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As ambitious as it is daringly transgressive, Prevenge should thrill fans of pitch-black horror-comedy -- and open untold opportunities for writer/director/star Alice Lowe. Read critic reviews

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A pregnant woman kills an assortment of people.

Cast & Crew

Tom Davis
DJ Dan
Marc Bessant
Matt
Alice Lowe
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Franki Goodwin
Executive Producer
Will Kane
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Mike Rattenbury
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Vaughan Sivell
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Andrew Thomas
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Mike Shirley
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Pablo Clements
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Critic Reviews for Prevenge

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (8)

  • It's rare to see a horror film with such a feminine point of view.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If the script's conflation of delicate conditions is never quite as outrageous or unsettling as its creator intends, Prevenge is still filled with moments that show Lowe's skill as a director and as an actress.

    September 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Lowe is a more striking and resourceful actor than director, and that's fine. She's clearly a huge talent, and it's encouraging to see her finding her voice so soon, even if it's creepy baby-doll drone.

    April 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • If metaphors were movies, Alice Lowe's new film would be a masterwork. Instead, it's just smart fun-as well as a promising dbut.

    April 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Prevenge, like many horror films, is as divisive as it is thoughtful -- no matter where you stand on it. But I assure you, it is one not to be missed. Especially now.

    March 30, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The film is a precisely crafted black-comic nightmare in a distinctive British tradition, built around a truly extraordinary performance.

    March 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 15, 2021
    I really struggled with Prevenge. I read a review somewhere that called it "pitch black," and I think that nails it. There are comedic elements in a few places which feel really odd given the tone of most of the rest of the movie. It's essentially a much more vicious Promising Young Woman with our anti-heroine being seven months pregnant. That being said, huge kudos to Alice Lowe who played the very pregnant lead/writer/director.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2017
    How many people can say they wrote, directed, and starred in their own movie while they were pregnant? I believe Alice Lowe is the only person who can claim to have done so, and she did it well. Lowe who some might recognize from "Hot Fuzz", "Sightseers", and "Garth Merenghi's Dark Place" makes her feature length directorial debut with this extremely dark comedy. In it, she is directed by the voice of her unborn child to murder the people who let the father-to-be die during a fateful climbing expedition. She begins with a spirit of vigilantism, but as her murders progress she becomes increasingly sadistic by berating and critiquing the mundane lives of her victims as she slips into a misanthropic prepartum malaise. As you follow her bloody campaign, the laughs diminish and the horror starts to set in. This film has quite a lot in common with one of my favorite films so far this year: Macon Blair's "I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore". They both concern a female protagonist who has difficulty coping with loneliness and the callous, stupid world that pays her no mind, then there's shocking gore. They diverge however in how said protagonists deal with that problem, and in the case of "Prevenge", we are left with a decidedly more pessimistic message. It's still well worth the watch considering the great gore effects, the disturbing laughs, and a soundtrack that brings to mind "Stranger Things" and classic UK horror.
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