Shudder keeps the exclusive movies coming with this little ditty about a pregnant woman whose unborn baby instructs her to kill people because they're selfish pigs.
Which many people really are, at least to a point, but do they deserve to die so horribly just because they're out for themselves, and don't care about anyone else?
Well, maybe so.
|ALL BABIES TALK TO THEIR MOTHERS FROM THE WOMB WITH CREEPY VOICES.|
So yeah, Ruth's a bit wonky, but who are we to tell a woman who she can and can't indiscriminately kill in this day and age? We'd get shamed on Twitter if we did.
|THE AVERAGE INTERNET SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR, PERSONIFIED.|
I'm really glad that Prevenge wasn't used as a vehicle to bash men, because if I hear one more would-be feminist scream about "The Patriarchy" or "Rape Culture" like everyone with a penis is some sort of evil, twisted ghoul who feeds on the souls of women for kicks, I'm going to scream. I get that some men are pieces of shit, and many others treat women like objects and such, but that sort of irrational generalization is no different than men saying that all women are bitches or whores, which makes that whole "cause" come off as hypocritical to me.
No, Alice Lowe's story is about a woman who's had a bit of a mental break whilst pregnant, which coupled with some nasty pre-partum depression, turns dangerous for the men (and women, refreshingly) whom she encounters. It's a story about the fears of burgeoning motherhood, with the extra weight of being a widow only adding to the pressure of such a massive life change. Ruth, to use the director's description, is "untethered", and though we may fear her, and even dislike her, her journey is a compelling, and an oddly sympathetic one. And honestly, we're fine with some horrible people pay the price for crossing her path at the wrong time. Makes for a good movie.
It would have been cool though if the baby's voice were real, and not just a shard of Ruth's broken psyche, like in the French classic, Baby Blood (read the review HERE, if you want some more truly disturbing mother-fetus killing spree fun.) It definitely gave off the same creepy vibe.
|OFF THE RAILS.|
|HE DESERVES TO DIE JUST FOR WEARING THAT SHIRT AND WIG.|
|MAN, THAT'S COLD...|
"Look at this lot, out on the rape."
|"YOU WOT, MATE?"|
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