|Women Who Kill|
|Directed by||Ingrid Jungermann|
|Produced by||Ingrid Jungermann|
|Written by||Ingrid Jungermann|
Shannon Patricia O'Neill
|Edited by||Ron Dulin|
Women Who Kill is a 2016 American comedy thriller film written and directed by Ingrid Jungermann and starring Annette O'Toole, Sheila Vand, Tami Sagher, Deborah Rush, Grace Rex, Shannon Patricia O'Neill, and Ann Carr. The film was released on July 26, 2017, by FilmRise.
Ingrid Jungermann plays Morgan, a serial killer-obsessed podcast host who begins to suspect her new girlfriend might be a killer herself.
Exes Morgan and Jean who are extremely popular locally for their true crime podcast that focuses on female killers. While volunteering at a food co-op, Morgan meets Simone, a mysterious dark haired woman who gives her number to Morgan. Morgan begins dating Simone when shortly after, the lead organizer of the food co-op Lila is found dead and Simone was one of the last people to see her. Morgan's ex Jean has always been suspicious of Simone and she crafted a binder on all the information she could find on her, including that her real name is Allison Walker. Jean confronts Morgan with this information and has her listen to one of their old podcasts which includes an interview of the serial killer Josephine "The Clipper" Walker and her regret for the effect her murders had on her daughter Ally.
Morgan then grows suspicious and fearful of Simone as she wakes up one night to her setting the fire alarm off in the kitchen and Morgan finds a burnt piece of a passport photo the next day. Morgan finds Simone in an anxious state rapidly clipping her fingernails on the bed and she then attempts to clip Morgan's nails. Morgan reports this to Jean who now tells her that she has done more research on Simone and does not believe that she is a murderer anymore.
After attending her best friend Alex's bachelorette party, Morgan tucks Alex into bed as she is extremely drunk from the nights festivities. Simone spends the night at Alex's partner Kim's bachelorette party. Morgan pries open a mysterious box Simone keeps in her house and discovers an elaborate nail grooming kit and boxes containing nail clippings with the six names of the girls who were killed by "The Clipper." Scared for her own life, Morgan returns to Jean's apartment and informs her of what she found. The next morning Kim arrives at the apartment to tell them that Alex is missing.
While stalking Simone in search of Alex, they accidentally run into Alex. Alex accuses Jean and Morgan of playing around in order to come up with an excuse to spend time together as they have unresolved feelings. The two deny the accusation and storm off away from one another.
Later on, Morgan goes to see Jean whose new boyfriend tells her that Jean went to the co-op to check up on her and Simone who were supposed to have shift there. At the co-op, Morgan finds an unconscious Jean on the ground of the roof garden. Simone claims Jean fell and that she had already called an ambulance to help her. Morgan assumes that Simone hurt Jean and she picks up a knife off of the ground next to the nail grooming kit to defend herself. Simone asks Morgan "what if I told you I did kill those people" and asks her if she just wants a way out of the relationship. Simone then she depicts the happy life her and Morgan could live together as she begins approaching her. In her attempt to embrace Morgan she ends up impaled on her knife. Jean regains consciousness in time to witness the stabbing, revealing that she did accidentally hurt herself and Simone was innocent.
Leaving the co-op Morgan runs into another co-op member and explains her blood-soaked sweater by revealing she "hurt some people."
As Morgan walks down the street, the audience hears Morgan and Jean's podcast as they argue over whether or not an act of murder was done in self defense. This dialogue of Morgan defending the murderer mirrors her own belief that she killed Simone in self defense. Jean disagrees and claims that there was no reason to murder out of self-preservation. The two decide to poll their listeners on their thoughts.
The ending of the film comments on the fact that Morgan and Jean spend all their time studying these cases but are able to disassociate from the horrendous acts without considering how it feels to be the people they profit off of in their podcast.
- Ingrid Jungermann as Morgan
- Ann Carr as Jean
- Sheila Vand as Simone
- Annette O'Toole as Lila
- Tami Sagher as Celia
- Deborah Rush as Grace
- Grace Rex as Kim
- Shannon Patricia O'Neill as Alex
- Francis Benhamou as Candice
- Doug Moe as Tailor
- Rodrigo Lopresti as Jackson
- Terence Nance as Darren
- Jacqueline Antaramian as Josephine Walker
- Keisha Zollar as Ginger
- Ngozi Jane Anyanwu as Officer Matthews
- Anna Orlova as Officer Pratt
- Kim Blanck as Alicia
- Jeremy Paschall as Officer Henderson
Women Who Kill is A Parts and Labor presentation.
- Producers: Alex Scharfman, Ingrid Jungermann
- Executive producers: Cliff Chenfeld, Craig Balsam, Jim Rosenthal, Rick Milenthal, Victor Zaraya, Stacie Passon, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen
- Co-producers: Lauren Brady, Eric LaFranchi.
Director Ingrid Jungermann is a proud queer filmmaker stating "I just think we are in a new wave of queer filmmaking where we can comment and make fun of ourselves honestly. That’s the kind of equality I’m invested in…pure equality where we’re all able to admit to be screwed up in lots of different ways."
Rotten Tomatoes lists Women who Kill as having a score of 100% based on reviews from 13 critics. Based on reviews from 6 critics such as Variety and The New York Times, Metacritic gives Women Who Kill a 78 out of 100.
|Year||Award||Category||Nominee||Result||Title of Award|
|2016||Tribeca Film Festival||Best Screenplay for a US Feature||Ingrid Jungermann||Won||Jury Award|
|Best U.S. Narrative Feature||Ingrid Jungermann||Nominated||Jury Award|
|L.A. Outfest||Outstanding Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature||Ingrid Jungermann||Won||Grand Jury Award|
|Indie Street Film Festival||Best Narrative Feature||Won|
|Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival||Outstanding First Feature||Ingrid Jungermann||Honorable Mention|
|Oslo Fusion International Film Festival||Best Feature Film||Ingrid Jungermann||Won||Jury Prize|
|MiFo LGBT Ft. Lauderdale||Best Narrative Feature||Won|
|Seattle TWIST Queer Film Festival||Best Narrative Feature||Won|
|Melbourne Queer Film Festival||Best Narrative Feature||Won|
|Lost Weekend Film Festival||Best Screenplay||Ingrid Jungermann||Won|
|2017||Cleveland International Film Festival||Best American Independent Feature Film||Ingrid Jungermann||Nominated|
|Film Independent Spirit Awards||Someone to Watch Award||Ingrid Jungermann||Nominated||Someone to Watch|
|2018||Film Independent Spirit Awards||Best First Screenplay||Ingrid Jungermann||Nominated|
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- "Women Who Kill (2016)". Retrieved February 5, 2021.