The Woman is Seeing in Night Vision(s). Wins Award Straight Outta Finland!

The Woman is Seeing in Night Vision(s). Wins Award Straight Outta Finland!

Kudos (the snack bar) to Lucky McKee and crew for the much deserved win at the Night Visions Film Festival in Finland. I had some very nice things to say about this picture this year. Rising over Hobo with a Shotgun and Kevin Smith’s Red State is absolutely no easy feat. Aall of these films deserve the nod they received. Full story below, and if you haven’t checked out the review here on the Sprayer you have one of two options: 1. Read the review and see the movie because you really should in spite of how poorly I write. 2. Skip the review, see the movie and tell all your friends to the see movie and then see the movie again… somebody needs to write a death metal song about this book/movie. Get on that. Oh, and see the movie. Congrats again!

THE WOMAN, director Lucky McKee’s merciless evisceration of the traditional American family values has won the Night Visions Audience Award 2011 at the Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland. This marks the second time in a row – and the second time ever – that the award goes to a North American feature with a distribution deal already in place in the territory. The first one to break the barrier was MACHETE, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, that went on to win the award in October 2010.

Night Visions Film Festival, the biggest and the oldest film festival in Finland focusing on horror, fantasy and cult cinema, was now celebrating its 15th consequtive year. The Night Visions Audience Award was established in 2008 to increase the recognition of new horror and fantasy cinema in Finland and to improve the availability and distribution of contemporary genre films in the territory. The Night Visions Audience Award is voted on site at the screenings by the audience and it is given out every year at the end of the Fall edition of the Night Visions Film Festival.

A total of 20 feature films and documentaries released in years 2010 and 2011 – and all having their Finnish premiere at the festival – were eligible for the Night Visions Audience Award 2011. North America was dominating the top three of the vote. The first runner-up for the award was the Rutger Hauer starring vigilante sensation HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (Canada 2011) by Jason Eisener. The second runner-up was RED STATE (USA 2011), Kevin Smith’s no-holds-barred take on religious extremists of small town America. Other major contestants included the controversial Asian schlockfest 3-D SEX AND ZEN: EXTREME ECSTASY (Hong Kong 2011), Matthijs van Heiningen Jr.’s anticipated crowd pleaser THE THING (USA/Canada 2011) and RABIES, the first ever horror movie to come out of Israel, directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.

Arranged from October 26th to October 30th, 2011, the Night Visions Film Festival also reached an amazing all-time high in its admission figures. The total of over 8 000 admissions showed an increase of over 50 per cent from the October 2010 edition of the event. The most popular feature of the festival was the stunningly authentic H.P. Lovecraft adaptation THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS (USA 2011), directed by Sean Branney. Branney was also one of the guests of honor of the festival, along with the Italian grandmaster of exploitation cinema Mr. Enzo G. Castellari and a number of other international and local filmmaker guests.

Just in case you wanted to read this in Finnish (from the Night Visions description of The Woman… I have no idea what it says beyond the partial American translation):

Nyt pärähtää! Ylistetty genrekirjailija Jack Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, Offspring, Red) sekä ohjaajalupaus Lucky McKee ovat luoneet jotain täysin poikkeuksellista, älykästä ja julmaa. Night Visions esittää tuoreeltaan ylpeänä elokuvan, josta puhutaan vielä pitkään.

The Woman porautuu syvälle periamerikkalaisen perheen ytimeen ja paljastaa kiiltävän pinnan alla kytevät sysimustat salaisuudet. Tarinan tärkein toimija on luotettu lakimies ja perheen pää Christopher Cleek (Sean Bridges), joka törmää metsästysreissullaan luolassa asuvaan villinaiseen (Pollyanna McIntosh). Kaiken hyvän nimissä ja sivullisia suojellakseen mies päättää vangita villin ja kouluttaa siitä salonkikelpoisen. Muu perhe ihmettelee isän toimia, mutta antaa hänelle kaiken tukensa.

Sundance-festivaalilla tammikuussa 2011 maailmanensi-iltansa saanut The Woman kirvoitti ylisanoja viimeksi Ruotsissa, kun se voitti Lundin kauhuelokufestivaalin kansainvälisen tuomariston pääpalkinnon syyskuun lopussa. Jury kiittii tapaa, jolla elokuva esittää kysymyksiä humaanisuudesta sekä sitä, että teos herättää huomiota turvautumatta itsestäänselviin shokeerauskonsteihin.

Herkkänahkaisten kannattaa joka tapauksessa olla varuillaan, sillä The Womanin perusteltu väkivalta on sanalla sanoen hurjaa. Tulkinta riippuu tulokulmasta: kokonaisuuden voi nähdä yhtä lailla feministisenä kuin misogynistisenakin kauhuelokuvana. Keskustelua se herättää takuuvarmasti.

To quote Public Image Ltd… this is what you want, this is what you get.

Festival website:
www.nightvisions.info

 

 

 


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Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived Horrorabilly band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror/suspense short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.

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