Watch the Controversial Opening of ‘Proxy’

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Open debate: does this opening sequence from Zack Parker’s Proxy piss you off? Is it offensive? Is it art? Does it work within the context of the film? You may have to see Proxy when it opens on April 18 to find out. Still, you can see how controversial the IFC Midnight feature is in the following clip, which beats a pregnant woman’s baby dead in the womb.

The film will debut on various VOD platforms April 18. It will also be opening in New York’s IFC Center with a Nationwide rollout to follow.

Read our review here.

Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Halloween‘s Kristina Klebe, and The Sacrament and V/H/S‘ Joe Swanberg all star.

A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment, when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

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  • murdermakesmecum666

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  • flesheater24

    It wasn’t that controversial or even remotely violent, now INSIDE thats controversial and very violent and messed up what somebody would do for a baby. I will check out the rest of this flick because it really does feel like a hitchcock kind of flick, and thats something we don’t get much of these days.

    • DeadInHell

      Except this scene is actually believable. Inside is so ludicrously plotted that it can’t be taken seriously.

    • Evan3

      What was particularly Hitchcockian about this? He was a master of not graphically showing horrendous violence. This put the violence front and center. @Deadinhell – I liked Inside, but you are right that it jumped the shark about 2/3 of the way through.

  • diapers

    Now that I’m a dad, the scene stings fucking hard and is pretty offensive… but then again, that was the point, right? So I’m totally ok with it if this helps to define what happens later in the film.

  • RubenVeritas

    This site does anything just to get views by over hyping their stories. This was very stupid, cheap sfx and unrealistic.

    • leonex

      Yeah I am starting to realize that. Every video game that is coming out is “Crazy” and “Terrifying”.
      Every movie coming out or any trailer is “Shocking” And “Must See”

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  • tbaio

    I was moved more by the trailer than by the clip. That is hell of an opening though. I look forward to seeing this movie.

  • Remember-Slithis

    It’s not real it shouldn’t bother you.The spam d-bags that talks about 70.00 an hour on every article on this site that’s offensive

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    This is a fucking joke compared to A Serbian Film or Human Centipede II. Too much hype for such a boring clip.

    • DeadInHell

      Really dude? Human Centipede? Just…stop being 13.

      • oneofthosedeadfckers

        I didn’t mean that A Serbian Film or Human Centipede II are good movies, only that they have genuinely disgusting scenes involving children and this is pretty tame by comparison.

  • DeadInHell

    “Open debate: does this opening sequence from Zack Parker’s Proxy piss you off? Is it offensive?”

    Yes. Horribly. No one should ever, EVER, be subjected to Joe Swanberg. It’s a tragedy that his name should appear in the opening credits of any film.

    Wait, were you talking about the baby attack?