“The Woman” is a 2011 American horror film directed by Lucky McKee and starring Pollyanna McIntosh in the titular role. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Jack Ketchum and follows the story of a feral woman who is captured and held captive by a sadistic family in rural Maine.
The film centers around Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers), a successful lawyer and family man who becomes obsessed with capturing and “taming” the wild woman he discovers in the woods near his home. He brings her back to his basement and begins a brutal campaign of physical and psychological abuse to try and domesticate her. However, his plans are complicated when his wife and children become involved, and the woman’s true nature is revealed.
The film explores themes of misogyny, domestic violence, and the dehumanization of marginalized groups. It has been both praised and criticized for its graphic violence and disturbing subject matter, with some critics hailing it as a feminist critique of patriarchal power structures and others condemning it as exploitative and misogynistic.
“The Woman” received mixed reviews from critics but has developed a cult following among horror fans for its unique and challenging approach to the genre.
Duration: 101 min.