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Survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A ... See full summary »

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Max Joseph (as Dallas Mayr)
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The Woman
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Survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A subplot involving Claire's despicable husband, Steven, gives an opportunity to cleverly compare predatory civilized folk to the appetite-driven primitives. Written by MODERNCINÉ STAFF

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, disturbing situations, language, nudity and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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At least one of the cannibals in this movie is really a vegetarian. See more »

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Although the setting is to be around Dead River, Maine (the characters point out the region around Machias), the scene where the police and former policeman/investigator George are discussing the whereabouts of the killers, the police cars in the scene are a sheriff's vehicle and a clearly marked Michigan police car - complete with the lower and upper peninsulas displayed on the front quarter panel. See more »

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References Flaming Star (1960) See more »

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Me and My Horse
Music by Ryan Shore
Lyrics by Andrew van den Houten
Performed by Andrew van den Houten and Ryan Shore
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Dollar Store Stephen King
25 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One gets the sense that Jack Ketchum is the discount-store version of Stephen King -- not quite brand-name, a little desperate to sell, the plastic and string slightly more fragile than the big box store items, the clientele just a little more rotund and grunting than the average shopping mall idiot.

The Girl Next Door is a wonderfully disturbing descent into Cold War-era domestic hell, the Beaver's mom screwing teenagers and inflicting medieval pain on a hapless girl; The Woman takes on a more updated version of Father's Knows Best, giving the Upright White Christian male an interesting if slightly tedious and clichéd fetish dripping with ham-fisted misogyny.

Offspring avoids such broader socio-political themes (another King trope usually brandished like a shovel thrust into the thorax of the viewer) and gets feral, pitting a band of loinclothed savages (on second-thought maybe this is supposed to be a Deep and Meaningful parody of the White Man's view on Aboriginals?) against various small town yokels and yuppie scum.

The result is superfluous gore and people you don't really care about seeing suffering in the first place. Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, from The Woman, also credited as The Woman here; I haven't read much Ketchum so I am not sure if this is a prequel to The Woman, and I don't care enough to investigate) does put in a great performance however as pure Id given flesh. The decapitation scene and subsequent money-shot blood swallow mixes just the right amount of sex and violence to count as the movie's highlight.

Otherwise, avoid at all costs


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