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½ June 11, 2014
Another horror movie to see the Mother's Day
½ June 8, 2014
A delicious cheap B - Movie horror. With a terrific storyline this is a clever little yarn but a good end. Its not jumpy but it is well written and paced.
October 24, 2013
what a trip! Very graphic and disturbing to see a baby bottle fed blood tho... Perfect 4 halloween!!
October 24, 2013
Creepy, but awful. At Netflix.
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2013
GRACE (2009)
FEATURING: Jordan Ladd, Stephen Park, Gabrielle Rose, Serge Houde, Samantha Ferris, Kate Herriot GENRE: HORROR
TAGS: psychological thriller

PLOT:Baby wants blood! And Mommy's in denial, in this derivative, but well-presented thriller.

COMMENTS: Remember all those "dead baby" jokes from junior high school? Well, here's the movie. Don't be fooled though. While Grace has a premise which if mishandled, could trigger an unintentional laughfest (see THE DEVIL WITHIN HER [1975], with Joan Collins and Donald Pleasance), it's a serious movie and the filmmakers competently execute the concept.

And here it is: when a yuppie named Madeline (Jordan Ladd) miscarries following a car crash, she insists upon carrying the dead child to term anyway. Eventually, while shopping, Madeline's water breaks. Only it's not "water" at all, but a bucket of plasma, all over a white throw rug at Bed Bath And Beyond.

Time for delivery. There's a LOT more blood. When amniotic fluid is drained from the baby's mouth, it all comes out greyish black. Not a good sign! Uncanny and unresponsive, Madeline's stillborn baby is obviously dead.

Or is it merely UN-dead? It's as if Madeline wills it to life. When her midwife attempts to take the corpse from her, Madeline's baby begins to move. Days later Madeline is back home, a happy, normal mom doting on her now healthy-looking infant.

But all is not quite right. Baby's hair starts falling out. Flies develop an affinity for hanging out around the cradle. Baby smells bad! Even a bath can't get rid of the odor of -well of SOME thing. Something awful!

Nor, sadly can a bath rid GRACE of the musty scent of the highly derivative. We've seen this all before! (Among others, notably, IT'S ALIVE [1974]; THE BROOD [1979]; in the 1987 Vincent Price horror portmanteau, WHISPER TO A SCREAM, the story called "The Offspring." Then there's the one about a mother-to-be carrying carnivorous fetuses to term: THE UNBORN [1991], not to mention the most well-remembered maternal angst flick since THE BAD SEED [1956], ROSEMARY'S BABY [1968].)

GRACE is sensibly assembled however, and to his credit, writer/director Paul Solet manages to get a novel spin on the well-worn convention. Derivative though it may be, GRACE doesn't feel so familiar that we can't enjoy the horror.

Intriguingly, with utter denial of the fact of a dead baby as the fulcrum of its turmoil, while featuring themes of disillusionment and family dysfunctionality, GRACE is superficially reminiscent of Sam Shepard's shocking, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, BURIED CHILD. In that allegorical work, conflict stems from a simultaneous demand and resistance to reveal an appalling, life altering truth.

In GRACE, which is merely a straight-forward fright-flick, the real horror arises not so much from the fact that Madeline's child is a monster, but from Madeline's compelling need, yet complete refusal, to acknowledge that fact and to be repelled by it. Madeline loses herself in a misguided, hellbound obsession to be a normal mother.

Even before the miscarriage, Madeline's soul seems nearly as charred as those of the family in BURIED CHILD. A closet lesbian in a loveless marriage, at extreme odds with her emotionally troubled, dominating in-laws, and with little use for her emasculated husband other than as a sperm donor, the unimpassioned, intellectually aimless Madeline is supremely empty inside. To substitute purpose for her spiritual destitution, Madeline fanatically clings to so rigorous a "green" lifestyle that she feeds her cat soy milk. The irony is that despite her strict vegan diet, Madeline's baby demands only blood for sustenance, and as its devoted nurturer, Madeline is driven to supply it.

