Director Pollyanna McIntosh | 2019 | 101 minutes | Horror, Thriller | USA | English
World Premiere – SXSW 2019 – Midnighters
Official Selection – What the Fest!? 2019
Official Selection – Phoenix International Horror & SciFi Film Festival 2019
Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl” as an example of the miracle of the church. However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman, equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.
Continuing the twistedly vicious adventure of Lucky McKee’s cult hit The Woman, DARLIN’ sees standout star Pollyanna McIntosh both in front of and behind the camera, expertly commanding an all-consuming feast on the senses and sensibility in equal measure.
“I admire McIntosh’s go-for-broke style and the ambition of this project, one that reminded me of George A. Romero in the way it tries to blend social commentary, pitch-black humor, and a heavy dose of bloody make-up.”
“McIntosh knows that her film has to carry forward some of the threads from its cinematic forbearer, as the two movies will inevitably be compared to one another, but she also takes care to distinguish her work as something new. The something new appears to be mashing up the social horror genre with the coming-of-age tale under the strong influence of a decidedly female gaze.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“For a debut feature, she has a remarkably confident hand. Her passion for this world and (some of) its characters shine through every frame.”
– Bloody Disgusting
Pollyanna McIntosh – Director (The Walking Dead, The Woman, Let Us Prey)
Lauryn Canny (1,000 Times Good Night)
Bryan Batt (Mad Men, 12 Years a Slave)
Nora-Jane Noone (The Magdalene Sisters, The Descent, Brooklyn)
Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead, Shazam)
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