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Watch: See What Got Sundance All Riled Up in Trailer for Exploitation Shocker "The Woman"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 28, 2011 at 7:21AM

So you think Kevin Smith's Christian-skewering horror "Red State" was the flick to stir up the most controversy at this year's Sundance Film Festival? Think again.
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So you think Kevin Smith's Christian-skewering horror "Red State" was the flick to stir up the most controversy at this year's Sundance Film Festival? Think again.

Lucky McKee's exploitation film "The Woman" arrived in Park City without the advance buzz "Red State" came riding in on, but thanks to one very angered audience member, "The Woman" generated its fair share of controversy. In a YouTube video that went viral during the festival, an enraged patron lashes out at the picture after getting escorted out of the screening by security guards following his outburst.

"This is not art, this is bullshit, this is degradation to women," he yells in the video. "The film oughta be confiscated, burned! There's no value is showing this to anyone!"


Talk about good publicity. Up to now, cinema goers have been kept in the dark what the big deal is. If you want a taste, have a look at the recently released trailer for the film below.

The clip lays out the salacious nature of the material by asking "What would you do if you found a wild woman living in the woods?" What the film's protagonist, family man Christopher Cleek, does is beyond reproach. In the trailer we see him capture this feral lady, lock her up and try to make her subservient. He also leaves room to beat his wife.

The whole thing comes off as pretty tongue-in-cheek and doesn't scare so much as revolt. Whether the film is a satiric sexual politics exercise remains to be seen. What we know for sure: this one is primed to rile up some people's feathers when it hits theaters via the Collective and Bloody Disgusting's partnership with AMC Theaters.

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