The most accomplished female purveyor of horror ever, in my humble opinion. Is there a filmmaker out there who even compares to her, in terms of versatility, technical ability, and originality? She applies genre cliches (gallows humor, loads of gore) with post-modern questioning of institutions (economic, sexist, classist) and makes it visceral and meaningful all the same. She’s the French, female Cronenberg with a greater sense of pain, especially at injustice. Her persona onscreen is monstrous and human. She reminds us of the terror lurking in banal expressions and interactions- from the self-destructive to the psychopathic. Marina De Van is a serious investigator of humanity and society.