“You know, most people think babies are sweet… but I’m bitter. It’s you who needs to act now, Mummy. For the both of us.”

That voice you’re hearing might be your protective, motherly conscience – or it might be the voice of your unborn child, speaking to you from within your own possessed loins. British screenwriter and actress Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, Sightseers) plunges her sharpened knife deep into her directorial debut with Prevenge, a cautionary tale of prenatal horror that stands hand-in-hand with early 90s French slasher Baby Blood – but with a feminist bent. A very pregnant Lowe (she was indeed with child during the two weeks of filming in bland, suburban Cardiff) plays mother-to-be Ruth, whose impending bundle of joy is making dead sure Mummy has no control over her mind – to say nothing of her body, which the charming, ruthless fetus wields like her favorite plaything. Lowe’s biting, warped satire and forays into extreme body horror take the male-dominated realm of genre filmmaking by the balls in this singular exploration of what not to expect when you’re expecting. A Shudder exclusive.

Dir. Alice Lowe, 2016, DCP, 87 min.

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