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FirstBorn (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror | 13 April 2017 (Netherlands)
A young couple's lives are turned upside down when the birth of their first child is accompanied by terrifying entities that threaten their newly-formed family.

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Nirpal Bhogal

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Sean Hogan (screenplay by), Nirpal Bhogal (screenplay by)
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Cast overview:
Antonia Thomas ... Charlie
Luke Norris ... James
Thea Petrie Thea Petrie ... Thea
Eileen Davies ... Elizabeth
Jonathan Hyde ... Alistair
Tommaso Di Vincenzo Tommaso Di Vincenzo ... Cracked Face (as Tomasso Di Vincenzo)
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When Charlie finds that she is pregnant, her boyfriend James moves in together with her to raise the baby. Thea is born and soon Charlie is haunted at home by some evil force. They contact Charlie's estranged father Alistair, who is an occultist, and he visits his son and his daughter-in-law. He finds that Thea is surrounded by evil entities and the parents should protect her following some rules including never letting Thea have any doll with face. They teach Theat to control her ability but a couple of years later, their house is invaded by entities. Charlie and James seek help with the powerful occultist Elizabeth. Will Thea be saved from the evil and supernatural creatures? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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When the father is reading to his daughter, the text is from the book "Rapunzel", when the mom steals from the witch's garden. See more »

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After Charlie drips the wax around her baby, the spot above her head is gone in a subsequent shot. See more »

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Dream of Liberty (Original mix)
Performed by MAMA
Composed by Simone Ogunbunmi, Ricardo Paffeti, Philip Curry
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FirstBorn: Could have been better
7 January 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

FirstBorn isn't a very original title is it? Put it into IMDB and a dozen other movies of the same name pop up, kind of makes you wonder why they insist on doing that. The last one I watched was First Born (2007) with Elisabeth Shue and it's ending tormented me for ages afterwards.

This particular one is a British made tale that tells the story of a woman whose baby seems to be attracting a supernatural entity.

Truth be told they did a fantastic job with the movies creation. It looks great, it's wonderfully crafted and they even got industry veteran Jonathan Hyde involved. I was fairly gripped and really enjoying this simple little story, but gradually it was going downhill. Not too far however, I had my concerns but the movie was still enjoyable. That is until the last chapter.

The last 10-15 minutes are very different from the rest of the film. Namely it's as if they suddenly ran out of budget, ideas or time to make the movie and rushed it. This did it no favors at all and left the movie very underwhelming, had they taken the time to construct a decent finale I'd likely be singing the films praises right now.

Real shame, more consistency next time!

The Good:

Very well made

A few good ideas

Jonathan Hyde

The Bad:

Hugely rushed finale


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