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i caught this movie on showtime one weekend afternoon, expecting a good
b-grade gore-fest... boy, was i surprised... :OP
this turned out to be one of the better horror movies i've seen in a long
time, and i've seen my fair share... while there were a couple of scenes
which were extremely gory, they were the exception, rather than the
i rather liked the way in which the entire film kept you really wondering
the good doctor was really crazy, as everyone else thought... one thing i
didn't really like about the film was the very last scene, which i
personally felt detracted from the film... i thought it would have been
effective if it had left the ending more open to interpretation, which it
would have been had they not included the very last 30 seconds... but that
was about my only substantial complaint about this film, which provided a
good sense of suspense and dread, as well as keeping you guessing as to
whole "crazy vs sane" aspect of the story...
the alien abduction sequences, in particular the last one involving the
wife, were quite reminiscent of japanese hentai, specifically tentacles...
just thought i'd mention that... quite disturbing...
overall, i'd give this an 8 out of 10, but be aware that it does not cater to a large audience...
I put in the DVD expecting camp perversion from the creators of Society
and Re-Animator, and was quite surprised to become involved in an
authentically suspenseful tale. Acting was top-notch (nice to see
Vosloo in a protagonist role after a long string of villains), the
storyline involving, and the few twists fairly surprising. I figured I
would fast forward through much of it to get to the abduction scenes,
but instead watched it through, only being let down at the very end.
Maybe I'm being too lenient, but as I stated before, I wasn't expecting much more than alien sex. Of course, if you ARE looking for some hot alien sex, you will be let down. It was mostly quick-cut exam table nonsense with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it glimpse of an interesting 'impregnator' alien.
It would be so easy to dismiss an alien abduction movie before even seeing
it - as I did - but this is well worth a look. If you think about it, its
not an easy subject matter to handle but this film manages to suspend
disbelief which in itself is a feat for such a way out
Casting the main character as a doctor was a sensible move which lends
credence to his willingness to believe in the possibility of alien
abduction. Vosloo plays it very sensitively involving us in his pain and
confusion at the weird events that befall himself and his
Special Effects are used sparingly but to shocking effect and at times the
movie is totally gripping but sadly there are a couple of points where the
plot wanders and leaves some confusion. Also, after building to a tense
climax the ending is something of a let down.
The supporting characters were unnecessarily weak (the alien hunter) or
menacing (the psychiatrist) which also served to detract.
But all in all it raised some interesting issues amongst which was a telling line "How do think animals feel when we experiment on them".
The concept of "lost time" was also thought provoking.
This movie will undoubtably not go over well with some, because most of the horror is mental. But it does have a little something for almost everyone, including a couple of really cool abduction scenes with aliens. The film makes extensive use of alien abduction mythology, while also showing a bit more intelligence about some facets of abduction myths than you would expect out of a movie. Jillian McWhirter is excellent in what had to have been a grueling performance.
First, let me review the movie. This movie creeps me out, and I don't even
believe in aliens! However, the movie has its flaws.
There are three acts to this movie. Act One is perfect. It sets up the movie, and really builds up the creep factor. I must say the score is great! Everything is set up and it's set up perfectly.
Act Two begins when Jillian, playing Sherry Burton, goes to the shrink. They hypnotize her, and she recalls the abduction. Act Two ruins the film when the aliens show up. "Screaming Mad George" did the effects for the aliens. I must say they did a good job, except with their depiction of the "Gray" aliens. No offense, but the Grays looked like inflatable door prizes.
On a side note, I liked how they treated hypnosis in Acts One and Two. If you paid attention, you would notice that the husband and wife had two different memories. In the husband's version of events, the blue light zaps them and his wife says, "Somebody's here," or something like it. It makes sense. The husband is concerned for his wife. "Someone" may hurt her. That's his issue. However in her version of events, she says, "Help me!" She does not say "Somebody's here." This also makes sense. The aliens are after her. Wanting her husband to help and save her is her issue. Now back to the film.
Act Three turns the film into a gore fest. It begins with a "strange" ultrasound procedure. It's a typical gore fest, but it does have a surprise ending. I won't ruin it because it's actually an interesting development.
