Blu-ray Review: THE UNBORN (1991)

THE UNBORN was produced and directed by Rodman Flender from a screenplay written by Henry Dominic and stars Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga and James Karen and features early film roles in the careers of Lisa Kudrow and Kathy Griffin.

A young woman named Virginia Marshall is desperate to have a child. She joins an experimental in-vitro fertilization trial that succeeds, but something weird is happening to the fetus. She’s impregnated with a new generation of terror! A young wife (Brooke Adams) suspects that a mysterious doctor (James Karen) has inseminated her with mutated sperm in an attempt to create a super-human fetus. Unfortunately, there are extreme side-effects. More frightening than Rosemary’s Baby, this horror classic is not for the faint of the heart!

This 1991 horror-thriller follows Virginia (Brooke Adams) and her husband Brad (Jeff Hayenga), a couple that has had a hard time having a baby so they get some help from Dr. Richard Meyerling (James Karen), a fertility doctor who comes highly recommended by other mothers. His help ends up working and Virginia becomes pregnant but once this happens everything slowly turns into a nightmare because she finds out that some of the other mothers have had terrifying problems with their pregnancies.

What happens is, she discovers that the good doctor is actually a geneticist who’s been conducting some private experiments on all of the mothers and the babies come out as monstrosities with a thirst for blood. Virginia finds a way to get back at Dr. Meyerling but just when she thinks her nightmare is over, the young mother’s newborn monster cries out for its momma and that’s all it takes for Virginia to give in.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory has given The Unborn a 2K scan from the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Unborn was another first time watch for me and even though I spent many Saturdays strolling up and down the horror isles at my local video store when I was younger, this one somehow eluded me. Just like It’s Alive, this one also deals with a creepy little monster baby and the mad scientist behind the creation. The concept about this couple trying to have a baby is a rehash from movies like Rosemary’s Baby but that’s where it ends because the rest is a complete nightmare for the young mother who catches on to what her sinister doctor is actually up to so she decides to fight back. The movie is a slowburn that builds the suspense but the final act is where things get scary good when the creepy little monster baby is finally revealed and it’s all brought to life by some old school practical effects and  there’s a little blood and gore to go along with it. The movie isn’t going to blow you away or anything like that but it is a cheesy fun pregnancy horror creeper that’s worth a watch. The Unborn will make its Blu-ray debut on August 14th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but we do get some new audio commentary and the original theatrical trailer.

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Rodman Flender and filmmaker Adam Simon
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:42)


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