Daniel White reviews...
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Stars: Kate Dickie, Gemma Whelan, Jo Hartley
Alice Lowe's first feature as a Director is an astounding example of how very right a horror/comedy can feel. Prevenge makes Shaun of the Dead feel inferior in comparison....
"People think that babies are sweet, I'm not I'm really bitter"
I like to think that the release of Prevenge so close to the launch of Bridget Jones' Baby is one of those delicious irony things but if it was planned then it is the best marketing hook ever! A sort of antidote to the sugary sweet bland fair that is normally on offer for a film that centres around new life and birth. Prevenge is that rarest of dark horror, slash, thrillers that has a perfect balance of pitch black humour and blood red violence. The market place section on Amazon is strewn with 1p priced examples of films that got the comedy/ horror balance so horribly wrong that the film sunk without a trace. There is so much to like about Prevenge and Alice Lowe has written, directed and starred in a feature that manages to hugely entertain but also has a powerful and valid message for our society.
Personally, I absolutely love that Lowe was pregnant during the films production as it sends a strong message out of support for anyone who has ever felt less than a person because they are carrying a child.
Prevenge is one of those rare finds, it is a near perfect example of what can be achieved by a talented actress and Director who is truly learning her creative craft. Lowe has constantly demonstrated she refuses to compromise her vision and standards and Prevenge represents a new chapter in what is already a glittering career. Just go and see it!
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