The Unborn (1991 film)
|Directed by||Rodman Flender|
|Produced by||Roger Corman (uncredited)|
|Written by||John Brancato and Michael Ferris (as "Henry Dominic")|
|Music by||Gary Numan|
Michael R. Smith
|March 29, 1991|
The Unborn is a 1991 American horror film directed by Rodman Flender and starring Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen, K Callan, and Jane Cameron. The screenplay concerns a couple who cannot have children. They try in-vitro fertilization, but then strange things start happening to the mother while she is pregnant.
The story centers around a married couple. The infertile wife Virginia (Brooke Adams) and her husband Brad Marshall (Jeff Hayenga) decide to join an experimental in-vitro fertilization program developed by Dr. Richard Meyerling (James Karen). The trial succeeds, but during the pregnancy Virginia finds that something unusual is happening to the fetus. A further investigation shows that she is part of an experiment conducted by an insane doctor.
- Virginia Marshall – Brooke Adams
- Brad Marshall – Jeff Hayenga
- Dr. Richard Meyerling – James Karen
- Martha Wellington – K Callan
- Connie – Kathy Griffin
- Isabel – Angelina Estrada
- Mark Robinson – Jonathan Emerson
- Cindy – Janice Kent
- Louisa – Lisa Kudrow
It was the first feature film as cinematographer for Wally Pfister who worked for Roger Corman for a number of years. He later recalled, "I had something I wanted to try with color and light. But it’s ghastly. At the same time, I cut myself slack, because my creative reach went beyond my skill level. That’s a really important thing to note. I had great ideas. But if you don’t have the skill level, you’re never going to master the artistry. That’s where I was early on. And I needed to put the hard work in and slowly work my way up."
Adams said the film was a "pleasant surprise" for her and at one stage discussed with Corman the possibility of directing the sequel.
The film was followed by a sequel, The Unborn 2.
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