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First Born (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 20 March 2007 (USA)
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Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Elisabeth Shue ... Laura
Steven Mackintosh ... Steven
Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Kasperian
Khandi Alexander ... Dierdre
Anne Wolf Anne Wolf ... Samantha Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Brown ... Laura's Mother
Phillip V. Caruso Phillip V. Caruso ... Dr.Caputo, Anesthesiologist
Matt Dickinson Matt Dickinson ... Party Guest #1
Mia Dillon ... Party Guest #2
Julian Gamble ... Exterminator
Carolyn Gilroy ... Jenny (voice)
Jared Grimes ... Stock Boy
Marilyn Harris Marilyn Harris ... Party Goer #3
Tim Hopper ... Officer White
Lisby Larson Lisby Larson ... Party Guest #4
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Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A C-section drives her over the edge, making her see things in a different light. A creepy babysitter doesn't make things any better. She begins seeing things, trusts no one, as she goes into self-destruct mode. Written by BryanD EQT

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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diavolikos episkeptis See more »

Filming Locations:

Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The book about curses/witchcraft used in the movie is "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" by Raymond Buckland. See more »

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An easily distinguishable reflection of a man's head is visible to the left of Laura, in the section of darkened glass, while she is in her closet selecting a garment to wear. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Steven: [as he comes into the bedroom] Morning sweetheart.
Laura: Good morning.
Steven: Where's Jessica?
Laura: [a beat] Who's Jessica?
Steven: [he laughs, thinking she is joking] Where's the baby?
Laura: [another beat]
[she looks confused]
Laura: What baby?
Steven: [realizes the truth and bolts from the room] Jessica? Jessica? JESSICA?
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Postpartum Psychosis or Madness?
13 December 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the dancer Laura (Elizabeth Shue) feels sick after a presentation, she finds that she is pregnant. Her husband and successful executive Steven (Steven Mackintosh) decides to buy a huge house in the suburb to raise their baby daughter Jessica in an adequate environment. Laura changes her lifestyle, feels nervous alone with the rats in the house and accidentally kills their dog with poison. Later Steven hires Mrs. Kasperian (Kathleen Chalfant) to help Laura in the housework and with the baby, but Laura believes the old woman wishes to harm Jessica using witchcraft. Laura has a breakdown, and when she recovers, her mother moves to her house to help her with the baby. During the night, Laura decides to get rid off a doll she found in the house changing their lives forever.

"First Born" is a weird and disturbing movie, and talking to some friends of mine I noted that this is the type of film extremely unpleasant for women. The beautiful Elizabeth Shue is thinner and has a good performance, but her character is not well developed, therefore it is not possible to know whether she is a mother with postpartum psychosis or simply a mad woman. I liked this film, but I do not dare to recommend it especially for potential mothers. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Filha das Sombras" ("Daughter of the Darkness")


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