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Grace Paul Solet

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No saving Grace here.

  • Oct 5, 2009
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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 this was going to be a great little horror flick. However, when the end credits rolled I was very disenchanted. This movie had an original premise and sadly didn't deliver the goods. This is really odd because this movie has received a lot of praise.

As for the plot, Madeline is pregnant for the third time. Her first two pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. She and her husband Michael seem very pleased about the new addition to the family. Nevertheless, Madeline's mother-in-law is always questions Madeline about how she plans to raise her child.

Madeline and Michael are using a midwife instead of working directly with a medical doctor. Digressing, this is one of the issues that drives the mother-in-law crazy. Apparently, the midwife Patricia and Madeline use to be intimately involved at one point in time. Why this is important to the plot is never really explained, the two characters had zero chemistry.

Then one night Michael and Madeline are in an auto accident. Michael is killed and Madeline loses the baby, or so we think. Another thing I found sort of strange is Madeline never once really seems upset that her husband died. Once the child is born and "comes to life" via breast feeding, she is named Grace.

Well Grace is one creepy baby. She has a taste for blood. So needless to say she gets a little rough when Madeline breast feeds her. So this leads Madeline to par take in some undesirable behaviors in order to feed her little one. Beyond this "pony show: there really isn't much more to this movie. The film is only 80 minutes long and feels much longer. It takes a very long time for anything to happen and when it finally does it's anticlimactic.

Another thing that was sort of troublesome with this movie was the baby. There were scenes that a real baby was used and then for no reason a rubber baby was use. I understand that an infant cannot be subjected to make up and special effects, that is neglect and/or abuse. However, when an actress is holding a real baby and she turns and is now holding a rubber baby it really adulterates the integrity of the film. There were also all these flies in the movie. I guess since the baby was a pseudo zombie they wanted to give Grace some company. As for the actress playing Madeline, she had a lot of lone screen time. She isn't that good of an actress to hold the movie together, this also reduced the content of this "horror" movie.

The extras on the DVD are nice, lots of documentaries about the film. How it went to Sundance and making the score are a couple of examples. The director was very excited about this film. I guess I missed the boat or in this case the pacifier because I think this movie was a wasted opportunity to make a new niche in the horror realm.

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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 04, 2009
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 …
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 …
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
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Director: Paul Solet
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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