Alice Lowe wrote and directed the film as a vehicle for herself and shot the film in her 7th month of pregnancy. Playing a pregnant woman driven to murder by the words of her unborn baby and a deep set grief spurring on revenge, Lowe certainly crafted a timely role. Unfortunately the premise fails to maintain its initial mix of interest and dread and collapses under its own conceit long before its silly conclusion.
Those familiar with 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' and 'Sightseers' will be familiar with Lowe's brand of macabre satirical deadpan British lower-middle class social realism humour. Her directorial debut is an extension of this; the best kind of acquired taste.
Refreshingly starts out amiss the murderous fray, sans any slow-crawl buildup for the inevitable. However, the comedy is too low-key and deadpan, and the horror starts out effectively wicked, then its power dissipates when the film tries to be more inviting, but flails in uneven characterization tones. It's also thin in insights and commentary for its premise, often skimming over potential deeper analysis.
Simultaneously entertaining and zany, “Prevenge” is already a massive success near younger audiences.
However, it lacks the superior pitch-black tones and emotional strength of “Sightseers”, feeling somewhat puerile in its approach.
A foetus on a killing spree: obviously Prevenge is a comedy but the killings aren’t very comical because of the laconic & realistic way their shown. It’s both comic and repulsive at the same time; determined to give you mixed feelings.The script isn’t very special but I was happy to see many intriguing characters (getting killed). Especially the comic and repulsive DJ who was an apt caricature of the ever young male.
3.5 stars... It's British, it's low budget, it's a right proper discovery I made trawling new releases on 'Amazon Prime' of all places, it's Alice Lowe's Directorial debut, it's fun and unexpectedly profound in equal measure... please, please, please check it out and support this film! We need to support these films so more flourishing talent has the opportunity to be discovered! Well done Miss Lowe...!!!