The Unborn takes many detours to tell an otherwise simple story. The hook doesn’t exactly fit in the palm of one’s hand, and, with a little over 80 minutes running time, it runs out of things to say. It’s one horror movie cliché after another. That said, the intrigue keeps us guessing. There’s definitely more than meets the eye, and things get interesting in the third act.
Brooke Adams’ performance is fine. You kind of need someone like her to play a convincing unhinged pregnant woman. Her character has qualities, but she’s whiny and annoying. It’s not Adams’ fault. The script leaves her no room. Also, the photography is always so damn dark, and constantly tests our patience. The Unborn is not a fun experience. At times, it’s more of a chore.
The special effects range from bad to great, like most facets of this movie. The Unborn is worth watching, but it’s no one’s favorite horror film. It’s at times daunting, at times depressing, but it’s well-made, suspenseful, and it’s brutal. It’s also forgettable, sadly. It beats around the bush and shamelessly buys time. The Unborn was obviously influenced by Rosemary’s Baby.