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FILM DETAILS
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Lucky McKee
Pollyanna McIntosh
Sean Bridgers
Lauren Ashley Carter
Angela Bettis.
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The Woman
The feral peril


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Plot
Successful town lawyer Chris (Sean Bridgers) finds a feral woman outside his house. Taking her in, he attempts to teach her civilsation, but things don't end well. At all.


Review
The Woman
It’s more than a little disingenuous to call a movie with such a misogynist villain a feminist tract, but it’s not impossible to see this as both a satire on post-9/11 foreign policy and a link in the macabre chain that began with Psycho. In having the outwardly respectable Cleek clan capture and abuse a feral creature plucked from the Maine backwoods, director Lucky McKee has consciously courted controversy. Moreover, he dwells so lasciviously on the sin that the denunciation of Sean Bridgers’ domestic tyranny lacks sincerity. But the dark sitcomedic mood is determinedly maintained, and Angela Bettis and Lauren Ashley Carter are chillingly effective as Bridgers’ victimised wife and daughter.


Verdict
So horrifying it caused a number of hardcore journos to storm out of its Sundance screening, btu if you've got thick, thick skin, you might find something here.


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Flat As Roadkill

After seeing a trailer for this film when I went to see 'Kill List', I was left in no doubt that I 100% had to see this. However, it would seem that the trailer does not do this film justice, and not in a good way. Jack Ketchem's signature is stamped all over this monstrous thriller film, and it is true, it's horrifying, but once the journey's over (and it will be, abruptly), you're left with nothing more than memories of an absurdly varied soundtrack, upsetting yet poorly executed scenes of vio... More

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Posted by blaud at 23:04, 07 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: massive letdown!!!

I loved this and saw it at Frightfest this year. I posted this review on Imdb: So far I haven't been that impressed with Lucky McKee's films, but with The Woman he has become a director who has found his voice. Its a singular and deeply personal vision and for the first time in a film of his, it all comes together. I still find it difficult to put my finger on what makes the film so upsetting and I will need another couple of viewings to completely get my head around it, but this is part o... More

Posted by Herr Schnitzel at 14:17, 01 October 2011 | Report This Post


massive letdown!!!

After hearing the premise to this movie I was expecting to be blown away but instead it turns out its just another average horror movie, to be fair with some big performances, thats let down by some poor editing and being unable to shake that made for tv look. A real shame because I really wanted to love this movie. ... More

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Posted by mdogg81 at 12:24, 27 September 2011 | Report This Post


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