When fetuses attack: ‘Prevenge’ is fresh entry in horror canon

“Prevenge.” Contributed

Homicidal prenatal slasher flick “Prevenge” carves out a new place in the slasher canon.

Ruth (Alice Lowe, who also wrote and directed the film) is widowed and seven months pregnant. Her unborn child speaks to her in a raspy whisper, urging her to kill misogynists, workaholics and individuals involved in the death of her husband.

Lurking just below this film’s bizarre visage is a comically frightening meditation on depression and the toll it can take on a single working mother (Lowe was actually seven to eight months pregnant during the shooting). However, make no mistake — this a slasher film, equipped with a big shiny knife, black bag and gore scenes that would make Tom Savini proud.

While “Prevenge” screams camp on its exterior, it works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously while avoiding any hokiness. The film is beautifully shot, with a great original ambient soundtrack reminiscent of some of John Carpenter’s sonic stylings. While an incredibly dark film, it is blackly humorous with a dry British wit.

Rage, rage, rage, “monsters, all of them,” the unborn child eerily whispers. For a truly unique horror experience, you can catch “Prevenge” at 7:45 p.m. March 14 at Alamo South and 3 p.m. March 17th at Alamo South.


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