When lawyer and proud family man Chris Cleek stumbles across a wild, feral woman bathing in a woodland stream near his isolated country home, he immediately makes a decision that will dramatically change both their lives. Chris captures the woman and chains her up in the fruit cellar below his house, intending to tame and civilize her. To assist him, he enlists the help of his long-suffering wife Belle, their two teenage children, Peggy and Brian, and even their youngest daughter, Darlin'. But when the task at hand proves to be more difficult than first imagined, the Cleek family's fascination and well-intentioned compassion quickly turns to abhorrence and sadistic cruelty. Now, the animal in everyone is about to be revealed, along with one or two of Chris' other little secrets.
Director Lucky McKee's harrowing study of the darkness of human nature, The Woman, has polarized opinions since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film's journey to the UK has taken in a premiere at FrightFest, where it was one of the most talked about and enthusiastically received films, and a UK-wide cinema release, including a unique collaboration with leading horror festivals and film clubs for special screenings including Cigarette Burns, Celluloid Screams, Abertoir, TerrorVision, Mayhem, Dead By Dawn, and Grimm Up North.
Social satire or horror movie? Misogynistic or an attack on misogyny? These are the kinds of questions that have been pondered by audiences and critics. Whether the film is viewed as "an unflinching, accurate and undeniably powerful portrait of an extreme kind of misogyny" (Daily Mail) or simply "one of the nastiest films out this year" (The Times), The Woman is essential viewing for fans of uncompromising cinema.
Directed by Lucky McKee (The Woods; Masters Of Horror; May) and co-written by award winning horror novelist Jack Ketchum (Red; The Girl Next Door; The Lost), the film stars Angela Bettis (Toolbox Murders; Carrie; May), Sean Bridgers (Deadwood) and Pollyanna McIntosh (Burke And Hare; Exam; Land Of The Lost) in a savage and harrowing film examining the darkness of human nature.
Described over at Eye for Film as the "horror film of the year so far, and likely to become one of the most memorable and celebrated of the coming decade," The Woman (cert. 18) will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 17th October 2011 courtesy of Revolver Entertainment at the RRP of £14.99 for the DVD and £15.99 for the Blu-ray.
Special features will include:
- The Making of The Woman;
- Deleted Scenes;
- Short Film – Mi Burro;
- Meet The Makers;
- Music track, Distracted by Sean Spillane;
- 5 Exclusive Limited Edition Art Cards (HMV only).
The UK Blu-ray release also features an exclusive extra:
- The Film4 FrightFest Total Film panel with Lucky McKee, Andrew van den Houten, Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Ti West and Larry Fessenden.