While neither as creepy nor as intelligent as the original, THE UNBORN II is a schlocky, fast-paced, generally entertaining ride and one of the better recent efforts from Roger Corman's New Horizons company.
Writer Catherine Moore (Michelle Greene) moves into a new house with her baby, Joey, whom she is reluctant to show to her neighbors. These include the nosy Artie (Darryl Henriques) and Marge (Carole Ita White), as well as handsome John Edson (Scott Valentine), who has just moved in across the
street. At the same time, a grim-faced woman, Linda Holt (Robin Curtis), has been shooting young children in the area, and Joey seems to be next on her list. While baby-sitting for Joey, Sally Anne (Brittney Powell) finds his door locked; she tells Marge, her mother, who calls child welfare, but
the agents who arrive are rebuffed by John.
Linda tracks down Catherine, who spots her and pursues her back to her own house, where Sally Anne and her boyfriend have just been killed by Joey, who proves to be vicious and deformed. Linda tries to convince Catherine that her baby is a danger--one of many mutant children spawned by the
fertility program of the now-dead Dr. Meyerling that she is now trying to eliminate--but Catherine remains devoted to her son, who is controlling her mind. Soon the child welfare workers have returned with a search warrant, but one is killed by Joey and the other by John. Linda confronts Catherine
again, and they then discover Joey in the arms of John, who shoots Linda. He reveals to Catherine that he is an old co-worker of Dr. Meyerling, determined to make sure that the experimental children--intended to inherit the world from inferior humans--survive. John tries to shoot Catherine, but
she manages to kill him and then sets off a kitchen gas explosion that incinerates Joey.
While THE UNBORN played off deep-seated fears about pregnancy and childbirth, the follow-up goes for a more superficial brand of horror. Nonetheless, it succeeds quite well on its own, less ambitious merits. Unlike many horror sequels, the story here is cleverly extrapolated from the original,
and contains some creative twists, including the surprising revelation of John as a bad guy. The baby's targets may be predictable, but the attack scenes are rendered with panache, the acting is generally convincing all around, and the technical credits are high-grade. In fact, the least
convincing element of the movie is Joey himself, an obviously animatronic creation clearly hampered by the low budget.
The movie treads on mighty touchy ground with its subplot of Linda's methodical infanticide, and some scenes (including a well-staged shoot-out in a hospital nursery) will certainly offend parents and other sensitive viewers. But perhaps it's too much to expect taste and restraint from an
exploitation film, especially one made with the confidence that this displays. (Graphic violence, sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
Cast & Details See all »
- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: While neither as creepy nor as intelligent as the original, THE UNBORN II is a schlocky, fast-paced, generally entertaining ride and one of the better recent efforts from Roger Corman's New Horizons company. Writer Catherine Moore (Michelle Greene) move… (more)