end. i wanted more dude torture
Apparently a sequel of sorts to McKee's previous film, you needn't worry about that, as this is entirely self-contained. It's the creeping sense of descent into utter depravity that makes this one generally very effective as a work of horror. Early on, you get the definite sense that something is not right. However, it would take a particularly twisted mindset to figure out the specifics, and even when they are revealed, takes a moment before you can figure out what the hell just happened. There are some logical gaps here - I'm curious why no-one ever apparently considers calling the police at any point - but if you can put them aside, this has the feel of a nightmare which straddles the line between the urban and the rural, drawing from the terrors which each hold, and combining them into a battle of the sexes. With the emphasis firmly on "battle".
Full review: trashcity.org/BLITZ/BLIT2818.HTM
Nightmarish, but too rough around the edges to really enjoy, and what it loses in quality steam it gains in absurdity toward movie's end.
A family finds and captures a feral woman living in the woods by their house.
I never really heard about this movie, but the other day, a friend of mine was telling me that we should watch it. It was one of her favorites, and I pretty much felt obligated since I have made her watch a ton of movies. So, we decided on a time to watch the movie and beforehand, I checked IMDB to find out a little bit about it.
Oh no! Jack Ketchum wrote it! I never read anything by Jack Ketchum, but I saw a movie based on his book "Girl Next Door". And that has to be one of the hardest movies to watch.…
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