The Unborn (15)
Posted by Guest Writer on Tue, 24 Mar 2009.
Terror, Nazis, evil dogs and a hell of a demon make this a must see horror flick. With plenty of loud noise and jump-out-at-you moments; you will find yourself glued to the screen, covering yourself with a cushion; to muffle your screams.
Odette Yustman plays Casey Beldon, a gorgeous college student who, whilst going for a jog one day, comes across a glove lying in the middle of the road. Stopping to pick it up she is ushered into the wood by a scary looking child to find an embryo buried in the soil.
She suddenly begins seeing scorpions in her eggs, dogs with masks that have their heads on upside down, locusts; and all sorts of other weird paranormal things. She notices that one of her eyes looks strange, and goes to the doctor to discover she has an irregularity of the eye that is found in twins.
It takes Casey’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor (Jane Alexander), to help her find the real, evil reason for her condition. We find that the reason is because her great Uncle was experimented on by Nazi’s during the holocaust who turned him into a mythical demon that preyed on the living. It takes a rabbi, played by Gary Oldman, to exorcize the malicious twin inside of Casey.
The film is a mix of The Exorcist meets Emily Rose, with some mythology thrown in. The story line is pretty cliché. Beautiful girl consumed by an evil demon. We all know what is going to happen… The only scary part I found separating this film from other similar horrors is that the demon goes after her best friend (Meagan Good) and boyfriend, played by Cam Gigandet.
Apart from that factor, the film was pretty much the same thing us horror lovers are used to: Demons consuming a girl who needs exorcising by a priest; or in this case a Rabbi. However the film makes up for lack of experimental storyline by giving us a few scenes that make us jump out of our seats. However these scenes are more silly rather than scary.
Amongst other screen sins, the film ends on a note of irrefutable sequel-baiting that makes the previous ninety minutes of film look like an introduction to another film lacking in plot, experimentation and individualism. The only thing that makes this film a must see- is the fact that Casey has a great bottom, that the director exploits to the max- perhaps to make the film more approachable to men who; half way through listening to Casey’s grandmother’s rant about Nazi’s get bored; and need something to keep their attention.
In all the film lacks imagination and individuality. If there is going to be a sequel, it needs to break away from the days of demonic beings appearing from nowhere to a plot that is more realistic and to the point. However, if you are into classic horror at heart, this film is great in the fact that it has brought films like The Exorcist up to date, and a reason for the demonic being in the first place.