First Born (2007)
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Elizabeth Shue does a great job portraying Laura, a gorgeous, bright dancer who gets pregnant and moves into a country home for peace and safety with her husband, a busy attorney from NYC (Steven Mackintosh) who goes right back to work in the city, leaving her alone for long periods of time. Laura begins to imagine things and things take a turn for the worse especially when her pet dog is accidentally poisoned after eating rat poison that she planted in her house. Laura's deep guilt over her dog`s death leads to her feeling that she won't be a good and caring mother to her soon to be born child. Her hallucinations and the way her mind goes downhill is believable and the viewer is left questioning whether these creepy things are the subconscious manifestations of Laura's unwillingness to be a mother or if there is something really sinister going on beyond her control. The ending was a twist that was somewhat expected, but still a bit of a shock so if you enjoy a psychological thriller then look no further.
Plot element. Plot element. Rosemary's Baby ripoff. Plot element. Rosemary's Baby ripoff. Botched hair dye job acting as a conduit for horror. Rosemary's Baby ripoff. Getting locked out of places. Predictable twist ending. Movie over! I bought this for two dollars just so I could have an excuse to say "stay away from the baby" to my friends over and over again. That ended up being a better investment than the actual movie. Elisabeth Shue, you got nominated for an Oscar. Where is your career?
A creepy, scary, suggestive film. The opening title sequence sets the mood for this little drama. Elisabeth Shue is great in the leading role as a first time reluctant mother. This is her best work since Leaving Las Vegas.
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