The Unborn

Theatrical Release: January 9, 2009
The Unborn


Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit.

And sometimes it actually succeeds.

Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.

Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak (Gary Oldman), who can make it stop.

With Sendak’s help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany—a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

Dove Review

This movie features frightening scenes and images, such as sewage and large insects rushing unexpectedly toward a character. It includes a character falling far and dying, a character being bashed in the head with a glass, a scene of a half a head with its gross features plainly seen, and demonic activity. A family-friendly film this movie is not. Add into this mix a scene of a character vomiting and the talk of and briefly viewed scene of Nazi experiments, and the non family-friendly environment is complete. This film definitely has some disturbing images, with demonic activity and ghosts, and we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Frank sexual comments including one about masturbation; implied sex between an unmarried couple.
Language: F-1; H-1; S-4; A-1; G/OMG-12; B-1; BS-1; Scr*ws-1; "Retard" comment-1
Violence: In a nightmare sequence we see a hand run through a character's skin; a character with long teeth and half a head is seen; a girl is stabbed; blood on a knife and a character's clothes; a character takes a long fall and dies; a character is hit in head with glass; large insects and sewage rushes against a character; a character bashes his own head against a wall.
Drugs: A girl tells another girl she should take one of her mother's prescription pills; drinking in a bar; a character comments about being drunk and buzzed; talk of Nazi experiments and brief scene (not graphic).
Nudity: Bare back of woman; cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Demons and ghosts are featured; the occult; a character vomits; talk of a character who committed suicide.


Company: Rogue Pictures
Director: David S. Goyer
Producer: Michael Bay
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter