Determined to "rescue" his pregnant daughter from an abortion clinic, a religious fanatic and his sons plan a violent firearm assault just as the doctors suspect her pregnancy might not be of this world.
Pro-Life, directed by John Carpenter, written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, tells the story of a young girl trapped inside a clinic, who discovers the only thing more dangerous than her pursuers is the demonic secret that she carries within her. Ron Perlman, Mark Feuerstein, Emannuelle Vaugiere and Caitlin Wachs star.Written by
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When the demon breaks through the door, he breaks most of it away and starts to walk through. In the next shot, he breaks it again, identically to the first time, and then just stands there. See more »
15 year old Angelique (Caitlin Wachs) is pregnant from--she believes--a demon from hell. She gets to an abortion clinic where doctors try to figure out if she's crazy and what to do about her baby which is growing extremely quick. Her anti-abortion father Dwayne (Ron Perlman) wants to get her out of the clinic...and won't let anything stand in his way.
Well-written and directed (of course) episode by John Carpenter. This is easily one of the most disturbing things he's ever done. It keeps you wondering and guessing, moves very quickly, has an extremely disturbing ultrasound sequence and some very gory and sick murders. Carpenter doesn't use the subtle approach to violence that he used for "Halloween" or "The Fog"--he shoves the blood in your face (like "The Thing"). Still it does work in the context of this story--it's supposed to be disturbing and sick to get its point across. Also there are some pretty decent special effects at the end.
The only problem with this is that the fate of at least five characters are left hanging at the end (Perlman disappearing completely really bothered me) and the point of the story is kind of vague. Also the acting is not that good--except for Wachs and Perlman. And Wachs doesn't look even remotely 15. Still this is a disturbing little film by Carpenter. A 9.
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