The Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh - Exam, Burke and Hare) is the last surviving member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast Coast of America for decades. When the last of her family is killed in a battle with the police, The Woman finds herself alone, severely wounded... and vulnerable.
Unfortunately she is now a far too easy prey for hunter, successful country lawyer and seriously disturbed family man Christopher Cleek (Sean Bridgers - Deadwood, True Blood). With his twisted set of ideals, Cleek decides to embark on a deranged project - to capture her and "civilise" The Woman - a decision that will soon threaten the lives of Cleek, his family and The Woman herself...
From author Jack Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, The Lost) and director Lucky McKee (May), The Woman is a film laced with intense savagery and dark humour that builds to a simply unforgettable climax.
Pollyanna McIntosh grew up in Portugal and Colombia before moving back to her birthplace of Scotland where she first began performing, on stage, at The Edinburgh Festival. She left home for London at sixteen and soon became involved in indie filmmaking (her first paid gig was as a stoner in Irvine Welsh's THE ACID HOUSE) and theatre, both as an actress and director.
A move to Los Angeles in 2004 brought her first US movie role as the manipulative, born again Christian, Stacy, in HEADSPACE. It was as famous lesbian party girl, Thumper Wint in the comedy SEX AND DEATH 101 (Simon Baker/Winona Ryder) by Heathers writer Daniel Waters that the critics really began to take note of her talent, citing a unique blend of powerful sexuality and irreverent humor.
Recent films include EXAM, a Brit thriller with Luke Mably and Jimi Mistry in which she plays an ambitious businesswoman hiding a secret to win a coveted job and BURKE AND HARE (number 1 comedy in the UK winter 2010), directed by John Landis, where she plays dippy best friend, Mary, to Isla Fisher's Ginny with Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry.
Sean Bridgers has appeared in several television shows such as The Secret, Stolen Memories: Secret From the Rose Garden, Murderous Intent and Scattered Dreams. He also starred in countless movies including NELL, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, PARADISE FALLS, JAKE’S CLOSET and CHILDREN OF THE CORN II.
Sean is perhaps best known for his role as Johnny Burns in the television series Deadwood. Johnny Burns is a worker at the Gem Saloon and is also one of Al's minions. He works as a bartender, cleaner and is also tasked to haul corpses. Moreover, he is frequently abused by Al since he is not so bright.
Angela’s debut role was a lead in the romantic tragedy, SPARROW, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, at the age of eighteen. After that film she attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, before supporting Winona Ryder in GIRL, INTERRUPTED and Kim Basinger in BLESS THE CHILD.
Bettis is most famous for her work in independent horror films, and especially her working relationship with writer/director Lucky McKee. Her title role in McKee's 2002 film MAY won her something of a cult following. Since then, she has appeared in McKee's Masters of Horror episode, SICK GIRL, and provided a voice-over for his film THE WOODS. In 2006, their MAY roles reversed, when McKee acted for Bettis in her directorial debut, ROMAN, based on a McKee script.
Bettis starred as Carrie White in CARRIE, a made-for-TV remake of Brian De Palma's 1976 classic, and headlined Tobe Hooper's TOOLBOX MURDERS, an in-name-only remake of an obscure 1970s horror film. She also starred in the crime thriller SCAR 3D.
Recently, she had a recurring role in Dexter's fifth season as Emily Birch, the first victim of Jordan Chase.
Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Lauren Ashley Carter began acting with local community theaters and continued until her move to Cincinnati in 2004 where she attended the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently living in New York.
Her first feature film, RISING STARS, is a story of young adults trying to find their way in the music industry (she is also featured on the sound track). She also stars in upcoming film THE PRODIGIES, a dark motion capture picture about five young geniuses who are brutally attacked in Central Park and begin to unleash havoc across the country.
