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The Lullaby (2017)

Siembamba (original title)
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Returning to her home town, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving ... See full summary »

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Darrell Roodt

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Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo (screenplay), Samuel Frauenstein (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Reine Swart ... Chloe van Heerden
Thandi Puren ... Ruby van Heerden
Brandon Auret ... Dr. Timothy Reed
Deànré Reiners Deànré Reiners ... Adam Hess
Dorothy Ann Gould Dorothy Ann Gould ... Midwife (as Dorothy-Ann Gould)
Shayla-Rae McFarlane Shayla-Rae McFarlane ... Young Chloe
Eckardt Spies Eckardt Spies ... Baby Liam
Amjoné Spies Amjoné Spies ... Baby Liam
Samuel Frauenstein ... Truck driver
Briony Horwitz Briony Horwitz ... Nurse 1
Anne-Marie Ellis Anne-Marie Ellis ... Nurse 2
Lara de Villiers Lara de Villiers ... Boer mother
Dayna McFarlane Dayna McFarlane ... Waiter
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Returning to her home town, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving mother, Ruby (35), Chloe struggles with the demand of being a new mom. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends Chloe into a dark depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. Distraught she pays a visit to family psychologist Dr. Timothy Reed (40s) who diagnoses her intrusive thoughts and feelings of anxiousness to a mild case of baby blues. Yet the thoughts grow worse and more violent. Chloe starts to hear voices and humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe does everything in her power to protect her son. Her decline reaches fever pitch, and everybody seems to be moving against her. Desperate, Chloe finds solace in the arms of her ... Written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo

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Horror

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2018 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lullaby See more »

Filming Locations:

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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First purely South African production to release theatrically in the USA. See more »

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Siembamba: Seen it all before
15 November 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The Lullaby otherwise known as Siembamba (For some reason) is a horror title with themes we've seen many times before.

It tells the story of a girl who moves back in with her mother after giving birth to her first child. She's immediatly plagued by visions and begins fear some entity is after her newborn.

Sadly this movies near exact plot has been done before, you'll see the "Twist" coming very early on primarily because it's recycled.

It looks creepy to it's credit and I love that cover art but beyond that there is absolutely nothing going for the film. I knew from the outset what was going on, how the movie was going to play out and what the big "Shocking" finale would be.

It's 2017 where are the new ideas people?

The Good:

Cool cover

Looks the part

The Bad:

Seen it all before

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Does mental illness come from having a child or do you need to be mentally ill to have one in the first place?

Even a non-parent like me recognises that leaving a baby alone with her is a bad move


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