“Prevenge” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts:

My first question should never be a surprise anymore. What’s the significance of the title “Prevenge”? Okay, it’s a pun. But is it an apt one? Why or why not? And beyond that, we might want to explore a lot of the punning (with words but also with images) that seems to be happening in this film. Ruth’s baby tells her to be “ruthless.” There’s also lots of cutting of cords and ropes and throats in this film. What’s all that about.

Compare and contrast this film to one of our previous horror selections in terms of how it represents the monstrous qualities of grief. What new insights does “Prevenge” offer about the problem of unresolved emotions? When she’s in her Halloween make-up, why does Ruth tell her intended victim “this is what I really look like”?

Considering the film’s lineage as a revenge tragedy (turned comedy), what does it want to say about human nature and whether murder can be justified? Does “Prevenge” want us to believe that people are in fact inherently evil?

The end of this film is enigmatic, to say the least. In your understanding, what happens during the last several minutes? What is the significance of these events? What final, resolving message are we meant to take from this film?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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