Excerpt: One of the most controversial horror films of the last year is has finally hit the Blu-ray format and she is known as The Woman. We have already covered the theatrical cut of the review, but now comes time to review the Blu-ray itself. Since I reviewed the film a few months, and after watching the Blu-ray in action, my original thoughts still stand and have been re-printed in their entirety in the film review portion of this article.
Summary: What does it say about us as a species that there's such a thing as torture porn? What does it say that this unabashedly violent, usually completely disgusting genre (at least to some of us) manages to rake in sizable box office returns and seems to do especially well on home video releases? (Could it be people are actually a little ashamed to be watching this stuff, and so prefer to see it in the privacy of their own homes?
Excerpt: Female revenge movies must surely number enough now to justify a genre category of their own. Certainly, the template is clear enough; woman suffers prolonged violent sexual abuse at the hands of nasty, usually (but not always) sub-intelligent male idiots, then, after a period of devastated reflection, exerts a brutal and usually final revenge upon her deserving tormentors.
Excerpt: Lucky McKee’s striking 2002 horror-comedy May re-imagined the Frankenstein myth through the story of a young woman so isolated and antisocial that her only real relationship is with a creepy, handmade doll encased in glass. McKee’s new provocation, The Woman , extends his sympathies to another female in extreme isolation, this time a feral “savage” who’s captured in the Northeast woods and given a brutal introduction to civilization.
Excerpt: Horrorfilms die zulke extreme en uiteenlopende reacties oproepen (bv. op IMDb) zijn vaak de interessantste, en dat is met The Woman in mijn ogen ook ‘t geval. Allereerst is ‘t een vrij verontrustende film die mij een paar keer een aardig ongemakkelijk gevoel gaf, maar ik vond ‘t naast een aardige puzzel ook behoorlijk interessant, en zoals ‘t een goede film betaamt: hij is op meerdere manieren te interpreteren.