Alice Lowe, the writer and star of Ben Wheatley’s most madcap film, Sightseers, is in complete control of her directorial debut, Prevenge (which she also wrote and stars in). It looks like she’s bringing her signature blend of deadpan and gallows humor through a character clearly not in complete control of her actions. Have a look at the trailer, along with a new clip that was just released today.
Official Synopsis: A pitch black, wryly British comedy, PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s 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. 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.
It’s worth noting that Lowe was actually pregnant when she made Prevenge, so we can assume that she drew on very real emotions and anxieties, clearly well-versed in the subject matter. And, let’s face it, pregnancy is scary—whether you’re a man and a woman. The fact that there is no shortage of procreation based horror movies proves this point in spades: Birth is scary, parental responsibility is scary, the idea of giving birth to a demon spawn is scary…
Prevenge arrives exclusively on Shudder on March 24th. In addition to Lowe, the film stars Gemma Whelan, Jo Hartley, and Kate Dickie.