Andrew van den Houten,
The trilogy that began with director Andrew van den Houten’s The Offspring and continued with director Lucky McKee’s The Woman reaches its climax with Darlin’, which is written and directed by The Walking Dead cast member Pollyanna McIntosh. Based on the novel by the late Jack Ketchum, The OffSpring introduced a family of feral cannibals—led by McIntosh’s the Woman—that terrorized the residents of a small East Coast beach town. McIntosh returned for The Woman, which found her captured, imprisoned and physically and sexually abused by a seemingly nice white-collar family. McIntosh’s trilogy capper focuses on Darlin’, the young child the Woman stole from her slain tormentors to raise as her own. Years later, after treated at a hospital for a serious injury, the now-feral Darlin’ (Lauryn Canny) is taken in by a Catholic girls home. The Bishop (Mad Men’s Bryan Batt) views the challenge of civilizing Darlin’ not just as doing God’s work but as a way of raising awareness and funds for the cash-strapped home. The Bishop, though, is not aware that the Woman will stop at nothing to find Darlin’. Darlin’ will screen 11 a.m. March 16 at the Alamo South Lamar during this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Pollyanna McIntosh recently starred as Scavengers leader Jadis on The Walking Dead.
Aired: March 14, 2019