ⓘ The Woman (2011 film)

The Woman (2011 film)

ⓘ The Woman (2011 film)

The Woman is a 2011 American horror film directed by Lucky McKee, adapted by McKee and Jack Ketchum from Ketchums novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Offspring. The film stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Carlee Baker, and Alexa Marcigliano, and introduces Zach Rand and Shyla Molhusen. In 2019, McIntosh has directed a sequel titled Darlin.

The film was released as part of the Bloody Disgusting Selects line.


1. Plot

A feral woman circles what appears to be her child. A wolf, apparently tamed by the feral woman, circles the infant as well, but does it no harm. Although it is not referenced in the film, the woman is the last remaining member of a cannibalistic tribe that has roamed the northeast coast for decades as seen in the 2009 film Offspring.

Chris Cleek, a country lawyer, sits at a local barbecue with his family. His oldest daughter, Peggy, sits off to the side, upset. His only son, Brian, watches as a couple of boys abuse and push a small girl into a corner and makes no effort to save her. While out hunting, Chris happens upon the woman, who is bathing. He returns with a net in an effort to capture her. He knocks her out and returns home with her, restrains her in a cellar, and directs his family to participate in "civilizing" her.

Over the following days, the family is revealed to be dysfunctional. Brian enjoys causing pain to others. Peggy is withdrawn and afraid of her father, who gives the appearance of a smart, charming man. Chriss first attempt to approach the woman results in her biting off and eating his ring finger. Chris and his wife, Belle, argue, and the youngest daughter, Darlin, attempts to befriend the imprisoned woman. Chriss will prevails and he orchestrates a violent series of civilizing measures.

Chris bathes the woman with boiling water and later decides to bathe her with a high-pressure power washer, causing her extreme pain. Belle watches in horror, but Peggy rushes to the womans aid and turns off the washer. Peggy is forced into the house, while Belle and Chris move the woman back into the cellar. Later, Chris rapes the woman while Brian secretly observes. The next day, Brian also violates the woman and is caught by Peggy. Belle, unable to stand it anymore, announces her intention to leave Chris and take their two daughters, but not their rapist son. Chris knocks Belle unconscious just before Peggys teacher, Ms. Raton, rings the doorbell. Ms. Raton tells Chris that she believes Peggy is pregnant. He becomes angry, believing that she will somehow expose the familys secret, and knocks her unconscious. He and Brian tie her hands and drag her to the barn where he keeps German shepherds. Peggy protests, but Chris subjects her to a vicious verbal assault.

In the barn, Chris and Brian lock Ms. Raton in the dogs cage. The cage is shown to also contain an eyeless girl named "Socket", the Cleeks other daughter, who behaves like the two dogs. Ms. Raton revives and tries to escape, but Socket and the dogs kill and eat her. Peggy releases the imprisoned woman from the cellar. The woman attacks and kills Belle, gnawing off most of her face. Taking a lawnmower blade, she then kills Brian, severing his torso, and rips Chriss heart out and eats it. A terrified Peggy attempts to escape with her little sister. The woman does not attack the girls. Instead, she takes Darlin and they walk away from the house together, along with Socket acting as a dog, apparently forming a new family. Peggy, reluctant at first, follows the new family at a distance as the screen cuts to black.


2. Cast

  • Sean Bridgers as Chris Cleek
  • Angela Bettis as Belle Cleek
  • Lauren Ashley Carter as Peggy Cleek
  • Pollyanna McIntosh as the Woman
  • Shyla Molhusen as Darlin Cleek
  • Alexa Marcigliano as Socket
  • Zach Rand as Brian Cleek
  • Carlee Baker as Ms. Raton

3. Reception

Critical reception for The Woman has been positive and the film holds a rating of 71% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes based on 47 reviews with the consensus "Strange, audacious, and aggressive, The Woman is an uneven horror flick that game viewers with a wildly bloody finale."

Awards and nominations

  • Fifth Best Horror Movie of the Year by Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Siren; International Award at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival
  • Audience Award for the best international feature film at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
  • Octopus d’Or at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, for the best international feature film
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