Jack Ketchum

By now, most die-hard movie fans have seen the YouTube video of the man storming out of a screening of Lucky McKee’s film The Woman at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but not very many people have had a chance to see the film and why this guy left in such a huff. This coming weekend, dead in the middle of October, McKee’s new and controversial film opens in limited release, the first theatrical run the director has had since May released in 2003. May helped propel McKee into horror film stardom, so much so that with just this film under his belt, he was dubbed a “master of horror” by Showtime, who invited him to direct an episode of their series of the same name. The Woman is a sequel to the horror film Offspring, about a group of cannibals who live in the woods. The leader of this group, a feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh), returns as the victim in The Woman. While on a weekend hunting excursion, the father (Sean Bridgers) of a rural family discovers she’s living in the wild. He then captures her, chains her in his cellar, and tries to make her civilized in the most uncivilized ways. McKee took some time to chat about his new film, why it makes people so uncomfortable, and how he’s not afraid of being labeled a horror director.

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Here’s a little experiment. Watch this new trailer for Luck McKee’s The Woman and see whether it makes you want to leave the room or not. Chances are, it won’t, but that’s not because it’s not just a little offensive. It’s because it’s a fantastic, utterly watchable trailer. Horror fans need no introduction to McKee’s work, but as an introduction for those who don’t know him yet, this is a bloody mess of wonderful that has a punk rock feel to it. What would happen if you found a wild woman living in the woods? Would you chain her up and try to civilize her? Would you slap your wife about it? Ask yourself that question and check it out:

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Lucky McKee has made a career out of delivering strange horror to the small group of people who know to look out for his name. For his next trick, he’s teamed with horror novelist Jack Ketchum to co-write a sequel to “Offspring,” which was adapted for film last year. McKee and Ketchum have, of course, also turned that forthcoming novel into a screenplay for McKee to direct. They then poured blood all over the screenplay and hired cannibals to tear it to shreds with their teeth. The Woman was a character played by Pollyanna McIntosh, and you can see her here again displaying what happens when you cover Lindsay Lohan with war paint and keep her locked up in a barn for ten years.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Luke Mullen and Brian Salisbury stop by to dig into the problems of the MPAA, review three terrible awful no-good very bad films, and share with us 6 things they’ve seen on film that they can’t un-see. It’s incredibly effective, and you’ll be moved. Plus, we make jokes about Pepe Le Pew. En Francais.

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The pair who seem destined to forever work together on grizzly horror will meet up again for the sequel to a Jack Ketchum adaptation. With plenty of people eating people.

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31daysofhorror-reckoning

The Coroner chimes in with a detailed review of Jack Ketchum’s Offspring, a surprisingly violent film that hit the child-violence spot, but may not entertain all.

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