Film / The Unborn

The Unborn is a 2009 American supernatural horror film written and directed by David S. Goyer, and starring Odette Yustman and Gary Oldman. It was produced by Platinum Dunes, the production company belonging to Michael Bay.

The film follows the story of Casey Beldon who is tormented by a sinister entity (a dybbuk), which seeks to use her death as a gateway to physical existence.

Not to be confused with a 1991 American movie of the same name.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Happens to the old man in the hospital after he gets possessed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bordering on Downer Ending. Casey and Sendak manage to (temporarily) defeat the dybbuk, but everyone Casey loves (with the exception of her father, who was absent throughout most of the film) is dead, and she is revealed to be pregnant - with twins, something the dybbuk will undoubtedly take advantage of.
  • Body Horror: How the dybbuk tends to affect the humans it possesses.
  • Duality Motif: One of Casey's eyes starts changing color to match that of her unborn twin brother around the time his soul—which is attached to hers—starts killing people.
  • Evil Twin: Kind of. Sofi's twin wasn't evil. He was just possessed by an evil force when he died. Neither was Casey's unborn twin.
  • Fanservice: Look at the frickin' poster! Odette's ass is all over it!
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, both with the Newton baby and with Sofi's brother.
  • Made of Plasticine: During a particularly horrific vision/Nightmare Sequence, Casey has an out-of-body experience where she sees her own body lying asleep on the bed... while the dybbuk pushes his hand through her stomach.
  • Scary Black Man: The priest, once he becomes possessed.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: In a darker example than most, Casey ends the movie pregnant with her dead boyfriend's children. The problem is that they are twins.