Zach Rand began his Broadway career at age 9 as Gavroche in the revival of Les Misérables. He has the distinction of being the last Gavroche to grace a Broadway stage. Soon afterwards he was cast as Michael Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins on Broadway. After a 14-month run, he was invited by Disney to join the National Tour of Mary Poppins reprising the role of Michael.
On stage, Zach most recently originated the role of Young Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde The Musical (heading to Broadway in 2011) at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Zach had the honor of working with director Jeff Calhoun, composer Frank Wildhorn, book writer Ivan Menchell and lyricist Don Black and an amazing cast including Laura Osnes as Bonnie Parker and Jeremy Jordan as Clyde Barrow.
Zach’s second feature film following THE WOMAN, Brian Keene’s THE GHOUL, centers on a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop who – or what – is behind a handful of disappearances in their town. Zach plays Ronny the leader of the bullies. The Ghoul also stars Nolan Gould (Modern Family) and Barry Corbin (No Country For Old Men).
Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. At age 12, he and a friend made their own version of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET which they first saw at the local cinema.
After graduation, McKee traveled to Los Angeles in 1993 and enrolled himself in a film writing program at the University of Southern California's School of Film-Television. In 1999, he collaborated with making his first feature movie, a very low budget horror film titled ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, a splatter comedy about the rivalry between a group of high school jocks and four cheerleaders whom accidentally die and are brought back to life to seek revenge, with the production help from former USC classmate Chris Sivertson.
While attending USC as a sophomore, McKee wrote the screenplay for the feature movie MAY which was inspired by 'Mary Shelley''s Frankenstein and the moodiness of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Filming was made in late 2001 in Los Angeles, and finished just in time for the January 2002 Sundance Film Festival for a one-night showing where it was picked up by Lions Gate for a limited theatrical release in the US.
In 2005, McKee was offered to direct the David Ross script THE WOODS, another horror film shot in and around Montreal, Canada about a haunted woods influencing the actions of a teenage girl attending an all-girls high school located in isolation within the woods. Also in 2005, McKee was brought on by Mick Garris as one of the many film directors to direct an episode for Masters of Horror with the episode "Sick Girl" which starred May star Angela Bettis.
McKee then stepped in front of the camera for his first acting role in the starring role of ROMAN, a psychological drama-thriller which is based on his own script and directed by May star Angela Bettis. McKee has also directed RED, an adaptation of a Jack Ketchum novel about a lonely war veteran whom goes crazy after his pet dog is killed. McKee as also worked as a producer for Chris Sivertson for the 2006 feature film THE LOST also based on a novel by Ketchum.
Jack Ketchum published his first novel in 1980 titled "Off Season", a version of the SawneyBeane story. The novel was subsequently slated by the Village Voice as 'violent pornography' but, undeterred, the author continued to write fiction that deals with the cruelty and violence so often apparent in everyday life. Since the publication of "Off Season", he has released several successful novels including "She Wakes", "Cover", "Road Kill" (aka "Joyride"), "Only Child" (aka "Stranglehold"), "Ladies Night", and "Triage" (a collection of novellas) with fellow writers Richard Laymon and Edward Lee. In 1990 he published "Offspring", the sequel to "Off Season".
Four of his most powerful novels have recently been turned into films (inclusing THE WOMAN). RED is a revenge story that deals with the subject of animal abuse and stars Tom Sizemore, Brian Cox, Amanda Plummer and Robert Englund. THE GIRL NEXT DOOR - based on actual events - tracks the abuse of two teenage sisters, and is based on the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens. THE LOST is the story of a serial killer and features horror queen Dee Wallace of The Howling, Stephen King's Cujo and Rob Zombie's Halloween.
Stephen King is a fan of Jack Ketchum's work and contributed the introduction to the signed limited edition of "The Girl Next Door". King has called Jack the "scariest guy in America", and remarked that there is "a dark streak of genius" in Jack's work ("Road Kill"). King provided further praise for Jack's work during his own acceptance speech for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, 2003: he called Jack and fellow writer, Peter Straub, pioneers of modern popular fiction, specifically citing Jack's dark western, "The Crossings".
