Antibirth (2016) Movie Review

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Antibirth (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Antibirth Plot Synopsis:

In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

Antibirth (2016) Review

Antibirth (2016) is a 1h 34-min American-Canadian independent body horror film that was shot in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Director and writer Danny Perez (Unknown Mortal Orchestra: So Good at Being in Trouble (2013), Oddsac (2010), Big Deal: In Your Car (2013)) did a beautiful job directing his second full-length movie.

Antibirth revolves around drug addict Lou (Natasha Lyonne - American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), But I’m a Cheerleader (1999), Kate & Leopold (2001)) who takes a strange drug in her secluded Michigan town and becomes pregnant after taking the unknown drug. Lou is the type of person that calls out from work consistently, parties all night long until she passes out and smokes marijuana with her best friend Sadie almost every night.

Lou woke up having bizarre symptoms, but her friend, Sadie (Chloe Sevigny - Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Big Love (2006-2011), Love & Friendship (2016)) thinks that Lou is pregnant and refuses to tell her. Lou claims that she has been abstinence for almost a year, and a creepy stranger name Lorna (Meg Tilly - The Big Chill (1983), Body Snatchers (1993), Psycho II (1983), Valmont (1989)) believes her. Lou finally discovers that she is pregnant, and her stomach grew amazingly fast within a few days. She cannot help feeling that this is not a normal pregnancy, and she is carrying a strange kind of a baby. Lorna claims that she was abducted by aliens, and the government has something to do with it as she also believes that they are messing with her memory and experimented on her.

Saying any more about this film will lessen your experience of this movie, and you would not feel the same amount of fear and tension as you would have if going into the movie without knowing any more details. I did find some blah moments in the film where the characters made no sense after hearing their dialogues. I felt Antibirth would have been a hit if it had kept focused on Lou and her fantastic body. Do not get discouraged with the first act of the movie where you will see several characters because it will all make sense later in the film.

I applaud the director and set designer (beautiful sets) for doing a fantastic job, but the editor failed in his job miserably as editing was too choppy and all over the place. The CGI could have been way better, but the practical effects somewhat make up for that. Natasha Lyonne and Meg Tilly gave the best performance in Antibirth leaving the other actors to give us okay acting/performances.

  • Antibirth Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.85
  • IMDB: 4.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Antibirth 2016

Title: Antibirth
Year: 2016
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.92/5 stars from 2,616 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 2,616
MPAA Rating: R
Antibirth Cast Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Mark Webber, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, ChloĆ« Sevigny, Neville Edwards, David Scott, Wayne St-George, Megan Dawson, John MacRae, Jack Currenton, Eric Uguet De Resayre, Spider Allen, Kevin Hoffman, Emmanuel Kabongo, Morgan Bedard, Corey Pascall, Lili Francks, Marie-Josee Dionne, Jessica Greco, Chad Gibbons
Antibirth Writers: NA
Antibirth Director: Danny Perez
Production: Traverse Media
Language: English
Country: Canada, USA