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Hercules Enthusiastically Endorses Lucky McKee’s Nutty But Highly Effective New Horror Thriller THE WOMAN!!

I am – Hercules!!

An unusually brutal, gory and suspenseful thriller that has a lot on its mind, “The Woman” comes to us from Lucky McKee, writer- director of the funny psycho tale “May” and the hilariously dark “Masters of Horror” episode “Sick Girl.”

It's the story of a family man and attorney who captures, imprisons and does a lot of other things to a wild woman who may have been raised by wolves. Helpfully, McKee cast as the primitive wolf girl one Pollyanna McIntosh, who looks a lot like a supermodel once one scrapes off all the mud and blood.

(It may prove a little tricky to buy that someone as primitive as the title character could be lurking  proximate to a lawyer’s country home, but I was happy to suspend my disbelief in service of the greater narrative.)

Evoking by turns such diverse fare as “Splice,” “I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Stepfather,” “The Great Santini,” “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “The Shining,” “The Woman” builds slowly to a final, bugnuts half-hour that adroitly rewards audience patience.

The movie is, I think, a meditation on feminism and the angry alpha males who too often end up making life miserable for the families they establish.

Angela Bettis, wonderful as a central character in both “May” and “Sick Girl,” portrays in “The Woman” the lawyer’s wife. She’s a real highlight of the new film’s final reels.

McKee films come along only so often so I’m gratified to point out, as this controversial project rolls out in limited release today, it is pulling a 78% positive rating over at Rotten Tomatoes.

If it’s playing in your area, you are encouraged to give it a gander.

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  • Oct. 14, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by LloydPancakes

    That is all.

  • That would be so awesome. I feel as though both me and my peers have been indicted damnably by this film. It certainly will make me rethink any future plans that I have in my seemingly civilized mind of capturing and doing God-knows-what to a wild woman.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Ultra Rare Sequel That Stands On It's Own!

    by THEE Miracleman

    I read OFF SEASON 20-something years ago, but did not watch the low budget adaptation of it's sequel, OFFSPRING until after I saw THE WOMAN. The OFFSPRING team did as good as they could with it's budget, and the amazing Pollyanna McIntosh played the same character in that (which sets up why she's wandering the woods near a lawyer's house), but THE WOMAN gives just enough of a 'flashback' to put thoughts in our head to get through it. The biggest thing this one has going for it is it's AWESOME casting and from top to bottom (with the exception of one secondary character) that raises this film in my mind to A picture status. Recommended.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    This review...

    by Jeffrey Ermintrude

    ...will be like a red rag to a bull to all the woman-hating basement dwellers who frequent this site. You know, the ones who love to watch films with women being tortured, raped and horribly murdered as long as said film doesn't have a moral point to make - then they get all indignant and say stuff like, "how dare this film suggest i (and by association all men) enjoy watching women being tortured, raped and horribly murdered!"

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Looks even stupider than Dead Girl

    by Nozoki

    Unless that entire family has a backstory of being sociopaths, then I cry bullshit on their complacency to let dad keep a living fuck toy in the garage.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Deadgirl 2: the not quite as deadgirl

    by alpha

    The immediate problem is nobody is likeable so who gives a damn.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    What the hell happened to SCARY???

    by Nice Marmot

    It's all brutal-this, excruciating-that, torture, rape, torture & more rape . . .

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    OFFSPRING SUCKED

    by franko_bastid

    So why bother with this one? The director of OFFSPRING is the producer of this one.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    "Angry Alpha Males"? What planet are you living on?

    by BeanGrud

    The bitches are 10 times as crazy these days.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Torture rape film? FUCK,i am in.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Pretty damn good.

    by cody

    I gave this movie a chance and was very glad i did. This movie has one of the most satisfying endings ever.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Meh, I will wait till it's streaming on Netflix...

    by Judge Briggs

    I am down with seeing it. However, HC2, not so much.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I'll watch anything McKee puts out

    by Kammich

    "May" is one of my favorite genre films of the aughts; probably my favorite take on the Frankenstein mythos, ever. His "Masters of Horror" episode is such an awesomely twisted allegory for sexual transmitted diseases and the stigma surrounding homosexuality; it was pretty amazing that he could wrap all of that subtext into a 1-hour gross-out about a woman turning into a giant bug. I'm looking forward to "The Woman." McKee is probably the most unconventional "girl power" persona in Hollywood, and I know he's always got something on his mind when his films hit cinemas.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    This film was outstanding...

    by fathergreedosarducci

    ...when it was called Jessicka Rabid, and made by Elske McCain and Matt Reel, for a fraction of the budget and a fraction of the publicity, in 2008. Don't buy a faded, streaked photocopy when the original's just so much better.