His novellas, "Weed Species" and "Old Flames", were published by Cemetery Dance Publications in 2006 and 2008 respectively. "The Woman" was released in 2010, co-written with Lucky McKee, the director of Ketchum's RED.
Andrew van den Houten, president of MODERNCINÉ, has been the motivating force behind the development, financing, production and distribution of nine feature length motion pictures. Among them are the cult classic JACK KETCHUM'S THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE WOMAN, HOME MOVIE starring Adrian Pasdar, OFFSPRING and the upcoming Chiller Network presentation, GHOUL.
Having directed both OFFSPRING and HEADSPACE, Andrew continues to commit himself to directing those projects that best fulfill his vision. In addition, his willingness to be a producing partner with cutting edge filmmakers as Lucky McKee, Christopher Denham and Gregory M. Wilson have further raised MODERNCINÉ's profile with audiences and professionals alike.
Andrew began his film career as a child actor, performing in TV commercials in his native New York City. While still in his teens, Andrew hosted a pilot for Nickelodeon and was a familiar face on the local stand-up comedy circuit. A film graduate of Boston's Emerson College, he founded MODERNCINÉ during his junior year. He has always envisioned the company as an ideal vehicle for showcasing his own creativity and that of his colleagues. After graduation, Andrew returned to New York to produce and direct several award-winning short films and TV commercials. In 2005, he directed his first feature film, "Headspace". It won numerous awards and played in theaters and on network TV.
Through MODERNCINÉ, Andrew produced two 2009 films: MADE FOR EACH OTHER, a comedy starring Christopher Masterson, Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson, George Segal and Patrick Warburton, and HOME MOVIE, a dark drama starring Adrian Pasdar (HEROES) and Cady McClain, directed by Christopher Denham.
After moving from Houston, TX to Los Angeles in 1992 to attend the University of Southern California, Sean Spillane began a career in music and songwriting that has included extensive national and international touring and the release of three full-length albums. Most notable of the bands Spillane has played with is the critically acclaimed ARLO, which was signed to Subpop Records from 2000-2004.
ARLO released two albums for Subpop, on which Spillane was one of the principle songwriters and toured with such bands as The Shins, RiloKiley, The Walkmen, and played shows with the Foo Fighters in Kobe and Tokyo Japan after their second album, "Stab the Unstoppable Hero" found commercial success in that country. A song from that album written by Spillane called "Working Title" was featured in a movie starring Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle called "The United States of Leland".
Spillane was heavily involved in two of the most successful underground rock scenes in Los Angeles of the last decade. The first being the Tuesday nights at Mr. T's Bowl, in Highland Park, CA, and the second being Kiss or Kill which is documented in the soon to be released film "Kiss Me Now, Kill Me Later". Spillane, at the time a member of the electro-pop/rock band Midway, is interviewed and has several songs in the soundtrack of the documentary.
Most recently, Sean Spillane has written songs spanning several different genres for Lucky Mckee's "The Woman". Spillane produced, wrote and recorded the songs for the film while on location during the shooting of "The Woman" in Turners Falls, MA, actually working in the music room of the local high school while the crew shot in the gymnasium which they converted into a soundstage. Spillane played guitar, bass, piano, keyboards and also sang on all of the songs included on the soundtrack album.
Sean Spillane has two solo projects that he performs with around Los Angeles, The Junior High and, The Homeless Hawks and is currently working on the soundtrack and score for the upcoming movie "Ghoul" from Moderncine.
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Win one of three Limited Edition UK quad posters, signed by director Lucky McKee, producer Andrew van den Houten and lead actress Pollyanna McIntosh.
To celebrate the release of Lucky McKee's incredible film, we have 3 Limited Edition UK posters signed by the cast and crew. Now pulled from outdoor advertising, these posters are printed to full cinema specs and there are only 150 in existence. These prizes are even more special as they were signed by Lucky McKee, lead actress Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Andrew van den Houten at the film's UK premiere at The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square in August 2011 as part of Film4 FrightFest.
