Never before has a neologism simultaneously captured both my attention and imagination in such a way. The satirical slasher film that is Prevenge, was recently shown at the Venice, Toronto and London International Film Festivals, and is shown at FACT on 17 January.
In her full-feature directorial debut, actress Alice Lowe plays the role of Ruth, a pregnant woman sadistically manipulated and influenced by her imminent offspring to become a homicidal maniac. Following the screenplay success of the BAFTA winning film Sightseers, in which she wrote the script and played the role of the leading star, Alice Lowe will be involved in a Q&A session immediately following Tuesday’s screening of Prevenge.
Already accumulating an accolade, winning the Monster Innovation Award at Monster Fest 2016, and receiving an award nomination (Lowe was nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards), Prevenge is already garnering deserved attention amongst film buffs. Exploring themes of loss, life and death in a dark yet comical manner, Prevenge looks set to become a “future cult classic” (as depicted by Hoxton Movies).
Perhaps unintentionally, the film on first glance could be labelled as a perverted parody of Julien Maury’s and Alexandre Bustillo’s terrifying 2007 French horror film Inside. Possible comparisons and potential homages aside, this light-hearted horror (I am well aware of the bizarre oxymoron) will be recognised as frighteningly original in this serious season of Oscar offerings. This pastiche will inevitably intrigue fervent fans of the horror genre by exploring compelling questions and issues, such as how far will a mother go to satisfy the needs of her child, and whether one can ever really replace the one-true love of their life, over the space of 140 minutes.
Also featuring This is England star Jo Hartley, and Kayvan Novak, my personal favourite from Four Lions, Prevenge presents many juicy juxtapositions that will certainly create a captivating viewing experience. The character of Ruth’s demonic yet to be born child will quite literally, in the context of the film, add credibility to the old adage that one life ends and one life begins. Furthermore, Ruth’s pregnancy presents her vulnerable nature which contrasts perfectly with the fact that she is taking control of others’ lives by determining their untimely fate.
Humorous yet haunting, comical yet callous, Prevenge is imperative viewing and is not to be missed.
Book your ticket to the screening and Q&A here.