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Horror: Grace

Children are monsters. No really, they are. They grow like parasites, and even after tearing their way out of the being whose insides have nurtured them to term, they continue to suck nourishment, and sleep, out of their mothers. They assert a bizarre form of mind control over their soul crushed parents too. “Awwww, isn’t he/she/whatever adorable!” It’s a statement, not a question. NO! They’re not! Babies look like horrifying, spongy, pink lizards! They smell bad, they puke and poop, and make nauseating noises that sound like someone is drowning a hamster. And yet, once under their spell, their parents – who for the most part had previously seemed like perfectly acceptable human beings – become mindless slaves to their tiny, bodily-fluid producing, pink overlords.

These are the facts explored in the movie GRACE, although it doesn’t answer the age old question of why their damn hands are always sticky? *shudders*

After failing several attempts to do so, using the help of a fertility program, Michael and Madeline manage to succeed in creating a baby the old fashion way. Having lost faith in modern medicine they turn to a private birthing clinic for help. Michael’s overbearing mother disapproves, believing her grandchild will receive the best care from medical professionals. So, there’s some tension there!

Grace is born, but it’s under tragic circumstance. Michael is killed in a car accident, there are complications with the pregnancy (resulting from the same accident). Madeline soon discovers that her helpless, needy child is not normal. She requires nourishment that Madeline is incapable of providing.

Writer / Director Paul Solet has crafted an engrossing horror movie with GRACE. The movie begins in sharp bites, but we’re given plenty to chew on in those rapid, but wonderfully shot, early scenes. The film looks amazing too. But there’s something wrong with everyone in it, and by extension, I’m going to happily assume that Solet is probably completely nuts too.

The success of Grace as a horror film hinges not only on Solet’s writing and direction, but on the performance of Jordan Ladd (Death Proof, Hostel: Part II) as Madeline. For the vast majority of Madeline’s time on screen Ladd is acting alone. Her performance is involving and extreme, and worthy of notice.

When the term horror is being used more and more to represent movies that are just horrible, it’s refreshing to see an actual horror movie. There are moments of gore in Grace, but the movie certainly doesn’t rely on them for it’s thrills. Instead it relies on being a well crafted, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat, film that will have you reconsidering your need to procreate. It had me reaching for the remote more than once, not just because the movie was intense, but because I had the overwhelming desire to book myself in for a vasectomy. [source]

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