To stand a chance of winning, simply answer the question below and email your answer, name and your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words WOMAN POSTER COMP in the subject line.
Question: What was the name of the film, directed by Andrew van den Houten and also starring Pollyanna McIntosh, which acts as a prelude to THE WOMAN?
The competition will close on Friday 21st October 2011 and the three winners will be notified the following week.
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The first single from The Woman, the eerily calm, dark, yet melodic track 'Distracted' by Sean Spillane was released on Thursday September 15th and is available from iTunes, Amazon.co.uk and many other online retail outlets.
ModernCiné will release The Woman Movie Soundtrack, featuring music & lyrics from indie veteran Sean Spillane, in its entirety on October 1st. Spillane, best known for his time in Subpop's critically acclaimed band ARLO, his role in electro-pop/rock band Midway and soundtrack work on films such as "The United States of Leland" blends synth pop, Americana roots and an aura of sinister melodies to capture the dark and gruesome atmosphere of the film.
Download here from iTunes (coming soon)
Download here from Amazon.co.uk - http://amzn.to/n3xKdM
Full track listing
1. What Really Hurts (3:06)
2. Freak (3:12)
3. Distracted (5:00)
4. JH2 (3:15)
5. Wild Rabbit (3:17)
6. Places You Go (4:51)
7. The War At Night (2:46)
8. Patient Satellite (3:11)
9. Complicated Woman (3:37)
10. Dear Darlin' (1:23)
11. Time To Die (4:08)
12. Deeper than an Unmuddied Lake (1:52)
UK PREMIERE - EMPIRE, LEICESTER SQUARE
August 27 2011
PREVIEW SCREENINGS - CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL
September 19 and 20 2011
Scroll down for other screening information.
Nationwide Release - From 30th September 2011 Alongside theatrical showings at Apollo Cinemas, Revolver Entertainment have also united the UK's leading horror festivals and film clubs who will come together for the very first time to showcase the film at special screenings around the country. These include: Cigarette Burns at the Prince Charles Cinema, London; Celluloid Screams at The Showroom, Sheffield; Abertoir at The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth; TerrorVision at Film Base, Dublin; Mayhem at The Broadway, Nottingham; Dead By Dawn at The Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Grimm Up North at the AMC, Manchester; Shock and Gore at The Electric, Birmingham.
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA, LONDON (in association with Cigarette Burns)
Fri 30 September 18:00 / Sat 1 October 23:10
Tue 4 October 13:00 / Thu 6 October 18:15
www.cigaretteburnscinema.com / www.princecharlescinema.com
Fri/ Sat / Wed late and Thurs Mat
Fri and Sat late and Wed and Thurs Mat
Mon / Tue / Weds and Thurs Mat
Mon / Tue / Weds and Thurs Mat
Mon / Tue / Weds and Thurs Mat
FILMBASE, DUBLIN (in association with TerrorVision)
'Preview Screening' Thursday 29 September and Saturday 1 October
NORWICH CINEMA CITY
Fri 30 September Late show
From October 7
From October 14
ELECTRIC CINEMA, BIRMINGHAM (in association with 'Shock & Gore')
Friday October 14 evening
From October 28
DCA, DUNDEE (in association with Dundead)
Friday October 28
TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE, CORK
Halloween late-night screening
THE WOMAN is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 17th October 2011. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will contain the following extras;
-The Making of 'The Woman'
-Short film - 'Mi Burro'
-Meet the Makers
-Music track - 'Distracted' by Sean Spillane
Exclusive Blu-ray feature;
-The Total Film Film4 FrightFest panel with Lucky McKee, Andrew van den Houten, Ti West, Adam Green, Joe Lynch and Larry Fessenden
You can order your copy now from the following stockists;