Film / The Woman

The Woman is a 2011 horror film directed by Lucky McKee and based on the book by Jack Ketchum (who also co-wrote the script with McKee). It is about a feral woman who is one day kidnapped by Chris, a suburban dad, lawyer and hunter who locks her up in his cellar and, with the help of his family, attempts to "civilize" her. He's... not exactly the best man for the job. Violence, domestic abuse, bloodshed and a harsh feminist attack on misogyny and male dominance ensue.

The film gained infamy at a Sundance Q&A screening, where a woman fainted and a man went on an angry rant at the director.

A loose sequel to the 2009 film Offspring.


  • All There in the Script: The name of the Cleek's feral daughter is only given in the credits—Socket.
  • Amoral Attorney: Chris, though most of his evilness is shown outside the courtroom.
  • And Show It to You: The feral woman kills Chris by ripping out his heart and eating it in front of him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Gruesomely averted with Belle and Miss Raton.
  • Domestic Abuse: Chris regularly slaps Belle around whenever she speaks out of line.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chris
  • Fingore: Chris loses his ring finger while inspecting the woman's teeth.
  • Foreshadowing: Chris remarks that the feral woman, after she's cleaned up and put in a crisp new dress, looks like one of the wives from a polygamist cult.
    • One day before leaving for work, Chris tells Brian "Don't do anything I wouldn't do". Brian then molests the woman, just like his father did the night before.
    • Near the end when Chris is yelling at Peg, he says that she's just like her sisters. We've only met one sister. Where's the other one?
  • Going Native: At the end of the film, Darlin', the youngest daughter, joins the feral woman and heads off into the woods to live with her. Peggy hesitates, but then starts to follow them as well.
  • Gorn
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Brian.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Chris.
  • Hot Teacher: Miss Raton.
  • Housewife: Belle.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "That is not civilized behavior!" Coming from the man who's keeping a woman locked in his cellar.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The feral woman has no qualms with biting off Chris' finger or Belle's face. For that matter, the other feral woman Chris has locked up doesn't have a problem with eating Miss Raton alive.
  • Jerkass: Chris and Brian.
  • Kill the Cutie: Belle.
  • Only Sane Man: Peggy is the only one who seriously criticizes Chris' capture of the feral woman, what with Belle being too henpecked to stand up to him and Brian being too much like his dad.
  • Parental Incest: Chris thinks that Miss Raton is insinuating that he raped and impregnated Peggy. The worst part is that he's probably right... and that she's probably right as well.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Belle goes through the whole movie meekly going along with Chris' schemes. But when she finds out that her son was raping the woman and Chris doesn't care at all, she finally snaps and calls him out on everything he's been doing.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The feral woman gets one at the end.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Chris is asked about his bandaged hand at work and makes a joke about having reached out to a "sweet smelling lady" who responded by biting his finger off - this of course is exactly what happened.
  • Shrinking Violet: Belle, likely as a result of years of domestic abuse.
  • Standard '50s Father: Chris is a very dark subversion.
  • Stepford Smiler: Both Chris and Belle.
  • The Stinger: A bizarre live action/animation hybrid featuring Darlin' on a boat landing on a desert island.
  • Straw Misogynist: Chris. His claim that he's trying to "civilize" the feral woman is merely an attempt to justify his misogyny, and is played alongside his abuse of the women around him. This is made explicit during the climax, where we see that this isn't the first time he's done this.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Peggy.
  • Torture Porn
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Brian is growing up to be the same kind of misogynistic jerkass that his father, Chris, is.
  • Wild Child: The feral woman.