Friday, October 01, 2010

Grace

(2009) ***

After filming got canceled for the night, I decided to start off with a film that fits nicely into my creepy kids theme. Unlike so many creepy kid films this one does not start out with everything being pleasant and perfect with their family. As a matter of fact everything seems to be a little off from the get go. Madeline and Michael are in a loveless marriage in fact she actually appears to be repulsed by him. They are cordial to each other but there is no affection. Even love making seems emotionless and mechanical, purely done for breeding purposes. Madeline has had 2 previous pregnancies, both resulting in miscarriage. When she becomes pregnant once again Micheal's twisted control freak of a mother keeps insisting she see her doctor. The couple decide to go to a midwife instead. With 3 weeks to go in the pregnancy the couple get into a severe car accident, the baby is declared dead inside her. Madeline insists on carrying to full term regardless. When the child is born alive everyone sees her as a miracle baby, but she isn't quite right. Baby Grace isn't satisfied with breast milk, she wants blood.

The freakiest thing in this movie is the mother in law. This stoic old bitch is seen tweaking her nipples, forcing her spineless husband to nurse from her and pumping milk from her saggy old breasts. So gross and disturbing. The woman has serious issues yet she is merely a side story in the world of Grace. I could totally see her as a verbally abusive over nurturing main character in one of those Lifetime films. She'd probably be nursing her 30 year old son in a dark and cobweb ridden attic.

We aren't ever clear on what Grace is exactly. Zombaby? Vampinfant? I tend to think more Zombaby since she kinda stinks and there are always flies buzzing around her. She looks cute, pink and normal though. No “It's Alive” baby fx. Sort of a weird film that sneaks in that subtle creepy vibe from the beginning and just continues to build.

8 comments:

JPX said...

Oh yeah, Grace! I watched this with Whirly last year and we were very disturbed by it - she was more disturbed because, you know, she's a chick. I remember digging this. Nice review! I had the same impression of the characters.

How convenient that your job got cancelled so you've had time to watch movies. Jerk.

Catfreeek said...

Don't get your panties in a bunch, we rescheduled filming for Sunday and Monday night.

50PageMcGee said...

i was just going to say, it sounds like it's an It's Alive.

Landshark said...

Nice review...might have to keep an eye out for that one. Sounds creepy good.

DCD said...

Yeah...I can't get into the creepy baby thing. Yet another one I'm happy to rely on someone else watching!

Whirlygirl said...

I enjoyed this one too, but I am forever scarred from this film. It has to do with the old bag trying to get herself to lactate. This film came up one night at a bar with friends. I learned something I didn't need to know about one of them and permanently screwed up another one.

Octopunk said...

Wait, you screwed someone up by discussing this film in a bar with them? That's some serious street cred. For you and the movie.

Nice choice out of the gate, Cat! That bottle of blood creeps me out.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Interesting Catfreeek, and deeply disturbing, The review, pictures and comments from JPX & Whirly creep me out so bad I think I just might have to see this one.