A Horror-Satire in Lucky McKee’s “The Woman”


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A Horror-Satire in Lucky McKee's "The Woman"
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The Woman is a horror-satire currently screening on the festival circuit. It was directed by Lucky McKee, who previously made a modestly successful and well-received horror film called The Woods, which told the story of a girl sent to a boarding school that turned out to be a coven of witches. This time McKee turns his sights to the average American suburban family as the source of his horror (and comedy), and the results are fairly entertaining if somewhat predictable and obvious.
The film begins with Chris Cleek (played by Sean
) hunting in the woods and coming across a feral woman (
Baker). He watches her for a time before snagging her in a net and knocking her...
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..... a masochistic monster who demands total control of his own little world.
effectively conveys the repressed terror of a woman living in the prison of her own home, though her fraught nerves are a little too clearly displayed and the performance at time veers slightly over the top. McKee strikes an interesting tone with the film, using some light-hearted dialogue and a generally cheery indie rock soundtrack to good effect in creating a contrast with the more grim elements of the story, which creates an uneasy feeling in the viewer and does generate some real tension in a few key scenes. While not successful on all fronts, The Woman is at least an interesting approach to the horror genre that should please fans of genre and cult films.