The Unborn

January 9th, 2009


The Unborn

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A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.6/10 (22,695 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Director: David S. Goyer

Stars: Odette Annable, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet

While babysitting a boy and his baby brother, Casey Beldon has a dreadful nightmare involving a weird dog and an evil child, and she tells her best friend Romy over the phone. Casey is haunted by this boy, and when she goes to the ophthalmologist, he asks if she has a twin brother or sister. She asks her father and discovers that her mother lost a son that died in the womb. Casey suspects that she is haunted by the spirit of her brother. She finds a letter addressed to a woman called Sofi Kozma and a creepy picture at home that belonged to her mother. She goes with Romy to a retirement home to meet Sofi, a survivor of the experiments during the Holocaust. But Sofi tells Casey that she had never met her mother and later calls Casey to tell her she is in great danger.

Odette Annable - Casey Beldon (as Odette Yustman)
Gary Oldman - Rabbi Sendak
Cam Gigandet - Mark
Meagan Good - Romy
Idris Elba - Arthur Wyndham
Jane Alexander - Sofi Kozma
Atticus Shaffer - Matty Newton
James Remar - Gordon Beldon
Carla Gugino - Janet Beldon
C.S. Lee - Dr. Lester Caldwell
Rhys Coiro - Mr. Shields
Michael Sassone - Eli Walker
Ethan Cutkosky - Barto
Craig J. Harris - Rick Hesse (as Craig Harris)
Rachel Brosnahan - Lisa

Taglines: Evil wants to be born now


Official Website: Official site [Australia] | Universal [Germany] |

Release Date: 9 January 2009

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,810,585 (USA) (11 January 2009) (2357 Screens)

Gross: $42,638,165 (USA) (1 March 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

When Rabbi Sendak opens the Hebrew book in his office, he thumbs through it in the wrong direction. Hebrew is written in the opposite direction to English; a real rabbi would have opened the book and read it from right to left.

Continuity: In the club scene, after entering Mark asks Casey, Romy and one other girl if he can get any a drink from the bar. Romy and the other girl orders a drink. Casey says no. As soon as Mark walks away to complete the order, Casey begins to walk through the club already holding a drink.

Casey Beldon: It's not safe to be around me.

User Review

Jumby wants to be in a better movie

Rating: 3/10

Well at least the trailer was scary, from the moment I saw the trailer for The Unborn I knew I wanted to see this movie, it looked so freaky and like the ultimate scare. So before it left theaters, I finally saw it and I should've realized, it's PG-13, how rare is it that we get a PG-13 horror movie that is actually scary? Sadly all the "intense" moments were shown in the trailer and I was extremely disappointed with this lousy movie. I couldn't believe how bad it was, it once again has every cliché in a horror film that you can imagine: the black best friend, the loving boyfriend, the hot skinny girl who is constantly in her underwear, the jumps, the mirrors, the nightmares, the over acting. I do have one question: did Gary Oldman owe someone a favor when he took this film? It's just mind-boggling, he's this terrific actor and he was in this really predictable stupid story? Well, hopefully he'll recover soon from this sad excuse for a horror film.

Casey Beldon is plagued by merciless dreams, visions of strange looking dogs, and an evil child with bright blue eyes. Casey is baby-sitting Matty, her neighbor's son. He is upstairs, supposedly taking a nap. Casey is downstairs talking on the phone to her best friend Romey. Suddenly, there is a voice that says "Jumby wants to be born now," on the baby monitor used for Matty's baby sister. After yelling, "Matty, are you awake?" Casey goes upstairs to check on them. Matty was standing over the baby's crib, holding a mirror to the baby's face. After being hit with the mirror, Casey's eyes begin to change color and she learns she had a twin brother who died in the womb. Casey begins to suspect that the spirit haunting her is the soul of her dead twin, being possessed by a dybbuk, wanting to be born so it can transfer to the world of the living. Casey meets a woman named Sofi, who is revealed to be her grandmother. Sofi explains that she had a twin brother who was killed in Nazi experiments in Auschwitz when they were both just children. The boy was brought back to life by a dybbuk who intended to use his body as a portal into the world of the living. Sofi killed her twin to stop the dybbuk, and now it haunts her family for revenge. Sofi refers Casey to Rabbi Sendak, who can perform a Jewish exorcism to remove the dybbuk.

This was a huge disappointment, I wouldn't really recommend it. The acting and writing were over done, what could have made this more realistic or scary is just a touch up on the writing. The lead actress Odette Yustman really needs experience, she was just alright in the film. Of course I love the cliché of the crazy black best friend who calls her crazy at first but then all of a sudden is attacked at last second. If you do watch this, if you want a good scare, turn on the lights, I admit there are still some freaky moments, better than most of the PG-13 horror movies, but the story was just bad. It just could have been a lot better.



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