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Grace Paul Solet

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3.5--I can relate to this film being that I'm a mother of two

  • Oct 7, 2009
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While more subdued and slower-paced than the shocking short, this feature-length Grace still packs a punch. The woman-centric issues of pregnancy and self-sacrificing motherhood are rarely featured in horror, so it's nice to see these addressed. The bond between a mother and child are strong, so like Madeline, I'm willing to bet you would sacrifice everything and anything for them. Madeline breaks her own ethical beliefs to ensure that Grace gets what she hungers for...blood...and is prepared to stop anyone that would try to take her baby away. Sacrifice and a mother's bond to her child are just a few of the many themes explored in Grace and are among the many intelligent layers to this intriguing film.

Grace tells the story of Madeline (Jordan Ladd) and Michael (Stephen Park), a married couple trying to conceive a baby. When Madeline finally gets pregnant, she is determined to deliver the baby au natural with a midwife instead of going to a hospital, much to the chagrin of her meddling and traditional mother-in-law, Vivian (Gabrielle Rose). Madeline is also a committed vegan and is very eco-conscious, which irks Vivian even more.

Though Grace isn't your "typical" horror film, the script and story are smart and I squeamishly enjoyed its many different layers, including the "meat is murder" subtext that peppers the film (the real footage of animals being slaughtered/tortured will unnerve many). The character of Madeline was well-written as she was strong, resolute and firm in all her beliefs - beliefs that would soon be challenged by her bloodthirsty monster of an infant. And yet, the film never falls into being an exploitative "killer baby" picture, but maintains a somber, tragic and straightforward tone throughout its running time.
Besides excelling at writing a compelling script and engaging characters, Solet's direction is also impeccable. The sharp contrast between the early scenes that are bathed in bright sunshine and warm colors and later scenes where shots are veiled in shadows, sickly greens and muted colors complements the accompanying action perfectly. There are also great shots showing Grace's room adorned with fly traps and the birthing scene itself is quite traumatic.

Solet has taken a dramatic turn away from the current crop of immediate, in-your-face mainstream "horror" that scares with jumpy editing and fake frights. Instead, he has crafted a restrained film that manages to crawl under your skin and squirm there, increasing the discomfort until the satisfying finale. It's not a perfect film by any means, and is definitely not for everyone, but it is a very well-done and quiet character study that shows off Solet's skill as both as a writer and director as well as the amazing range of its actors. "Grace" slowly gestates, until it ripens from quiet character study to full-blown horror show. If you can enjoy the slowly unfolding dread, Grace definitely delivers.

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review by . March 01, 2012
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*** out of ****      A baby's cry - no, a baby's scream - is quite possibly one of the most annoying sounds known to mankind; this is something that both writer-director Paul Solet and his debut feature "Grace" know very well. In a cinematic legacy of children from hell and toddlers from beyond the grave; here's an artful horror flick where the child is not from hell, nor is it undead. No, it's a normal baby; just with some ugly, gruesome peculiarities. …
review by . September 22, 2009
            I’ve been real disappointed with American horror the last few years. Most of them have cheapened their style in utilizing elaborate special effects, a weak storyline, remakes and beautiful people. I wasn’t expecting much with writer/director Paul Solet’s “Grace”, and surprisingly, it proved to be an overpowering horror film. It would be easy to dismiss the film as another “It’s Alive” rip off or just …
review by . November 10, 2009
Writer/director Paul Solet serves up a heaping helping of creepiness in his 2009 chiller, "Grace," but an unintended camp factor prevents me from taking it too seriously. The film opens with a young couple, the Mathesons, successfully conceiving a child. It's been a hard road for the pair in their attempts to become pregnant, but this time around they are successful. Michael (Stephen Park), has grudgingly compromised with his wife, Madeline (Jordan Ladd), on having a midwife deliver the child for …
review by . October 12, 2009
'Grace' is a good horror film. It has raw horror combined with a psychological component that makes this movie intensely creepy and engulfing.     The movie follows the tragedy of a mother that has to carry her stillborn baby to term. But, when the baby is born, it is alive. And I mean `it' and not `she', because there is something seriously wrong with baby Grace, she does not want her mother's milk, she wants her mother's blood.     At first, I truly doubted …
review by . October 05, 2009
Doesn't the following sound like a great idea for a horror movie; a pregnant woman with three weeks left in her pregnancy is in an auto accident. This auto accident produces a tragic outcome, her baby is killed. The mother is obviously devastated, but decides to carry out the rest of her pregnancy and give natural birth; despite the fact the mother (to be) knows the child will be stillborn. However, when the child is born, she is alive and appears rather ghoulish.    I felt like …
review by . September 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
"Grace"    Motherhood    Amos Lassen    I am not a fan of horror movies but "Grace" really made me think about the genre. This is a movie that is not easy to forget and it is an emotional and psychological thriller as well as a trip into terror. Madeline (Jordan Ladd) and Michael Matheson (Stephen Park) have been trying to have a child for a long time. Now they are about to become parents but soon before delivery, a terrible accident kills …
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Director: Paul Solet
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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