But how?

For its gross ICK! factor, a few chills, decent acting, and a delightfully overall macabre atmosphere, I give Grace 6 pints of dairy fresh blood.
½ October 20, 2013
Twisted and disturbing. Ladd's acting is competent.
September 8, 2013
I liked this movie actually.
July 8, 2013
An unoriginal idea and a completely broken script keep this movie from ever being anything other than horrendous.
June 26, 2013
It was all going pretty well until the last few minutes. But even so, commendable effort toward not being another shitty horror movie.
May 14, 2013
I thought this was gonna be more of a ghost/demon movie, but it's not. It really shows the horror of motherhood and shows how much a mother can love her child. This movie moves pretty slow except for some parts, and it has a pretty good amount of blood (really because the baby in the movie seems to crave blood). Most of the movie is either extremely disturbing or just plain gross and gut-churning. If you read the plot summary or watch the trailer for this movie, you might find this movie a little predictable, but it changes up a little near the end and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
½ May 5, 2013
Very slow story line with random slasher moments here and there i don't recomend it
April 11, 2013
All hype, slowing moving movie, not disturbing enough to make up for the lack of horror
April 2, 2013
A beautifully shot - very intimate - drama that fails by trying too hard to become a horror movie. The last shot was completely unnecessary.
½ March 13, 2013
not scary by any means - just weird. and gross.
½ March 3, 2013
Disgusting and disturbing, Grace wonders into a grey area between horror and gore that doesn't provide enough of either to produce an effectively thrilling film. I found little entertainment value and instead was grossed out by it more often than I would like to be.
January 30, 2013
Really sick movie!! whoever though about writing this screenplau must be sick
½ January 22, 2013
Well, THIS was awful.
January 10, 2013
There is a difference between frightening and disgusting. This film does not appear to notice that. Apparently the director is a protege of Eli Roth and while this film isn't as pointless as Roth's films, the influence does show.
½ January 1, 2013
The trailer looked cool but this was anything but. This was simply ludicrous even for a horror movie. There are huge plot holes that defy logic. A bourg couple tries to conceive after unsuccessful attempts and wind up pregnant. Right from the start we get close-ups of food and a mother in law acting strange. Who is a bigger weirdo in this the hot Jordan Ladd or the mother in law? Who cares? Jordan Ladd wants a lesbian midwife to delivery the baby and the mother in law wants a doctor. The doctors seem to be shady so who do you trust? We are treated to one of the worst car accidents ever filmed that was horrible choreographed and directed. The crash leaves the husband dead and Ladd with blood pouring out of her. She is told the baby is dead but she decides to carry it for another month??!!!!! Even that is stretching it a little. Yeah lets keep a dead baby in the womb and still act like you're pregnant. Ridiculous. And to add insult to injury there is a car accident and then just a cut to Ladd at the mid wife's'. No grief or any real hospital visits after such a crash. Ladd gives birth to what appears to be a dead baby but surprisingly brings it to life. Now here is where I thought things could be interesting. Is the baby really alive? Does Ladd think it is alive but is it really dead? That would have been a better movie but things go strange with Ladd's isolation and the mother in law gets weirder. The story and screenplay are a mess. It was almost like they had half baked characters and premise written down in a couple sentences and decided to stretch it into a movie. Little baby Grace is different..she smells, attracts flies, and seems to enjoy being fed blood. With the lesbian midwife dodging her calls and a super weak plot line with the mother in law, there are possibilities of where it can go but only winds up going down the toilet. The midwife and Ladd has a past..whoah plot twist. The mother in law is obsessed with breast feeding...wooo. No explanation is giving to the flies or the baby's ailment. You'd think Ladd would take it to the doctors at some point but instead we get repetitive shots of her lounging around the house looking strung out. The ending sucks too. Any potential to go anywhere with a resolution gets wiped away and just sucks. This was a disappointment because it started off with a coldness that could have worked for it but winds up being crap.
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