Sundance’s ‘The Woman’ Causes a Fun Moviegoer Freakout

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C'mon, this guy seems all right. Jemal Countess/Getty Images
C'mon, this guy seems all right. Jemal Countess/Getty Images

A couple of nights ago at the Sundance Film Festival, Lucky McKee's film "The Woman" screened at midnight. McKee's films ("May," "The Woods") are known for their psychological horror violence, particularly involving women, though they're anything but misogynist; Roger Ebert called "May" "a horror film and something more and deeper, something disturbing and oddly moving." "The Woman" goes even further down this road, with scenes of serious, explicit violence in the seemingly happy life of a suburban couple. By all accounts, it's hyper intense to the point of near-mania. For one guy, it was too much.

In the big Sundance Viral Moment, apparently one moviegoer grew so upset by the film that he began screaming in the theater. One of the men he confronted was HitFix's Drew McWeeny, who recorded the man's crazy town reaction:

"THIS MOVIE DEGRADES WOMEN! THIS MOVIE DEGRADES MEN! YOU ARE SICK! THIS

IS NOT ART! YOU ARE SICK! THIS IS A DISGUSTING MOVIE! SUNDANCE SHOULD BE

ASHAMED! HOW DARE YOU SHOW THIS!" WHO WOULD MAKE THIS? WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER SHOW THIS? I WOULD LIKE

EVERY PERSON IN THIS AUDIENCE TO GET UP AND COME WITH ME SO WE DON'T

HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS SICK MIND!"

If you think that's nothing, check out the video someone shot of the still-unidentified man in the lobby, after he was escorted from the theater.

We believe we are not alone when we say: If a movie, for whatever reason, can inspire that sort of reaction in a human being, man, we can't wait to see it. That wasn't the man's intention, obviously, but man, where do we line up?

The Sundance Screaming Match is Alive and Well [IFC.com]
Lucky McKee's 'The Woman' outrages and offends with surgical skill at midnight
[HitFix]