You’ve never seen a movie quite like Alice Lowe’s darkly comic horror film Prevenge. The film has been making the rounds at film festivals around the world and just acquired North American distribution. It’s time to add this one to your must-watch list!
Prevenge follows a pregnant woman by the name of Ruth who goes on a killing spree seemingly brought on by her unborn child. The unborn baby dictates her murderous actions, speaking to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Her struggle with her “conscience, loneliness and the strain of peripartum madness leads Ruth to ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood.” This is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Check out the official trailer below:
Alice Lowe has contributed on Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy,” appearing in Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, as well as co-writing and starring in Ben Wheatley’s masterful dark comedy Sightseers, and penning the director’s cult horror classic Kill List as well. Lowe seems to have taken all that has come before to create Prevenge, and helm a film that is the perfect vehicle for her sensibilities.
Pulling triple duty as the writer, director, and star Lowe’s uniquely edgy black comedy mixes genre in unexpected ways. Being pregnant during the entire shoot in real life, Lowe’s handling of the material is all the more personal (and impressive). She delivers a post-feminist revenge film that ultimately draws parallels between society’s expectation of motherhood as a sainted and sentimentalized cornerstone with the notion of a mum-to-be being an unrepentant mass murderer. This culmination makes for a darkly humorous catharsis and some deeply satisfying defines of ridiculous expectations. Lowe is a satirist with serious bite.
Lowe herself has revealed that her influences for Prevenge ranged from Stanley Kubrick to Kate Bush. Prevenge delivers for fans of cult thrills and pitch-black comedies but never forgets about the darker aspects of her protagonist’s journey; the sadder narrative that imbues the proceedings. You could almost play the entirety of This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush over the entire film and it would feel appropriate.
The synth score from Brighton-based duo Toydrum (members Pablo Clements and James Griffith) injects an almost post-80s Carpenter-esque undertone and creates an unnerving mood throughout.
You can check out a sample of their score from the film below:
Prevenge played at both Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals back in September of 2016, and will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles beginning March 24th after it screens at SXSW. The film has already opened in the UK and the AMC Networks-backed thriller/horror streaming service Shudder is getting the rights to distribute and later stream the film.