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The Unborn (1991)

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A couple struggling to conceive visit a miracle doctor as a last hope for having a child. The wife gets pregnant, but after the initial joy comes horror, as she slowly discovers the nightmarish truth behind the doctor's success.

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Rodman Flender

Writers:

John Brancato (as Henry Dominic), Michael Ferris (as Henry Dominic)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Adams ... Virginia Marshall
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... Brad Marshall
James Karen ... Dr. Richard Meyerling
K Callan ... Martha Wellington
Jane Cameron Jane Cameron ... Beth Sanders
Kathy Griffin ... Connie Chicago
Wendy Hammers ... Gloria Starchild (as Wendy Kamenoff)
Laura Stockman Laura Stockman ... Janet Robinson
Jonathan Emerson ... Mark Robinson
Janice Kent ... Cindy DeWitt
Matt Roe Matt Roe ... Jeff DeWitt
Jessica Zingali Jessica Zingali ... Alicia DeWitt
Francis Smalls Collier Francis Smalls Collier ... Bobby DeWitt
Rick Podell ... Chuck Martinez
Lisa Kudrow ... Louisa Krelm
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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Brooke Adams had previously played a pregnant woman in an episode of Moonlighting (1985) entitled "Fetal Attraction". See more »

Goofs

Virginia fires a pistol until it's empty, then we hear two clicks. These clicks would be heard if the gun were a revolver, as the barrel rotates and the hammer falls on an empty chamber. A semi-automatic pistol would not make a sound, as the slide would be stuck in the open position as would the hammer. See more »

Quotes

Virginia Marshall: Go ahead - tell me I'm glowing.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Decent, But Could Have Been Great
28 April 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

At times, The Unborn comes across as two separate films that got spliced together. On one hand, there is a genuinely disturbing psychological thriller / satire with great performances, while on the other there is a cheap B-level gore film.

Adams and her husband have been unable to conceive a child, so they go to James Karen's fertility clinic. Boasting a 100% success rate, he quickly fixes Adams's problem. Unfortunately, the child she conceives has some issues of its own.

At many points, the actors, particularly Adams, appear to be acting in an entirely different movie. Her meltdown scene, had it been in a straight drama rather than a low budget horror movie, would have earned her an Academy Award nomination. The film itself has a number of satirical touches on maternity culture, and could have been an interesting feminist piece in different hands.

Unfortunately, it turns into an uninspired gore film. I like gory horror movies, but it steals from It's Alive and Rosemary's Baby so blatantly it's not even funny. The special effects budget is so low that the film comes across as funny rather than scary.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,080, 31 March 1991

Gross USA:

$1,159,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,159,578
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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