A young man and his expectant wife, Mary, move into a new home after he comes into new success at work, only things become more difficult than anticipated when only one of their twins is born alive. Having to deal with the loss of an unborn child is difficult enough, but something more troubling begins to happen when his wife starts to think she’s losing her mind. From seeing what she believes to be the ghost of their dead baby in the nursery to seeing images of a strange woman on the baby monitor, there’s only so much a person can take. When her husband leaves for a business trip, Mary is put to the ultimate test of mental dexterity and emotional strength. I’ll admit I didn’t expect much from this movie but it turned out to be pretty intense.
Eventually Mary discovers there may be an evil entity trying to steal her baby, and begins to contemplate sacrificing the neighbor’s baby to the entity in order to save her own child. As the days continue, the mental toll rises and Mary inches closer to completely snapping. Without a single moment to herself, and her only friend being the neighbor who she suspects is having an affair with her husband, it’s only a matter of time before she becomes overburdened and loses her mind – or so she thinks.
As a psychological thriller, this movie is pretty good. Granted, it’s depressing as hell, but as a thriller it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s suspenseful, the acting is great, the cinematography is outstanding, and the writing is real and original. All in all, everything about the movie works; there’s just something about a movie called “Still/Born” and seeing the ghost of a dead baby that doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t know if it’s because of the innocence around babies or what, but this wasn’t an easy movie for me to sit through. Like I said, the movie itself is great for what it is, I don’t want to detract from it, but the subject matter was pretty rough.
When we finally get to see the evil spirit, she is extremely creepy and gross and I love it. The effects department did not disappoint, I only wish we got to see more of her, but I guess the good movies always leave you feeling that way. I could have done without the quick, jerky motions that all ghost movies seem to use, but that’s really my only complaint, and that’s more of personal preference than anything. I’m not going to spoil the ending but I will say I’m glad it ended the way it did. Things could have ended up much worse for everyone involved, but that’s not to say everyone ends up in good shape, either. All in all, “Still/Born” was a good psychological, supernatural thriller that I would recommend watching, if you have the stomach for seeing babies in horror movies.
If I had to complain about something it would be the title. Considering the evil entity is only after the living baby, I’m not sure what his unborn brother has to do with anything. In fact, I’m not really sure what would cause them to be targeted by the entity in the first place. This leads me to believe that most of these events take place in Mary’s head, but I’ll let you be the judge.
This movie is…
Pretty good horror movie with a very unfortunate title.
Cheers and goodnight.
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