Saturday, July 31, 2010

Grace



I really need to start exercising better judgment when it comes to obscure horror films. I’m always getting sucked in by a cool title or flashy poster. Grace is a perfect example. A while back, Roger Ebert tweeted about the creepiness of the one sheet and that’s all it took. Here’s how the imdb describes the plot:

After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life with an appetite for human blood. Madeline is faced with a mother's ultimate decision.

Now that doesn’t sound half bad, but it’s not quite the film we end up seeing. Grace could have been a great black comedy in the right hands. Instead, we get a weird horror film that doesn't even attempt to explain itself. I have no idea what writer/director Paul Solet was trying to say — other than being fascinated with breast feeding. The production values are fine and the acting is solid for the most part. There’s a how-deep-does-this-rabbit-hole-go quality that compelled me to see it through to the end, but this was a trip that I should have avoided.

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