Women Who Kill: Horror and humour collide at Revelation Film Fest

Women Who Kill (★★★★★) starts off with an advertisement for a hardware store – the one stop shop which has all the things required for getting that dead body off your hands. The ad is on the podcast coming out of New York by ex-partners Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr). The deadly serious program Women Who Kill features interviews with women behind bars for their crimes and debates as to who is the most famous serial killer.

When someone is found dead at the food co-op where Morgan volunteers, the two women who are clearly obsessed with murders and murderers have a real-life crime on their hands. Jean has taken a dislike to Morgan’s new girlfriend Simone (Sheila Vand) who is clearly hiding something and as the affair intensifies she begins to suspect that Simone is in fact a serial killer.

This intriguing mixture of horror and deadpan humour is highly satirical and after while, I realised that this delightfully quirky dyke drama was a metaphor for relationships. The film takes the audience on a fascinating insider’s tour of Brooklyn and the haunts of the lesbian subculture. Morgan and Jean abound with neurosis and it is contagious as the audience gets wrapped up in their dramas.

Women Who Kill screens as part of Revelation International Film Festival. Don’t miss it on Saturday 8 July (6.46 pm at Luna Leederville) or Saturday 15 July (4.45 pm at Luna SX Fremantle).

Lezly Herbert

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