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The Unborn (1991)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  29 March 1991 (USA)
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A couple who cannot have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program. While she is with child, she finds strange occurrences happening within her body. The horror surrounding the child... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Marshall
Jeff Hayenga ...
Brad Marshall
Dr. Richard Meyerling
Martha Wellington
Jane Cameron ...
Beth Sanders
Connie Chicago
Wendy Hammers ...
Gloria Starchild (as Wendy Kamenoff)
Laura Stockman ...
Janet Robinson
Mark Robinson
Cindy DeWitt
Matt Roe ...
Jeff DeWitt
Jessica Zingali ...
Alicia DeWitt
Francis Smalls Collier ...
Bobby DeWitt
Rick Podell ...
Chuck Martinez
Louisa Krelm


A couple who cannot have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program. While she is with child, she finds strange occurrences happening within her body. The horror surrounding the child comes to light when the parents find that their child has been part of a mad experiment. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Rated R for gore, violence, sensuality and some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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The Unborn  »

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$1,200,000 (USA)

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The angle at which Virginia's chair sits, as she goes into the kitchen. See more »


[Virginia doesn't realize that her unborn child was sired by an alien]
Virginia Marshall: What if the baby turns out like me?
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Followed by The Unborn II (1994) See more »

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Don't hurt me, baby ...
13 December 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Slightly irrelevant and pointless, but nevertheless interesting little footnote to start off this user comment with: this movie contains a sex sequence that could have come straight out a Kama-Sutra encyclopedia. The couple makes love in a rocking chair and – believe it or not – but it's fairly elegant and passionately filmed, which is the last thing I expected to see in an obscure early 90's B-movie so kudos!

"The Unborn" revolves on the ever ongoing quest to create the perfect human being. Therefore, some sleaze doctors in an artificial insemination clinic are saddling up unsuspecting but desperately craving mothers with altered DNA that eventually grows out into evil mutant monster fetuses that communicate from within the womb. Argh, freaky! The patients, including the writer of children's books Virginia Marshall, soon begin to have strange side-effects, like a burning rash in their necks. Virginia, who has been rational and even somewhat skeptical about the whole in-vitro fertilization method since the beginning, quickly understands that this thing growing inside of her is something evil and uncontrollable and she becomes obsessed with the idea losing her baby. Of course, nobody – especially not her husband - believes her mad raving speeches about doctors trying to create a master race. Completely unexpected, "The Unborn" was a pleasant horror surprise! The film has an original and potentially very terrifying basic premise – particularly if you're a young parent yourself – and the execution is fair to very decent as well. The script contains a handful of highly imaginative little details, like for example the malignant doctor corresponding with his evil embryos through hidden messages in the specially prepared relax tapes. There are some unsettling special effects and make-up art for the horror fanatics to enjoy as well. Of course, it's fairly easy to show shocking images in a film dealing with pregnant women and unborn babies. Just one brief image of a mother with a bloodied belly and a pair of scissors in her hands looks genuinely disturbing. The monstrous fetus looks quite cheesy, but it's nevertheless a nice attempt and, besides, it's not everyday you watch a fetus attack someone with a needle.

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