Shevenge – USA, 2019 – preview

 

‘A lady-led anthology of frightful flicks’

Shevenge is a 2019 American horror anthology feature film comprised of twelve shorts from female filmmakers with subjects ranging from subtle psychological scares to all-out gore. Sociopaths, serial killers, spirits, and avenging angels abound.

The shorts:

Psycho Therapy: When emotionally exhausted Tonia visits her esteemed psychiatrist, Doctor Walsh, to discuss her husband’s infidelity, the therapy session takes an unexpected turn. Tonia does not respond well to her doctor’s advice and he finds himself locked in a game of psychological hide-n-seek with a painfully disturbed patient. Directed by Staci Layne Wilson

For A Good Time, Call…: Revenge is only the beginning. Directed by Izzy Lee

All Men Must Die: Prudence throws her best friend a nice birthday party but it’s ruined by a dude, and Kyle learns just what Prudence meant when she said: “It’s your birthday, I’d do anything for you.” Directed by Kate Beacom

Just A Girl: In this experimental art short, a girl confronts her demons. Directed by Michelle Nessk

Lady Hunters: Once upon a time, three mothers killed a wolf. Directed by Angela Atwood

Hooker Assassin: They say a mother will go to hell and back for their child, but Jessi’s already there. How much further is she willing to go, to ensure the safety of her daughter? Directed by Misty Dawn

The Fetch: In a community ruled by water scarcity, one mother enacts a dangerous plan to eliminate a sexual predator. Directed by Cheryl Isaacson

Glass Ceiling: Two contract killers seek revenge when they discover that they’ve been underpaid because they’re both women. Directed by Tash Ann

Doll Parts: A serial killer’s bad day is made worse when he picks up the wrong girl. Directed by Karen Lam

Karma is a Bitch: Loosely based on the Michelle Carter murder case, this story follows the reluctant suicide of Jane. Directed by Staci Layne Wilson

Recipe #42: Baskin Robbins has 31 flavours. Heinz Ketchup’s got 57 ingredients. McDonald’s has served over 99 billion. Lisa, a creative chef, has come up with 41 mouth-watering recipes for her cookbook – and she needs just one more to complete the compendium. When she invites her new neighbour Samantha over for dinner, things take a sickly turn – but don’t worry: there’s always room for dessert. Directed by Keely Smith

Metamorphosis: A young woman in 1990s Hong Kong accidentally kills her alcoholic sadistic father in self-defence and her beleaguered mother finds a unique way to dispose of the evidence. Directed by Elaine Xia

The Leftovers: (wraparounds) Hostess Vanessa does not tolerate lateness in her party guests. Directed by Staci Layne Wilson

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It offers a lot of variety in style and cinematic voices from the filmmakers included, but is often too disparate […] — there’s “uneven” and then there’s “not necessarily belonging in the same movie.” It’s not enough to sink Shevenge, though, which still manages to function as a kind of sampler of contemporary female voices in the genre and offers more than a few excellent horror shorts.” Patrick Bromley, Daily Dead

“Like most anthologies, especially those with a large number of stories, the quality is varied. Most of the shorts in Shevenge are quite good though. The only one I had an issue with was ‘Only A Girl’ and that was because its frequently flickering lighting started to give me a headache […] If you’re up for a themed anthology Shevenge is a good choice.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Shevenge is currently available to watch via Amazon Prime

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Alternatively, order Shevenge on DVD here

Net profits going to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

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