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      Grace

      2009, Horror/Comedy, 1h 34m

      32 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Though not entirely effective as a conventional horror flick, Grace is still a graphic, disturbing, and artful exploration of twisted maternal instinct. Read critic reviews

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      In the wake of a horrific car accident that kills her husband, Michael (Stephen Park), expectant mother Madeline Matheson (Jordan Ladd) discovers that her daughter, Grace, has died in the womb. Ignoring her doctor's warnings that the fetus must be removed from her body, a grief-stricken Matheson demands to carry the child to term -- even if it endangers her own life to do so. Curiously, little Grace emerges undead -- and with a craving for human blood.

      • Rating: R (Violence|Some Sexual Content|Bloody Images)

      • Genre: Horror, Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Paul Solet

      • Producer: Kevin DeWalt, Adam Green

      • Writer: Paul Solet

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Distributor: Anchor Bay

      • Production Co: ArieScope Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      Cast & Crew

      Jordan Ladd
      Gabrielle Rose
      Samantha Ferris
      Malcolm Stewart
      Stephen Park
      Serge Houde
      Paul Solet
      Simon Edery
      Scott Einbinder
      Austin Wintory
      Zoran Popovic
      John Coniglio
      Darrin Navarro
      Martina Buckley
      Ron McCall
      Jacqueline Miller
      Brenda Shenher

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      • May 02, 2015

        Okay-ish horror flick Grace knows what buttons to press but just can't seem to get a good grasp on its audience. Jordan Ladd gives a very good performance and the film is memorable, but unlike other films in the same vein like The Omen or Rosemary's Baby it doesn't settle under the skin it just wavers. The extremely quite score and washed-out colours reveal an intriguing premise as a disappointingly boring and often kind of tedious picture.

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      • Aug 03, 2011

        *** 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. That is what makes it a horror film in the first place; because a baby is a baby, but a baby that vomits blood and loses all its hair at the mere gentle touch of a brush is something else, and signifies a young child that might break instead of bounce if one were to drop it. The parent of this child is Madeline (Jordan Ladd). She's tried getting pregnant a few times, but one time while she is engaged in sexual intercourse with her husband Michael, things seem to work out for once. A few seconds later and bang, Madeline is pregnant, and she's living the vegan life. Michael's mother Vivian (Gabrielle Rose) does not approve of the foods that Madeline is indulging in; nor does she approve in her choice of doctors. Instead, she recommends one that she trusts quite a bit; only to have her suggestions rejected by both members of the couple. Their choice is to go to a birthing clinic; where they meet the kindly woman who runs it, Dr. Patricia Lang (Samantha Ferris). They seem to like her; and she seems to like them. But that won't get the baby born. It's only a matter of time now. Indeed, it is. Madeline suddenly feels increasing pain in her chest area one night, and has to be rushed to the hospital shortly thereafter. It is there that Patricia prevents the doctors from beginning the labor process; as they intended to. So Michael and Madeline drive home the next night, their child still with them. But then, a fatal car crash changes everything; killing Michael, killing the baby, and leaving Madeline alive. It is then that she refers to Patricia and the clinic for further help; delivering her unborn child and miraculously nursing it (her) back to health, and naming the child Grace. Was it a miracle - a blessing - or was it a bad omen for things to come? The child seems pretty alright at first; although it doesn't take much time for the strange stuff to start happening. The flies seem to like it around the baby's crib, and the kid doesn't appear to want to drink her milk. At least not from the bottle. She'll take it from mommy's breast; but then again, it's soon revealed that what she's taking in is not milk at all, but rather blood, and it would certainly appear that this is her preferred beverage, contrary to the conventional baby foods and needs. So it's kind of like "Hellraiser", but with a screaming baby. A screaming baby that upchucks half the blood that it absorbs, develops odd and painful looking rashes all around its little body, and looks consistently sick enough to die just about any minute. But then again, Madeline doesn't look much better either. That makes sense, though; she's succumbed to depression. She's just lost her husband, and his mother won't get off her back about the baby and other unnecessary bullshit, and the baby is a loud and prevalent whiner. If "Grace" can't create great and memorable characters; it can certainly create a situation that's real and unnerving enough for us to sympathize for what they're being forced to endure. The film shifts rather abruptly from a sweet little mother-daughter relationship to a disturbing infectious horror-thriller in what feels like a blink of an eye. That probably won't sit well with a lot of people, but if you're looking for a genre picture that's a little less conventional than the rest, I think this will do. It's different, it's disturbing and best of all, it's believable. The acting is solid enough, and the direction was taut enough, for me to buy into the situation and its many horrors. There isn't necessarily a hint of greatness at any point in the movie; but if Solet can make stuff like cat food disgusting and distressing, I'd say he's a new-found talent. I understand why the film will be criticized by a lot of people. If you do not care about the characters, then you cannot care about their problems; that is an age-old theory, and let's not treat "Grace" as if it's any exception, because it's not. I admired the film because it has a simple aim - to make the audience feel uncomfortable and disturbed - and in my mind, that's just what it does. As an avid horror fan, I was quite surprised by how down-right nasty and gross some of the scenes were; particularly a few that came around near the end. Now, that isn't always a compliment; but it is in this case. "Grace" is by no means an entertaining film, but it is one that I just couldn't look away from; I blame the damn baby screams.

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      • Jun 07, 2011

        I really like the story to this one...i really do. I just think it could've done a little better, that's all.

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      • Sep 30, 2010

        The movie opens with a couple, Michael (Stephen Park) and Madeline (Jordon Ladd) having sex. The look on Jordan's face is detached and bored but we soon learn she's had two previous miscarriages and conclude that sex has become nothing but a tool for Madeline. We also find out that she is a lesbian who wants a baby more than anything in the world and it's gotten to the point where she can't even take pleasure in sex anymore as she's afraid it's just going to lead to the disappointment and heartache of yet another miscarriage. Fast-forward months later and we see that Madeline is pregnant. Mike's mother Vivian (Gabrielle Rose) wants to make sure Madeline has the kid in a hospital but she wants to have a midwife named Patricia (her ex lover) deliver it. But then disaster strikes yet again as the family is involved in a horrible car accident resulting in Michael's death near the end of her eighth month that kills the baby as well. But despite what both doctors and her mid-wife tell her, Madeline's determined to carry the baby to full term and "give birth" to it naturally as planned. She's expecting a still birth but a miracle happens and she gives birth to a child that she names Grace. Not long after she gets home the baby starts exhibiting some odd behavior. From this point on the atmosphere of the film is even heavier and you just know things aren't going to end well for any of the characters involved. It seems our beloved infant is not interested in suckling mother's milk. She a very "special" child and has special needs that will make her mother go to great lengths to satisfy this hunger. Just how deep is a mother's love and how far would a mother go for her child whom she loves unconditionally? Jordan Ladd does an amazing job as a woman walking the edge of sanity who ultimately takes the leap. Her performance is so brilliant that you feel for her and can't simply write her off as some crazy bitch as she tries to hold onto the one part of her life that will make her feel whole.

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