Prevenge (2016) reviews and overview

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[Total: 7   Average: 2.7/5]

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Prevenge is a 2016 British comedy horror film written, directed by and starring Alice Lowe (Sightseers; The Ghoul; The World’s End; Kill List; Hot Fuzz).

Ruth is a pregnant woman on a killing spree. Her misanthropic unborn baby dictates Ruth’s murderous 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.

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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…

The Gennaker/Western Edge Pictures production was released in the UK on 10 February 2017 via Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. A Blu-ray and DVD release is scheduled for 5 June 2017.

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Main cast:

Alice Lowe, Jo Hartley (Inbred), Dan Renton Skinner (The Ghoul; High-Rise), Gemma Whelan (The Wolfman), Kayvan Novak (Doctor Who), Kate Dickie (The Frankenstein ChroniclesPrometheus; The Witch), Tom Davis, Mike Wozniak, Tom Meeten, Eileen Davies, Grace Calder, Sara Dee, Leila Hoffman, Marc Bessant, Della Moon Synnott.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …while Prevenge delivers cult thrills and devilish humour, Lowe is adept at probing the existential darkness of her protagonist … However, all the while, there is a glint in her eye – a thrill, no doubt shared by Lowe, of subverting expectations, of stepping out from behind the sanctified image of the glowing mum-to-be, and embracing a transgressive madness.” Michael Leader, Sight & Sound

Prevenge is a breathtaking, savage debut from Alice Lowe, one that boasts horrific moral deprivation and a sense of humor drenched in maternal madness … Sympathy, fear, admiration, doubt – those are just a handful of the emotions Lowe so emphatically conveys on-screen, and they explosively combine for the film’s final, absolutely perfect closing frame.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

“The entire premise hinges on Ruth, and because the character is innately awful and shallow—despite the film’s attempt at making us feel compassion for her—it ends up going in a predictable circle: Ruth meets man, Ruth kills man. And while the humor is a nasty shade of black (and probably its best quality), the rest of the film just isn’t that interesting.” Ryan C., The Missing Reel

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“Having both a really rough-and-ready cinematography and quite a shaky filming style, there seems a very conscious effort to place Prevenge within a proud tradition of low-budget British slasher fiction … it definitely feels like a film that seems destined to become a cult classic.” Screen Anarchy

” …a neat, often very funny, but in many ways bleak psycho-thriller of brooding maternal fear that embraces an alternative look at established roles of motherhood and pregnancy in its own violent manner and it’s great to see the British genre scene producing surprising and original, often transgressive work.” UK Horror Scene

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