The Woman – USA, 2011

The Woman 2

The Woman is a 2011 American horror feature film co-written and directed by Lucky McKee (Tales of Halloween; All Cheerleaders DieThe Woods); it is a sequel to the 2009 film Offspring written by Jack Ketchum.

In 2019, actress Pollyana McIntosh, who plays The Woman, directed a further sequel called Darlin’.

Main cast:

Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Carlee Baker, Alexa Marcigliano, and introducing Zach Rand and Shyla Molhusen.

Plot:

When lawyer and proud family man Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers: True Blood, Deadwood) stumbles across a wild, feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh: Burke and Hare) bathing in a woodland stream near his isolated country home, he makes a decision that will dramatically change both their lives.

Capturing her, Chris chains The Woman up in the fruit cellar below his house, intending to tame and civilize her. But when the task at hand proves to be more difficult than first imagined, he sets in motion a collision course for a brutal showdown between his family and the wild female force of nature…

Reviews:

“A harrowing and often darkly hilarious horror satire about family values, feminism, and the nature of violence from the twisted minds of Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum. A true find at Sundance for all fans who love gore and the twisting of Americana…” Benji Carver, Film School Rejects

The Woman is the kind of thrilling filmmaking you only get from low budget endeavors; nothing is being vetted or okayed, there is never the feeling of a suit’s hand on the director’s shoulder. This movie, with a handful of electrifying performances and a wicked sense of humor, is a direct message from the twisted hearts of Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum.” Kevin Faraci, Badass Digest

The Woman

“Part horror movie, and part character driven story, it really defies all categorization, which I usually find to be an asset to a film. The three leading performances are top notch and the best part of the movie. I think it was trying to be too many things and because of that it felt a little disjointed.” Alice Nelson, DVD Verdict

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The Woman is a yowling war cry against toxic masculinity. Sly humor ghoulishly undercuts its macho man and his self-importance. But the violent impact of his toxic masculinity is never a joke, its graveness captured by the gore and the fraught close-ups of the harrowed heroines. Then at this wild film’s center is McIntosh, a force of nature, savage, resilient, and captivating. Her only dialogue is a tongue we can’t follow yet the intention is always as clear as her hard, unblinking stare.” Kristy Puchko, Syfy Wire

Related:

Offspring – USA, 2009

Darlin’ – USA, 2019: now with more reviews

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