Review in Brief: Prevenge (2016/17)

We’ve had plenty of schizophrenic serial killer movies, but PREVENGE must be the first where the voice telling the perpetrator to kill is her unborn child. Our antihero is utterly miserable in her pregnancy, so turns to killing and maiming, but only those who have wronged her…and witnesses. Writer-director-star Alice Lowe doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s not just pig-headed ignorant men who ostracise mothers-to-be; women can be far crueler (the parting advice from an job interview is “Sort out your own business before you interfere with everyone else’s”). It won’t be to everyone’s taste, especially if you tend to struggle with unflinching depictions of the darker aspects of humanity (though I don’t know whether we’re really meant to be on Ruth’s side). Lowe/Ruth is right, nature is “a bit of a c*nt”, but drastic changes in our bodies clearly can inspire immense creativity in artists. Immense, twisted creativity. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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