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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

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nonato See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,080, 31 March 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,159,578
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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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 Sole Survivor: Interview with Star Brooke Adams (2014) See more »

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Oh no! Evil Geneticist?
3 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A couple (Brooke Adams and Jeff Hayenga) who cannot have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program. While she is with child, she finds strange occurrences happening within her body.

Always nice to see James Karen ("Return of the Living Dead") in another genre film. Also, bit parts from both Lisa Kudrow (pre-"Friends") and the perpetual D-lister Kathy Griffin. Add to that Roger Corman as producer, and you have a few choice names...

The concept of the villain being an evil geneticist connected to the Human Genome Project... not sure if that is brilliant, silly or inadvertent fear-mongering. Looking back twenty years, we now know the Human Genome Project was completely safe and taught us many valuable things (and I did not know it used any human subjects). Maybe in 1991 they did not understand it?

The film seems to be strongly influenced by "Rosemary's Baby", as it follows a pregnant mother with who-knows-what growing inside her. Of course, this film is not about satanists... at least, not that I know of.


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