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Sharon's Baby (1975) More at IMDbPro »I Don't Want to Be Born (original title)

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Sharon's Baby -- A promiscuous showgirl's firstborn is cursed by a sinister dwarf. After a series of deaths she realizes that her son is possessed by the devil.

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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Price (screenplay)
Nato De Angeles (original story)
Release Date:
May 1975 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Not Since "Rosemary's Baby"... See more »
Plot:
A woman gives birth to a baby, but this is no ordinary little tyke. The child is seemingly possessed... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Ron Grainer does porn See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Collins ... Lucy Carlesi

Eileen Atkins ... Sister Albana

Ralph Bates ... Gino Carlesi

Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Finch

Caroline Munro ... Mandy Gregory
Hilary Mason ... Mrs. Hyde
John Steiner ... Tommy Morris
Janet Key ... Jill Fletcher
George Claydon ... Hercules

Derek Benfield ... Police Inspector
Stanley Lebor ... Police Sergeant
Judy Buxton ... Sheila
Andy Secombe ... Delivery Boy (as Andrew Secombe)
Susan Richards ... Old Lady
Phyllis MacMahon ... Nun (as Phyllis McMahon)
John Moore ... Priest
Floella Benjamin ... 1st Nurse
Penny Darch ... 2nd Nurse
Maria Lopez ... Stripper (as Lopez)
Susie Lightining ... Stripper
Val Hoadley ... Dancer
Janice Brett ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Coyne ... Waiter (uncredited)
Reg Thomason ... Christening Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Price (screenplay)

Nato De Angeles (original story)

Produced by
Nato De Angeles .... executive producer
Norma Corney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ron Grainer 
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Talbot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
 
Art Direction by
Roy Stannard 
 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Kaye .... hairdresser
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christopher Sutton .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ted Ambrose .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Don Challis .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... dubbing mixer
Kevin Sutton .... sound recording
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dushko Indjic .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bert Luxford .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jill Bender .... assistant to director
Renée Glynne .... continuity (as Renee Glynne)
Mia Nadasi .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Don't Want to Be Born" - UK (original title)
"The Devil Within Her" - USA
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Runtime:
95 min | Belgium:90 min (video version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:16 (1986) (video rating) | Norway:18 (video rating) (1982) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was Ralph Bates's first non-Hammer film.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
1st Nurse:What's wrong, sir?
Dr. Finch:This one doesn't want to be born.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Blood of 1000 Virgins (2013)See more »

23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Ron Grainer does porn, 7 March 2005
Author: The_Secretive_Bus from Hampshire, England

Well stone me, what a farce. I actually enjoyed this film.

It certainly is, as somebody a long time ago said, a game of three halves. The first half hour or so is laughably bad, and had me chuckling throughout. Then the tone shifts slightly and you find yourself actually getting vaguely interested into what on Earth's going on and where it could all possibly be leading. And then the last thirty minutes are genuinely disturbing, with some rather scary bits in there and a few set pieces that you won't have seen coming. All in all, rather absorbing.

The plot itself sounds like something cobbled together from "The Exorcist" and "The Omen" (despite the latter film being released the year after, but stay with me). Joan Collins (?!) plays a woman (good show) who's given birth to an "evil" child, who spends the film apparently viciously assaulting people whilst those of the religious faith find it all terribly intriguing. The scenes of the aforementioned child attacking people are usually quite laughable, usually comprising of somebody leaning close to it, recoiling in horror clutching their cheek and moaning "It bit me!", followed by a shot of a not particularly frightening little child looking frankly bewildered at the fact that he's in a film. Ah ha, but the baby has "Surprising strength for his age," we are told, so that's all right then.

The rationale for all this, given to us as a flashback about 10-15 minutes in, is one of the funniest bits of the film. Joan's character used to be a stripper, and performed her acts with a small dancing midget who apparently fancied her like mad. On her last day of work, the midget toddles along to her dressing room and tries to feel her up, whereupon she screams and a spiv wanders in and tells the midget to get lost. The midget toddles away again and Joan and the spiv (her old boyfriend, and manager of the strip club) begin to make out, Joan switching from "horror-struck and upset" to "giggly and horny" in the space of three seconds. The whole scene looks like it was shot in one take, and is played so languidly to defy belief. Later that evening, as Joan leaves the club, the midget leaps out at her from the shadows and rather improbably cries "You shall have a devil child!!!" before scampering off again.

Quite why Joan (recounting the story to a bored-witless Caroline Munro) should assume that this is the only explanation for why her child has anger-management problems I have no idea. And quite why she turns out to be right is even more startling. Soon she starts seeing the baby transform into the very same gurning midget in the blink of an eye, and most of the deaths are accompanied by such supremely seminal camera work depicting the hands of the midget (hmm, now there's a title for a Hammer... "Hands of the Midget") groping around and punching people.

And this is just the basic premise of the story, all given within the first twenty minutes. From then on it's a whirlwind of the good and the bad. For the former we have Donald Pleasence giving a superbly understated performance as the doctor whom everybody seems to be seeking advice from (he actually seems like a doctor, somebody the makers had hired out from a surgery to appear in the film rather than just an actor, and it works wonderfully). The spiv, though a complete bounder, has a few amusing lines - "Said you'd come to me so I could cheer you up. I've got another six Irish jokes since we last met." Joan Collins, despite being a bit wooden at the beginning, actually gets better as the film progresses. And I was positively delighted by a cameo from Stanley Lebor, better known as lovable Howard in "Ever Decreasing Circles" (and, hurrah, a sitcom actor who actually survives the film - that's a rarity in the 70s). And then there's Pleasence with "I thought today was going to be normal routine, I didn't think I'd be discussing mysticism with an Italian nun." And then there's the laughably bad bits, including the rather shaky ground surrounding the "Midgets are evil" thing, the most unconvincing birth scene ever, in which Joan looks more as though she's being orally pleasured than having a child, and the gratuitous stripper scenes peppered about every so often which don't serve to do anything much at all ("Am I boring you?") In fact, various scenes of steamy romance and general sauciness seem to be chucked in just to give the film a higher rating - that's the only reason I can think of for a rather touching courting scene between Joan and blank-faced husband Ralph Bates (nice accent, Ralph) being followed up by the two of them having sweaty, fumbling sex whilst the melodious seedy music that we've been subjected to throughout the entire duration reaches a new low. And eyebrows will raise when you glance at the credits and see that this entire musical travesty (it really just sounds like porn music, I'm sorry) was composed by Ron Grainer, the man who composed the "Doctor Who" theme tune. Go Ron. You do your funky thang.

But yes, to sum it all up, "The Monster" (where "I Don't Want to be Born" comes from I have no idea, as it's not the title on the print) is at times a rather lopsided affair which manages to actually remain consistently entertaining throughout, whether by accident or by design. It's probably all a matter of taste, and maybe I just ended up liking it as it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it'd be, but it's a rather fun feature that does end on a few shocks. 7/10

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