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Grace Paul Solet

Cult Movies movie directed by Paul Solet

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A ghoul baby, soured relationships and the horror of single motherhood.

  • Oct 4, 2009
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Grace is about a thirty something Madeline who's married to some schlub named Michael,  They have been trying to have a baby for sometime.  Mike's mother Vivian wants to make sure Madeline has the kid in a hospital but she wants to have a midwife named Patricia (her old lover) deliver it.  But before any of their plans transpire, a freak car accident leaves Mike dead and Maddy her unborn child in some serious trouble.  A few days later her water (er red Flavor Aid) breaks and she's rushed to the midwife's place to have the baby.  Expecting a still birth but a miracle happens and Maddy gives birth to a child that she names Grace.  But that is when things get wonky.  Throw in some strained in-law relationship, a jealous young lesbian, a ghoul baby and a single mother going batty and you have Grace.

A ho-hum film that pays homage to superior films such as the It's Alive trilogy, Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.  I didn't care for the characters because they all seem annoying.  The mother-in-law is the chief antagonist who schemes to snatch the baby.  The ex-lover/midwife Patricia is creepy as she keeps tabs on her old lover and only cares about moving in on the now dead Mike's turf.  In one scene she tries to rekindle the old flame a few days after the physically and emotionally exhaustive birth but gets cut off at the overpass and her young squeeze is VERY jealous of the attention that she gives to Madeline.  The men in this film are nothing more than ciphers who are manipulated by the females in the film (i.e. Vivian and her hen pecked hubby and Mike who's nothing more than a warm body and bread winner).

I really didn't care for this movie.  It looked promising but it felt rushed (only 78 minutes pre-credits) and it didn't care for the pay off.  Recommended for a slow movie night or if it comes on TV.

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October 04, 2009
Very apt review, although I wouldn't recommend the movie for even for a slow TV night! I was expecting something a bit scarier, but it was just tiresome. Regarding the ending: How could they NOT have seen that coming?!
October 04, 2009
Sorry to butt in, but I wanted to say that the ending wasn't meant to be shocking or to surprise at all. It was to prove the twisted irrationality of the mother to keep her baby safe (maybe hints of a sequel). I admit that some things about it were out of place, but "Grace" is still better than most recent Hollywood Horror garbage released within the past year, I liked the approach from emotions than the usual rehearsed jump scares or special efx. One needs to focus on whatever emotions this mother is experiencing. Definitely not for everyone but so far, most hardcore horror fans are liking it.
October 04, 2009
The movie focuses too much on other things besides the ghoul baby and they were way too distracting. I thought it was blah. I didn't need to know all about her relationship with the midwife and the other soap opera baloney.
October 04, 2009
That is true, I didn't like that subplot either. I still think it was better than most. Btw, I'm NOT the one who gave you an unhelpful...you're entitled to your own opinion.
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review by . March 01, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** 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 07, 2009
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 …
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 …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
There's Horror and then there's being uncomfortable, this movie is sick and disturbing. Whoever wrote it has issues. Full review coming!
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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