The DVD and commentaries takes itself too seriously, but if you think Wilford Brimley saying "Horsesh**" is funny, you might want to check it out in the cast interviews section. Now on to my praise of Jillian McWhirter.
I could only hope Jillian will read this. I had never seen her before, but wow, what a performance! Let me tell the rest of you this. First of all, this is supposed to be a serious film. The details I will now describe may sound campy and fun, like "Humanoids From The Deep" (1980), but it really isn't. Got that? Okay.
Jillian is hot, naturally good-looking. She is naked for a lot of the film, a good thing. Unfortunately, she is usually being assaulted, terrorized, and raped, a very bad thing. However, she must act in a lot of this film naked. She gets points for overcoming that. She has to act happy, sad, horny, afraid, and physically hurt all in the span of a few moments. The turnaround of emotion is astounding! She has to cheer for joy when she learns she's pregnant. She has to scream in terror when the aliens take out her guts. She has to act very angry when her husband suggests that the baby isn't his. She has to act like she's in denial, saying nothing is wrong with her baby, when her husband says otherwise. A denial, I should note, that is really forced upon her by the aliens controlling her. I am talking Oscar-caliber performance here!
Then there is the rape scene. It's disturbing, but since it's just some rubber alien, it's not too bad. In this scene, the alien is not a "Gray" alien, so I will describe it. The alien has tentacles, and it's kind of like a table. Jillian is on the table-like part, restrained by the tentacles. By her head is the alien's head. The alien's head is long, and it flips down so that its head is now above Jillian's legs. Then, the alien's hey-nanu-nanu comes out of his forehead. It's forehead! Sounds pretty campy, right? Well, Jillian plays it straight, and she pulls it off! She has to act like an alien with its hey-nanu-nanu coming from its forehead is raping her, and she pulls it off! It's a very intense scene, but that's not what makes it. You see, this scene is done in a flashback. What makes the scene is Jillian's performance recalling these events. She is just lying in a hospital bed under hypnosis recalling the alien abduction, but her acting here is more intense than the actual rape scene! How many actors can pull off a performance in a scene that describes a rape that is more intense than the scene with the rape? Not many! However, Jillian does it.
I could go on and on. Jillian, if you ever read this, I want you to know that I, (name withheld) alias of MegamanX-1, believe you are the best actress ever. You are the best actress ever! I could only hope you read this and take it with you always.
As for everyone else, "Progeny" (1999) is an Okay to Good film. I would recommend it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
An odd beam of light penetrates the bedroom of Dr. Craig Burton(Arnold
Vosloo)and his wife Sherry(Jillian McWhirter)as they are making love.
About two hours are unaccounted for as they embrace seemingly unharmed.
Under hypnosis during a session with psychiatrist Dr. Susan
Lamarche(Lindsay Crouse), Craig discovers that his wife was impregnated
by aliens. Sherry resists this notion as absurd and is quite happy to
relay news to her husband that she is indeed pregnant. Ecstatic after
their trying for ages to get pregnant, Sherry is frightened at Craig's
persistence of the fetus not being his..this stems from a check on his
low sperm count with odds especially high that he could in no way have
impregnated his wife. Awkward, troubling experiences with the fetus
inside her leads Sherry to some scary discoveries..her doctor, David
Wetherly(Wilford Brimley)finds that the ultra-sound gives some unusual
results of the developing infant's appearance, but it's Craig who
notices that it resembles an alien! Sparks ignite cutting out the
electrical equipment, even shutting off Wetherly's pacemaker! Through
hypnosis, Sherry reveals the experience of her abduction, but Lamarche
believes her problem is psychological not physiological. With no one
believing his wife's alien impregnation theory, Craig turns to
sociologist Dr. Bert Clavell(Brad Dourif), whose work is in the studies
of alien life and abduction. But, Bert is reluctant to help Craig who
will go to the ends of the earth to save his wife's life from possible
harm. Tragic results occur as Lamarche and others try to keep Craig
from his goals of "cutting the thing out" believing he is mad. Craig
will still pursue his task trying to drag Bert down this path with him.
