Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lucky McKee|
|Produced by||Robert Tonino
Andrew van den Houten
|Written by||Jack Ketchum
|Based on||The Woman
by Jack Ketchum
Lauren Ashley Carter
|Music by||Sean Spillane|
|Edited by||Zach Passero|
|Distributed by||The Collective
The Woman is a 2011 American horror film directed by Lucky McKee, adapted by McKee and Jack Ketchum from Ketchum's novel of the same name. This movie is a sequel to the film Offspring. The film stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Carlee Baker, Alexa Marcigliano, and introducing Zach Rand and Shyla Molhusen.
The movie opens with the feral Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh) circling what appears as her child. A wolf, apparently tamed by the feral Woman, circles the infant as well but does it no harm. Although it is not referenced in the film, the Woman is the last remaining member of a cannibalistic tribe that has roamed the north-east coast for decades (as seen in the 2009 film Offspring).
Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) is a country lawyer at a local barbecue with his family. The oldest daughter Peggy (Lauren Ashley Carter) sits off to the side, upset. Their only son Brian Cleek (Zach Rand) watches as a couple boys abuse and push a small girl into a corner, making no effort to save her. While out hunting, Chris happens upon the Woman, who is bathing. He returns with a net in an effort to capture her. He knocks her out and returns home with her, restrains her in a cellar, and directs his family to participate in "civilizing" her.
Over the following days, it is revealed that the family is dysfunctional. Brian enjoys causing pain to others, Peggy is withdrawn and afraid of her father and Chris gives the appearance of a smart, charming man. Chris' first attempt to approach the woman results in her biting off and swallowing the end of his ring finger. Peggy and his wife Belle (Angela Bettis) protest and the youngest daughter Darlin (Shyla Molhusen) attempts to befriend the imprisoned woman. Chris' will prevails and he orchestrates a violent series of civilizing measures.
Chris bathes the Woman with boiling hot water and later decides to bathe her with a high pressure power washer. Belle watches in horror but Peggy rushes to the Woman's aid and turns off the washer. Peggy is forced into the house while Belle and Chris move the woman back into the cellar. Later, Chris rapes the Woman while Brian secretly observes. It is implied throughout the film that Chris may have raped his daughter too, as he put a candle next to the woman after the rape, just as he had done with Peggy. The next day, Brian also violates the woman and is caught by Peggy. Belle, unable to stand it anymore, announces her intention to leave Chris and take their two daughters but not their "rapist" son. Chris knocks Belle unconscious just before Peggy's teacher Ms. Raton (Carlee Baker) rings the doorbell. Ms. Raton tells Chris that she believes Peggy is pregnant. He becomes angry, knowing that she will somehow expose the family's secret and hits her. He and Brian tie her hands and drag her to the barn where he keeps German Shepherds. Peggy protests, but Chris subjects her to a vicious verbal assault.
In the barn, Chris and Brian lock Ms. Raton in the dog's cage. It is revealed that the cage also contains an eyeless girl named "Socket" (Alexa Marcigliano) who behaves like the two dogs. Socket and the dogs kill and eat Ms. Raton. Peggy releases the imprisoned woman from the cellar. The Woman attacks and kills Belle, gnawing off most of her face. She then kills Brian, severing his torso, and rips Chris's heart out and eats it. A terrified Peggy attempts to escape with her little sister. The Woman does not attack the girls. Instead, she takes Darlin and they walk away from the house together, along with Socket acting as a dog, apparently forming a new family. Peggy, resistant at first, follows the new family at a distance as the screen cuts to black.
- Pollyanna McIntosh as The Woman
- Sean Bridgers as Chris Cleek
- Angela Bettis as Belle Cleek
- Lauren Ashley Carter as Peggy Cleek
- Carlee Baker as Ms. Raton
- Alexa Marcigliano as Socket
- Zach Rand as Brian Cleek
- Shyla Molhusen as Darlin' Cleek
Critical reception for The Woman has been positive and the movie holds a rating of 70% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 47 reviews) with the consensus "Strange, audacious, and aggressive, The Woman is an uneven horror flick that game viewers with a wildly bloody finale."
Awards and nominations
- Octopus d’Or at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, for the best international feature film
- Audience Award for the best international feature film at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
- The Siren; International Award at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival
- Fifth Best Horror Movie of the Year by Rotten Tomatoes
- "The Woman (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
- "THE WOMAN (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- The 2011 Winners of the "Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg"
- "This years winners". Lund International Fantastic Film Festival - Official site. 24 September 2011.
- Golden Tomatoes Awards 2011
- Official website
- The Woman at the Internet Movie Database
- The Woman at AllMovie
- The Woman at Rotten Tomatoes