One scary mother: Alice Lowe talks killer fetus horror movie Prevenge
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The way Alice Lowe tells it, directing and starring in her filmmaking debut, Prevenge, while almost eight months pregnant was a breeze. “Afterwards I was like, ‘God, the shoot went so smoothly!’” says Lowe, 39. “And the producers were like, ‘Um, yeah, there were some problems — we just didn’t tell you.’”
In the low-budget British horror film, which Lowe also wrote, the actress plays a woman named Ruth who starts killing the people she believes caused the death of her boyfriend. The twist? Ruth is acting under the instructions of her unborn child, with whom she has a telepathic link. “She’s smuggling this sinister force within her, but nobody suspects because she’s pregnant,” Lowe says.
The actress, a veteran of the U.K. film scene, had starred in and co-written 2012’s Sightseers but was eager to jump behind the camera. “I had been trying to develop a project as a director for a long time, and it wasn’t going anywhere,” she says. “I realized, ‘Why don’t I use all this stuff — being a woman, being pregnant — that is perceived as being a handicap in the film industry?’”
The gimmick of Lowe directing a film about a woman carrying a psychotic fetus while pregnant herself was enough to get British indie-film company Western Edge Pictures on board. “There have been pregnant directors before, but I don’t know if they’ve been starring and directing,” Lowe says. “So we knew that we would get press — and the film being good is a bonus!”
Prevenge premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and garnered strong reviews when it was released in February in the U.K. “For such a tiny feature to have the life it’s had has been really unexpected,” says Lowe.
Speaking of new life: Is her baby, Della Moon, showing any ill effects from having “played” a psycho fetus? “Not yet,” Lowe says. “She might be a cunning evil genius, hiding in plain sight to take over the world later, but she’s very angelic right now.”
Prevenge is out in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and is also available to watch on the horror streaming service, Shudder.
See the trailer for Prevenge, above.