Grim, absorbing horror tale about one man's struggle to save his wife from the harm of beings no one else believes exist. Thankfully, Dourif's character isn't some quack nutjob but an intelligent doctor who wishes to learn more, but his pursuit of the truth of aliens isn't hostile..he does hope to learn from Sherry, but isn't incredibly demanding in this goal. The story is told realistically..it's easy to understand why others might deem Craig off-his-rocker. Vosloo doesn't take the character too far, but expresses the distress of his current situation. How can he save his wife from this hostiles and prove to others that he's not nuts? McWhirter deserves credit for the demands of the difficult abduction scenes where her unfortunate character is naked on this table being probed and molested by these things. Crouse is fine in her limited, but important role as the voice of reason in a situation where her clients seem out of control psychologically. The monster effects are icky and effective. I think the film works quite well and director Yuzna deserves credit for restraining himself for this film at least. The final twenty minutes as Craig tries to perform his "removal surgery" with a scared Bert watching the crazy situation escalate is nail-biting.
You know, fans of "Fire in the Sky" might dig this flick.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Progeny starts as ER doctor Craig Burton (Arnold Vosloo) is chatting to
a shrink named Dr. Susan Lamarche (Lindsay Course) as he's been worried
lately & unable to concentrate, Craig says his recent troubles began on
the night of September the 20th while he was having sex with his wife
Sherry (Jillian McWhirter) & he saw a strange bright white light & then
the next two hours are missing before he remembers shooting his load
into Sherry. The missing two hours & the bright light are a definite
concern though. That night Sherry gives Craig the good news that she is
pregnant & is pretty sure they conceived on the 20th, Craig becomes
even more worried & when he gets his sperm count back from the lab & it
reads virtually zero he wonders just who's baby it is since his pencil
doesn't have any lead in it. Then he hears of similar accounts on TV of
people being abducted by aliens, could his wife have been kidnapped &
impregnated by aliens? Craig hopes an ultra sound will show just what
exactly Sherry has in her womb & he doesn't like the results...
Directed by Brian Yuzna I quite liked Progeny for what it was, a simple & straight forward sci-fi based shocker. The script by Aubrey Solomon takes itself extremely seriously which actually works well considering the material & to me felt like some sort of mutant offspring between Rosemary's Baby (1968) & The X Files (1993 - 2002) if that's something you could imagine. A fair amount of the time is spent on the paranoia that Sherry & Craig feel about the baby & pregnancy which is alright but we, the audience that is, already know that Sherry is carrying an alien baby because the film has made that pretty clear from the word go so all the ordinary explanations offered up by other character's are a bit pointless & feel like a cheap way to pad the film out a bit as it's never in doubt. Luckily there are some nicely twisted scenes here, a dream sequence as Sherry drops her placenta & the alien baby emerges from it & a cool scene that looks like it belongs in a Japanese Hentai like La Blue Girl (1992) or Legend of the Overfiend (1989) where she is impregnated by a slimy alien. It moves along at a nice pace, it doesn't outstay it's welcome clocking in at about 90 minutes & is something a little bit different in the horror genre which isn't really known for it's originality. I have to mention the ending too which I liked as new dad Craig is beamed aboard the alien spacecraft & is seen holding a mutant freak half human half alien baby in a quite unsettling & amusingly downbeat final scene. Overall I liked Progeny although it's probably not a film for everyone given the subject matter & a few suitably yucky gross out scenes of gore.
Director Yuzna knows how to turn in a decent horror flick & Progeny is no exception, it looks nice enough with his usual trademark gore. The aliens themselves look alright if a little silly & seem to be a mixture of animatronic on set puppets & CGI computer effects which work together well enough & I particularly like their Octopus like tentacle arms. I wouldn't say it's scary but the storyline is in suitably bad taste & outrageous enough to be memorable. Gore wise what's here is effective, there's a shot of an alien bursting through someones stomach while someones stomach is sliced open exposing all their guts & insides. The special effects are pretty good & there's a fair amount of blood splashed around along with a fair amount of female full frontal nudity if that's your thing.
