Director: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Jo Hartley, Dan Renton, Skinner, Katie Dickie, Gemma Whelan, Koyvan Novak
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Country of Origin: UK 2016 88 mins. (15)
Official Selection 2016 Venice, Toronto & London Film Festivals
Released by Kaleidoscope Entertainment
A seven month pregnant mother-to-be, blade at the ready trips into a serial killer routine that's a surreal, off-the-wall, blood soaked revenge fantasy wrapped in black humour. It screened at Venice and Toronto and when I saw it at the London Film Festival it's dark humour shone.
Single mother Ruth's (Alice Lowe) on a killing spree, but who'd suspect it. She's seven months pregnant in a not very sympathetic world for ladies expecting and the foetus within the womb tells her to kill. The midwife (Jo Hartley) was right - 'You have no control over your mind or body anymore.'
Raw and bloody, black humour edges this deadpan comedic delight ever blacker and it doesn't hold back on the blood and gore. We visit dark, dreary depressing places, an array of characters, some nice, some nasty, pass through and victims are selected at random, but perhaps they're connected to the death of Ruth's partner in a climbing accident. Start off with a couple of men - Mr Zabek (Dan Renton Skinner), the pet shop owner, top of the creepy list and Dan (Tom Davis), the misogynist pub 70s revival DJ who vomits into his Afro wig in a cab and then move onto the next. As the midwife said 'Baby knows what to do. Baby will tell you.'
'Prevenge' does for pregnancy what Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' did for caravaners which Lowe co-scripted and starred in. Low budget, great score from Toydrum, shot in record time, written, directed and starring Alice Lowe when she was 7 months pregnant adds up to a darkly dazzling debut.