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14 April 2024

Best give this demon fare a rest

The Unborn fails to deliver the horror (SUPPLIED)

By Kirk Honeycutt

Giggles rather than shrieks of horror will greet The Unborn, a horror film from writer-director David S Goyer about a dybbuk or demon determined to enter the body of a young woman, played by Odette Yustman, who is afflicted by visions of a weird boy in bad make-up. He stalks her everywhere – whether she's jogging or brushing her teeth.

This vision gets mixed up with apparitions of a foetus in formaldehyde, bugs, a dead mother and clues involving an unborn twin brother.

With the aid of boyfriend Cam Gigandet and friend Meagan Good, she traces this back to a grandmother (Jane Alexander) she – unbelievably – didn't know existed, Nazi experiments on twins in concentration camps and Jewish superstition. Along the way, she enlists the help of a rabbi (Gary Oldman) who can perform an exorcism, but is not really required at this point since the demon does not, as yet, inhabit her body.

However, this demon can control electricity and flashlights, shutting them on and off at will; take over the bodies of just about all the other characters; and cause multiple deaths without too much bother. Does this demon even need this woman's body?

If you value your sanity and your money, best give this demon fare a rest.