There are a few films out there that stand so firmly on their own, people don’t realize they’re actually sequels.
The biggest news story from yesterday, at least in my opinion, was the announcement that Pollyanna McIntosh had reprised her role as the titular feral woman from Lucky McKee’s 2011 shocker The Woman in a sequel called Darlin’. Not only is McIntosh back from more mayhem, she actually directed the film, and will be shopping it at the Cannes Film Festival beginning this weekend.
While many people are excited to see what The Woman has been up to since she decimated the patriarchal Cleek family and took off with their daughters, even some hardcore proponents of the film, penned by novelist/screenwriter Jack Ketchum, don’t realize The Woman is actually a sequel to the 2009 movie Offspring.
Ketchum also wrote the screenplay for Offspring, and it’s based on his novel of the same name. While it’s not necessary to have seen it to fully understand and appreciate The Woman, it is a direct sequel. It explains McIntosh’s character came to be alone that day in 2011 when Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) found her in a heavily forested area of New England.
Offspring also stars McIntosh, so The Woman is indeed as direct a sequel as there can be. Without spoiling it for those who may want to see it in advance of Darlin’s release, she’s part of a clan of primitives. While this is not an unfamiliar trope, The Woman has always been the leader of her tribe—someone even her alpha-male mate trembled in fear of.
So when Darlin’ arrives in theaters sometime in the not-too-distant future, it’ll actually make The Woman part of a trilogy.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Offspring below, followed by the trailer and synopsis for The Woman and the synopsis for Darlin’.
Official Synopsis: Surviving members of a cannibal clan — long-thought wiped out — re-emerge to feast on residents of a peaceful Maine community.
Official Synopsis: A lawyer (Sean Bridgers) puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member (Pollyanna McIntosh) of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
Official Synopsis for Darlin’: “Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she’s to be rehabilitated into a “good girl” as an example of the miraculous work of the church. But Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin’s psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way.”
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