Quick Review: The Unborn

Synopsis: A young woman is haunted by the ghost of her twin brother… who died in the womb. (At least that’s what they want you to think.) The previews looked interesting with some good FX, so I decided to give it a try.

What I thought: This movie wasn’t exactly groundbreaking. I’ve seen similar plots before, done very very (very!) badly. This time it was spot on and creepy as hell. First of all, there’s more to the whole “ghost of an unborn twin” thing than the previews let on. It’s not really a ‘shocking surprise’ kind of deal, but I’d rather not risk spoiling anything by telling you what’s really going on. You’ll find out about halfway through the movie, after which the whole thing A) starts to make a lot more sense and B) gets much creepier. Speaking of surprises, this film is big on jump-scares. So if the “ugly things jumping out unexpectedly” style of horror turns you off, then you probably wont’ like 80% of this movie. But mixed in with the cheap scares are some great moments of high-horror that are almost worthy of the Exorcist. I’m speaking specifically about the nursing home scene and the monster-in-the-church scene, so watch for those. Plus it has one of my favorite marks of a good movie: Characters That Fight Back ™ with faith, fists, and lead pipes to the skull. It’s not an action movie by any stretch, but its refreshing to see at least few characters who are familiar with the forgotten half of the “fight or flight” reflex.

Final Words: I’d recommend this one. It’s a good movie; I’m not sorry I paid money to see it; and I look forward to seeing it again on DVD.


  1. nate, November 27, 2009:

    Another good one. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Yeah, I’m lurking about the site waiting for page 12 and figured I’d catch up with my comments on the movies you reviewed.

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