With a supposed budget of about $2,500,000 this had a decent budget & it show's with some nice aliens & special effects as already mentioned, it's well made with a pretty good cast who all do fine.
Progeny is a film I didn't expect to like that much but Yuzna kept things moving & some of his trademark gore scenes make Progeny a reasonable way to pass 90 odd minutes, it ain't no masterpiece but to be honest it doesn't try to be. A good solid entertaining horror sci-fi with an agreeably nasty edge, I liked it.
What do you get if you cross Rosemary's Baby with The X Files? 1998's Progeny, or something like it anyway. Surprisingly thoughtful, restrained and adept for a B movie, it's got a tightly wound little story about a human woman (Jillian McWhirter) who is impregnated by extraterrestrials that are tinkering around with our biology for who knows why. Her husband (Arnold 'Imhotep' Vosloo) is at a loss and doesn't know where to turn as her condition gets progressively more icky. Help comes in the form of two kindly doctors (Lindsay Crouse and Wilford 'Diabeetus' Brimley) and a UFO-ologist played by an unusually laid back Brad Dourif, but will their collective effort be enough to save her life, remove whatever being is in her womb and escape the attention of the aliens for good? Browsing the shelves this looks like a full on schlock-fest based on the cast and general vibe, but it's something a bit more tasteful that takes itself just seriously enough to separate it from the mass of junk in this arena. Don't get me wrong, there's some slick scares and a few gooey wtf moments, but they're used with a modicum of discretion and as such feel earned, always taking a backseat to the actors who give the human drama weight. Great little forgotten sci-if/horror.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A woman gets pregnant, but not by her husband. She develops 'something' inside her, or at least thats what her husband thinks. They go through a lot of hard times, while she is on the brink of a nervous breakdown. The husband contacts an UFO professor, and with his help they try to find out what is wrong with her.
The story could have been a bit better, or at least be made less predictable, but the movie is catchy and it got me and my sister hooked through the entire movie without a problem. The acting is very good, and the filming is much better than normal, if you compare this to your normal b-alien movie. The effects are good, and something is happening every second of the movie. The characters are really likable, and apart from a stupid nurse in oné scene, they are all very convincing in their roles.
I thought it was a good movie, and can recommend it, if you like alien/monster-abduction movies!
7/10 - The story could have been a bit less predictable.
Progeny is about a husband and wife who experience time loss while
making love. Completely unaware of what this bizarre experience means
they try to go on with their lives. The hubby begins questioning the
bizarre event and gets help through a very annoying psychiatrist. He
comes to believe that aliens are responsible for this lapse in time and
that the unborn baby he once thought was his and his wife's actually
belongs to the aliens.
If ya ask me, this is a great scifi/horror story. Taking a highly questionable real-life scenario involving alien abduction and hybrid breeding is definite thumbs up from this guy. I love all things related to aliens and this story definitely delivered some good ideas. So if you also share an interest in things extraterrestrial, you should be pretty happy with Progeny. At least story-wise anyways.
Unfortunately the movie overall is pretty average. With average acting by all actors. Yep, even by the consistently awesome Mr. Dourif, who still does deliver the best performance. Though the black head doctor, delivers his lines really well. There are a few points in the flick where some of the delivery is cringe or laugh worthy, which is fine in my book. I like them cheesy and this had a little bit of some nice stinky cheese, and I mean that in a good way.
Anyways, with a less than stellar script you can't really blame all the actors. I especially didn't care for the Mother Hysteria the film went for. She wanted a baby so badly that she'd neglect and dismiss everything her loving husband (who's a doctor!!) said to her. It almost reached a point where you actually didn't care what happened to her.
The Progeny is another flick by Brian Yuzna from the icky-sticky film, Society. Again he delivers some slimy effects, and again he delivers a pretty unique tale of horror. If you're into scifi/horror or are a fan of Dourif and or Yuzna films, there's no real reason not to check out this flick if you get the chance. A generous 7 outta 10.
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