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The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta (2013)

The Miracle of Life (original title)
The heartbreaking story of a living placenta that is raised as a human, a christian, a soldier.

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Shana Lazou (story), Joël Rabijns (story) | 5 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Pascal Maetens Pascal Maetens ... Marianne
Karel Vingerhoets Karel Vingerhoets ... Father Julio Gritty
Celine Verbeeck ... Angie The Prostitute
Jérémie Petrus Jérémie Petrus ... Francis
Andreas Perschewski Andreas Perschewski ... Harry the street bum
Sofie Hoflack ... Rihanna
Koen Blauwblomme Koen Blauwblomme ... Michael the bullly
Korneel Cornelis Korneel Cornelis ... Otis the little bully
Gert Jochems Gert Jochems ... Mr. David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Bale Chris Bale ... Reggy
Renato Brabants Renato Brabants ... Dr. Ford
Miro Brooks Miro Brooks ... Male nurse (as Miro Broeckx)
Wim A. Christiaens Wim A. Christiaens ... News Anchor
Eline Danasovsky Eline Danasovsky ... Nurse Suzy
Ben De Raes Ben De Raes ... Patrick
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Storyline

In a twisted world, Marianne gives birth to a rather unusual child. While the child is born dead, life finds its way trough the afterbirth. Marianne decides to raise her placenta as a normal human being; as a young man named Luke. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence, faith and sensitivity. Luke struggles for his place in a world of drunks, junkies, whores and bodybuilders. An insane world that treats him as a freak. As this hostile society slowly pushes him towards the edge, Luke has to choose between holding on to his gentle ideals or becoming the merciless soldier his mother always wanted him to be. Written by Yves Sondermeier and Joel Rabijns

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A bio-ethical horror movie for the whole family - no one under 18 allowed

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zeebraman Productions See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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During the shower scene actor Pascal Maetens was originally singing Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley. The directors liked this, but producers couldn't secure sufficient funding for the rights to the song. It was cut and replaced by Marianne moaning. See more »

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Marianne: Do I look like someone who would go to the hookers?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to (...) the nurse at UZ who gave us a research placenta without asking questions See more »

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References The A-Team (1983) See more »

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Forgetting You
Composed and performed by Russ Huddleston and Robert Smith Jr.
Sourced from the HD restoration of Manos: The Hands of Fate by Benjamin Solovey
Compiled by Derek Singer
Engineering by Derek Singer and Cory Fujimori
Legal by Ian K Friedman, Esq.
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weird Belgian flick
20 October 2014 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

I'm always searching the world to find underground flicks so by attending conventions I do come across those flicks. Let this be such one. It's made in Belgium and is out now but the problem is always promotion. There's another horror flick out in Belgium 'Welp' which do has a lot of promo going on due Halloween but back to The Miracle Of Life. It wasn't an easy flick to watch due a few reasons.

First of all, the promo at the convention did state Basket Case (1982). It's always dangerous to be compared with a classic and people who know me do know that Basket Case wasn't my thing. But at the promo I saw that indeed some 'thing' is living in the flick who did refer to the creature (brother) in Basket Case.

Once I plugged in the flick it was immediately clear that the only thing referring to Basket Case was the look of the placenta in this flick. But it also remind me of Brain Damage (1988). The first minute it was clear that this was going to be something strange and the score used did confirm it. Seeing a man being dressed as a girl being in a fitness surrounded by body builders having a baby, yes, you do read this, says enough. This is not a usual flick.

The baby is being thrown away and the placenta is given mother's milk! So it do lives. From here we do see it being baptist, falling in love, being visited by a hooker (the only nudity) and becoming sick in the mind and taking it's revenge. In fact, people do react in a strange way when they see the placenta and being teased at school it's getting hurt in many ways.

For such kind of flick it was filmed rather well and the editing was also above mediocre. And they sure knew their thing adding flair with colour grading and using the depth of focus. But I can understand that some will be turned away by the story and the characters throughout this flick.

If you do hurry and buy it in special edition you get a prop of the placenta. Don't believe to see the next Basket Case, it's between horror and art-flick (the use of animation...)

Gore 0,5/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 2,5/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5


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