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Prevenge

Believing she is guided by her unborn baby, a woman embarks on a homicidal rampage.

 

United Kingdom
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
4
Fire in her belly!
5.04
3.04
5.04
4
1
3
2
Dialogue
Photography
Plot
“Pre” stands for “pregnant”, but this isn’t the rape-and-revenge film it sounds like. It’s barely a revenge flick, in fact, and it’s not all that feminist. Writer/director Alice Lowe just likes to describe and shoot castration and mutilation scenes, but she kills women, also. Her character follows her foetus’ every command, so there’s either a supernatural element at play, or she’s a nutcase!
Lowe plays a vengeful protagonist who doesn’t always appear in control, and certainly doesn’t have that grin villains have. She multitasks and handles several aspects of this production. She does a fine job. You get lots of close-ups, though, chokers, and extreme close-ups, lots of shots out of focus, shaky cam, and other idiosyncrasies of low-budget independent filmmaking.
The photography kills this film. It’s not ominous. It’s too bright for horror. Editing compensates for what isn’t there... and it sometimes makes it worse. The unborn baby’s voice is obnoxious at best and sounds like a tween’s. Between the script and the execution, something went wrong. But even the script is problematic because the protagonist’s serial killing M.O. just doesn’t gel.
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