Thursday, April 20, 2017

Killing Spree By Unborn Baby In The Dark Comedy Prevenge

SHUDDER presents
Written and Directed by Alice Lowe

"Rocking a dirty mind and a sick sensibility... A brilliantly conceived meditation on prepartum anxiety and extreme grief. You'll laugh, you'll squirm, you'll want to get sterilized immediately."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A pitch-black, blood-soaked comedy and phenomenal first feature by Alice Lowe."

"Lowe has sculpted [Prevenge] to smash taboos and social norms. As smartly crafted and grimly funny as it is terrifying.

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A pitch black, wryly British horror comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Paddington”) that’s as funny as it is vicious,  PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood.
PREVENGE marks the directorial debut from Lowe (star and co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers”), who is a true triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own real-life pregnancy.  It received a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Directorial Debut.

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TRT: 88 min 
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley
Distributor: Shudder

The 411:
Prevenge is about a pregnant woman named Ruth played brilliantly by Alice Lowe the  writer, director whose is heavy with child. The baby is a bit pissed off and makes some unsavory demands of its Mum.  The thought of killing for your child is one many moms at one time or another may discuss. "If someone was to hurt my child I would kill them or there is NOTHING I wouldn't do for my child."' Well in this movie that is far from laugh out loud but an obvious comedy none the less, that is exactly what Ruth does. The baby tells her to kill and she does leaving a bloody mess behind her. My favorite scene is the afro wig wearing DJ who is so horny he doesn't notice that the woman he brought home for the night is largely pregnant. Men are so dumb when they are horny! The scene was cringe worthy with my husband and I squeezing our legs together and covering our eyes. UGH! 

Ruth's maternal instincts are evident with her placing a kiss on the forehead of her kills and even putting the elderly mom of one of her victims to bed with the bloody knife in her hand that she just used to kill the woman's son PLUS a kiss on the forehead.   It is a bit disturbing with that little giggling baby egging on mom through the kills. 

The movie definitely shed some light on the difficulty and loneliness of single parenthood.

Worth a look see. Is the baby a killer or does she have multiple personalities. Hmmmm.

PREVENGE is now available to stream nationwide on Shudder, and is playing at the IFC Center in New York and The Cinefamily in Los Angeles

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