Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Woman (2011)

Director: Lucky McKee

Writers: Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee

Composer: Sean Spillane

Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Brandon Gerald Fuller, Lauren Ashley Carter, Chris Krykowski, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, Marcia Bennett, Shyla Molhusen, Gordon Vincent, Zach Rand, Shelby Mailloux

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Not every monster lives in the wild.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes!

NICE!  Watching this right after AMERICAN MARY (2012) was a sweet double bill of two films I knew nothing about and they were both solid horror, each offering up something completely different.  Sean Bridgers is hilarious, darkly so, as Chris, the patriarch that captures The Woman (McIntosh), a feral woman he finds while hunting in the woods surrounding his home.  Angela Bettis, as his wife, Belle, nails her difficult role of having to straddle the line of acceptance of what he's doing and repulsion.  McIntosh (The Woman) does a fine job but my big complaint with how her character is handled is that she's WAY TOO MUCH like a zombie with all of the hissing sounds coming out of her mouth.  The makeup effects are fantastic. The first half of the film feels a little long at times with a few scenes.  There was a point where I wasn't even sure of the tonal direction they were going in but that's all fixed in the second half which is off the chain.   And the ending!  WOW!  HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!  I loved it.  I do have a HUGE complaint and that's the songs that were used.  The mixing was horrible.  I was constantly having to adjust the volume whenever a song played, making it very annoying.  With the talent involved with this picture it was astonishing that the picture was released with that major flaw.  Still, it's a majorly kick ass horror flick that will bring out some giggles and other reactions.  I've seen, and loved, Lucky McKee's film (based on a Jack Ketchum novel), THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (2007), and after this I'm going to seek out anything else they've done together.  This is some great shit, man!

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