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.
This movie is insane! I mean that in the best possible way. This is a horror movie that actually has something to say, and although there were parts that were thoroughly unpleasant the unpleasantness always felt necessary to the story being told, not gratuitous. It's an instant classic of the genre, in my opinion.
Fuck that asshole dad who looks like Will Ferrell and his asshole kid.
Despite the premise, The Woman didn't end up being just another torture porn flick. It has some great editing that stands out in few scenes, and good use of sound and (sometimes) music. Did they ran out of original music? The first half has some atmospheric, droning synth tracks, which later are replaced with pop/rock songs. The use of those songs works sometimes, and in some scenes it just goes too far. When another songs ends, new begins, it was weird.
Just like the movie overall. It's dark, weird and disgusting. Yet there's something fascinating about it. I can't say that I loved this but it was a... fun watch?
Review first published by Little White Lies
Stick around after the closing credits of Lucky McKee's The Woman, and you will be treated to a beautifully animated sequence in which Darlin' Cleek (the film's youngest character) sails alone, like Max in 'Where the Wild Things Are', to an island whose monstrous inhabitant inspires wonder and delight rather than terror in Darlin'.
Not only does this joyously odd easter egg confirm the cartoonish qualities of a film where seemingly every conflict is polarised into extreme positions, but it also, as a representation of the little girl's dream life, forms a neat ring composition with the film's opening, in which the wild Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh) of the title is also shown dreaming…
What the hell did I just watch? I know this is a sequel but I doubt the first episode would've provided me context to see anything more than a string of random acts, mostly very violent. All characters are strange caricatures of human beings, lead by a complete fucktard abusing every woman in sight, because yeah, it's hard to miss that one. And indeed, now that I've read some analysis about how this is supposed to comment on gender roles and misogyny it's even harder to stomach. Unless you needed to be convinced that beating (and 'knocking') up women is bad this is mostly trite torture porn and pretentious to boot.
One of the few horror movies I watch. Some nasty shit, especially at the end
This is a sequel, but really, it's just it's own lovely film about a really angry guy.
The title is misleading.
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.
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