Alice Lowe (SUFF 2016’s Aaaaaaaah!; Sightseers) is a triple threat in Prevenge, acting as the writer, director and star of this pitch-black comedy about a pregnant woman whose unborn child psychically propels her to commit ghastly acts of murder. Ruth is seven months pregnant, and, like many expectant mothers, believes that her baby is speaking to her through an inner voice — the only difference being that her misanthropic tot is advising her to go on a killing spree. Still mourning the death of her husband just months earlier, Ruth allows her baby to push her on a quest to dispatch those who stand in her way, from a pet shop owner to a DJ to a lonely businesswoman. Through all of the carnage, Ruth's bulging belly serves as a perfect alibi; after all, who would ever suspect a cold-blooded killer could be lurking behind the sweet, glowing visage of a visibly pregnant woman? Gleefully defying the usual depictions of saintly motherhood, Lowe (who shot the film when she was seven months pregnant herself) delivers a darkly humorous directorial debut, slyly testing societal preconceptions with a grizzly exploration of life, death and the space in between.
Prevenge | Dir. Alice Lowe | Black Comedy | 88mins | UK | 2016 | Sydney Premiere
“A grisly fantasy-rhapsody about a sense of invasion and infection that is, arguably, an unacknowledged condition of pregnancy… gruesomely successful.”
“Alice Lowe has now hacked and slashed her way into the male-dominated world of the cult slasher with her debut feature Prevenge. The results are undeniably glorious, and they provide an incredibly lively and fresh take on the genre.”