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Still/Born is the grounded feature film by Brandon Christensen that takes definitive levels of postpartum depression and amps up the trauma till breaking point. Basically Still/Born does for baby monitors what Jaws did for the sea!
Still/Born chronicles the painful levels of irrationality experienced by a vulnerable new mother, who enters a spiral of neurosis. Starring Christie Burke (Black Fly), Jesse Moss (The uninvited) and Rebecca Olson (Kindergarten Cop 2), Still/Born takes an uninspired idea and turns it into one woman’s nightmare, where the fear of losing her baby becomes an all-new painful formation of dread.
The film follows Mary (Christie Burke), who gives birth to two twins but only one of them survives.
While taking care of her remaining child, Adam, she suspects that a supernatural entity has chosen her child and will stop at nothing to take it from her.
Unlike other movies of this type, Still/Born plays up to its exploitative nature with performances that extol the movie’s repressive atmosphere and the script written by Colin Minihan (It Stains the Sands Red). Burke excellently portrays a mother controlled by trauma and Jack (Jesse Moss) quite easily becomes the film’s passive villain by leaving Mary to struggle alone with their baby, forcing her further into isolation along with her quickly fading reality.
Movies like Still/Born have never really held my attention, yet Christensen’s (Black Ice) direction effortlessly submerges its lead character in a troubled self-imposed prison of hallucinations that certainly penetrates your thinking nodules long after the film is over. With jump-scares a-plenty, Still/Born is an unsettling story of new-born innocence stolen, with a haunting marry of ghostly attributes.
Still/Born is available on VOD and DVD now.
20 August 2018
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Review / Published 24 August 2018 @ 20:00 PM