The Horror Honeys: Till Death Do Us Part Wasn't Enough...

Till Death Do Us Part Wasn't Enough...

A Revenge Honey Review by Linnie


100 Feet (2008)

It's rare that revenge films put a different spin on the classic formula: a sympathetic main character is wronged (usually in a brutal fashion), and we as the audience sympathize with their pain as they seek out revenge against their attacker. After you've seen a lot of these films, unless they are particularly exceptional in some way, you start to go numb to them. But better than a spin on the same-old, same-old is a totally new approach to revenge that reminds you why the genre can be interesting. Eric Red's 100 Feet is just such a film.

Before I launch into a plot, I want to explain why I found this movie so different and intriguing, even when other people have crapped all over it for plot holes and bad dialogue... blah blah blah. In 100 Feet, the person seeking revenge is actually a massive asshole. An abusive husband is killed in self-defense by his wife after he attacks her with a knife, and even in death, he can't stop controlling her. He keeps abusing her, tormenting her, and torturing her, and of course once again, no one believes but this time, it's because he's already dead. That's a hell of a Catch-22.



The Plot: Marnie Watson (Famke Janssen) has just been released from prison for killing her police officer husband Mike in self-defense after years of abuse. She is sentenced to a year of home-confinement in their town home (the title refers to the distance she can move in and around her house) to complete her punishment under the overly-watchful eye of her husband's former partner, Shanks (Bobby Cannavale). However, it quickly becomes clear that Mike is still not willing to let Marnie go, even in death, as he continues his abuse from beyond the grave.

There are several layers to 100 Feet that make it feel predominantly true to life. First, while Mike's former partner puts on an air of righteous indignation regarding his partner's death, his obsession with Marnie betrays his guilt. You find out early on that Marnie went to Shanks several times for help, but he dismissed her. His actions are a proximate cause (sorry for the lawyer language... it still leaks out sometimes) of Mike's death and Marnie's pain because of his refusal to break the cop code of silence. This portion of Red's script is unfortunately true to life.

The sad truth is that the wives of police officers are especially at risk to become victims of domestic violence-related murder. Even when the women report the abuse, it is often swept aside and disregarded by their husband's partners and superiors, leading to a cycle of violence that doesn't end until the woman finds the support and courage to walk away... or it's too late. Having seen many such cases first hand, perhaps this is why I found 100 Feet to be a really interesting horror film. It's that rare supernatural revenge film with a grain of truth to it.

I will say that if you're looking to 100 Feet for the effects, you'll probably be disappointed: they're about 50/50 satisfactory. When Mike appears in ghostly form, he kind of reminds of something you might have seen in Ghostbusters: very 80s and glossy. However, I think the reason behind this is that Red and his team spent their budget on one REALLY effective moment, that makes me cringe every time.

The is the least awful moment. That's his jaw on the right. Yeah.
100 Feet features a subplot in which Marnie has an affair with a local grocery delivery boy played by Ed Westwick. IMDb tells me that Westwick in on the Gossip Lady of which I know jack, but apparently the childrens like him. He is cute enough, I suppose. But of course, Marnie's husband will not abide his wife with another man, and Westwick's death in 100 Feet is brutal and bone-crunchingly awful. I suppose if you're GOING to blow your FX budget on one scene, do it with gusto. Your audience won't forget.

Seeing as 100 Feet stars the absolutely stunning and badass Famke Janssen (a finalist in our Scream Queen Hall of Fame battle royale for a reason), it kind of blows my mind how little anyone talks about this film. But I DO think it's worth seeing at least once. It's a film that will stick with you and most importantly, remind you that domestic violence effects everyone: even those that should be MOST protected.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 and 1/2 Broken Grocery Boys out of 5

If you, or someone you love, are a victim of domestic violence, please contact
The National Domestic Violence Hotline. They are available with support 24/7:
www.thehotline.org
1-800-799-7233