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Hope Dickson Leach
This very dark comedy is centred on Ruth, a heavily pregnant woman who is on a killing spree. For reasons that aren't immediately obvious she has a list of people to kill... and believes it is her unborn daughter that is directing her actions. The deaths are quite gory with throats cut, heads battered and in one case a man is castrated and bleeds out!
The success of this film is down to Alice Lowe who not only plays Ruth but also wrote and directed. Her portrayal of Ruth is great; too often in such films the killer is either obviously bad or excessively glamourous but Ruth is an outwardly ordinary woman; the sort people hardly notice which makes her easier to believe. It is important that she isn't too hard to sympathise with and there are scenes where she shows a caring side... most amusingly when she cares for a man's mistreated mother shortly after dispatching him. There are hints at why she is doing what she is doing early on but it isn't made totally clear too soon which provides a degree of mystery. The humour of the film certainly won't be for everybody but if you enjoy pitch black comedy in your films then I'd certainly recommend checking this out.
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