The Unborn (2009) – Cut on Sight

Casey is living a normal life as a teenager. She has a boyfriend, she babysits and she…jogs, but things shortly change when she starts having odd dreams. Shortly after these dreams start, her eye starts bothering her and the doctor notices that it has changed color. He explains that this normally only happens with children who had a twin that died in the womb before birth. She finds out from her father that this is true and his nickname in the womb was…are you ready for this? Jumby. Casey is having several creepy visions of Jumby which escalate into a real life struggle for her to stay the only twin that survived. Will Casey be able to put her brothers spirit to rest or will her days end as an only child?

After watching an interesting trailer for The Unborn, I was a bit curious. I went openly, like an optimistic uncle to see his new born nephew or niece, to see this movie thinking “Hey, I bet it’s a beautiful child!” But as it turns out, The Unborn should have stayed in the womb.

Casey, her friends and her boyfriend are about as interesting as a high school girl talking about her prom, so the dialogue isn’t winning any awards here and I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters. But if you’re in high school or haven’t grown up since, then you may be into their conversations. The story is also something that has been done several times before and doesn’t add anything new or interesting besides the monster that you see periodically.

What The Unborn does get right are the scares. Not all of them, because they do run hot and cold, but the majority are really good. These scares will make you jump and appreciate the scenes but certain scare scenes are ridiculous looking and pretty laughable. In fact, some of these had the audience laughing out loud at them.

These cheesy scenes would normally add to the whole teen-horror genre but you can tell that they weren’t intentionally funny; which I have a problem with. This film seems to take itself way too seriously for what it gives off.

The Unborn is one of those movies where it’s good scenes are great but the rest of the movie is just bland and boring. Check this out if you’re into teen-horror without much fun.

What I learned:
The disease known as Alzheimer’s will from here on out be known as “Old Timers”. Also, Dogs do wear masks!

What I want to ask:
Who the hell nicknames a fetus? Sub question, why would you pick the nickname Jumby? What the hell is Jumby? Gumby’s half brother with a speech impediment? Also, Gary Oldman, what were you thinking?

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