Okay, so, if you haven’t seen this yet, I strongly urge you to do so. As much as I am on a different page than some people when it comes to good horror movies, I will definitely say that this is one of best, most refreshing horror movies I have seen in years. I couldn’t wait to see this, and it was even better than I imagined it would be. I am truly impressed.
Some people may think this film is nothing but violence and gore for its own sake, but it’s much more than that. As I write more about films, the more I realize how many I love that deal with human behavior and the potential for depravity. This is no exception. Besides being brilliantly directed by Lucky McKee, and partially written by the great Jack Ketchum, we get nothing less than a beautifully shot, haunting tale of a so-called family man who captures a wild, cannibalistic woman in the woods and keeps her confined in the cellar. The son is a virtual fucking psychopath following in his abusive father’s footsteps, the oldest daughter has nearly the same look on her face throughout the whole movie, and the wife is weak, despondent, and submissive, though it seems not willingly so. It’s been a while since a movie made me feel even slightly uncomfortable, so for me, that’s saying something.
I’m not going to mention anything that happens, because if you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Yeah, you may not like it (though I doubt it), but you will definitely never forget it. Okay, I can’t help it, I have to at least mention that the scene where the Woman bites off Chris’ finger is fucking DIVINE. The effects and the make-up are fantastic, and the acting…..wow. Pollyanna McIntosh did such an amazing job as the Woman that it’s hard to believe she’s only acting. If you have seen it, you know exactly what I am talking about. The music and its usage throughout is impeccable. The violence and gore never seems out of place, and always has a purpose. Hell, by the time you get to the end, and maybe even before, you will be rooting for The Woman. Honestly, I found myself yelling at the screen, doing that thing we all hate, where we try to tell the characters what to do and they just won’t listen. It’s infuriating, heart-pounding, and definitely intense, and I just really, really loved it. I will probably be doing a little bit more in-depth post about this at a later time, because I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. As I’ve said before, this is one movie you just have to see for yourself!
Now, go watch it!