anuary is the month in which movie studios “quietly off-load their least-impressive product,” said Joshua Rothkopf in Time Out New York. But “something arresting happens” with David S. Goyer’s horror film The Unborn (watch the trailer here, via YouTube), about a young woman being haunted by her dreams—“it actually scares you.”
“There are some effective scares here,” said Christy Lemire in the Associated Press, “and you'll laugh at yourself afterward just for jumping and squealing like a little girl.” But the real laughs will come from hilarious images and bits of dialogue that the filmmakers probably didn't intend to be funny.
The trouble is that this is just a paint-by-numbers horror film, said Michael Gingold in Fangoria. Almost everything in The Unborn has been done “so many times before that it doesn’t carry much excitement or terror.” The Unborn has “been streamlined to its basic essentials, and it’s a shame that those essentials prove to be very basic indeed.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Attack of the invasive species
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
- How to flirt, according to science
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- What The Americans gets wrong about Russian spies
Subscribe to the Week