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      Released Jul 29, 2016 1h 32m Horror Mystery & Thriller TRAILER for Shelley: Trailer 1 List Shelley: Trailer 1 Shelley: Trailer 1 1:43 View more videos
      92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 39% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A childless couple make a bargain with their Romanian maid to serve as a surrogate. When the child inside her begins growing too quickly, it becomes clear that a sinister force is overtaking all of them. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Noel Murray Los Angeles Times It's no "Rosemary's Baby" - or even "It's Alive" - but the Danish supernatural thriller "Shelley" is a fair addition to the "natal horror" genre. Jul 28, 2016 Full Review Neil Genzlinger New York Times Maybe expecting a horror film to have a point is expecting too much. In any case, the two actresses give committed performances on the way to a veiled ending. Jul 28, 2016 Full Review Jessica Kiang The Playlist A classy take on the often trashy pregnancy horror category, with a subtle social critique underlying its neo-gothic texture. Rated: B+ Jul 26, 2016 Full Review Andreea Patru Vague Visages In the end, the director chose to focus on the hidden face of motherhood — both natural and substituted — and amplified its fears into this spine-chilling story. Dec 6, 2023 Full Review Emma Wolfe SpookyAstronauts It's one of those films that are just made up of moments instead of scenes and I really, really enjoyed that. Rated: 5/10 Apr 29, 2021 Full Review Emilie Black Cinema Crazed The less is more approach usually works for this reviewer, however here it was much too little and lead to an expected ending with very little pay off. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 19, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Among all of the "Rosemary's Baby" copy movies, this one isn't actually that bad. It does end on a cliffhanger but it works in my opinion. However you may feel unsatisfied with this movie and have more questions if you don't know about some of the symbolism of the Antichrist. Without that knowledge, the appearance of a dark dog, the protector of the antichrist would make no sense to the person watching. Oh and it isn't scary, so there's that. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Half a star for the atmospheric location and the luminous glow that suffuses the first half of the movie. As for the rest...couldn't tell ya, because this is yet another one of those films that leaves you in the dark. Literally. In. The. Dark. The second half of the movie might as well have been phoned in...again, literally. And I mean on your gram's land-line, rotary-dial telephone, because there's nothing to look at but some vague shapes that occasionally surface thru the murk and immediately sink back into unintelligibility, leaving the audience with nothing to do but make up their own story to go with the soundtrack, which provides enough hints that something awful is happening to set you on the right track. I guess some people like that sort of cinematic tomfoolery, because it seems to be the stock in trade of the type of horror films that go for the 'artsy' cachet, but I say it's a cheat and a cop out to expect your audience to finish your story for you when you've run out of steam and left them to figure out their own resolution. Isn't that what YOU went to film school for? Oh, well, I suppose I should be happy that at least this one didn't end up being an hour and a half of shaky-cam 'found footage'...except that after five minutes of that, I would have reclaimed my evening and found something else to watch. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Like Rosemary's Baby if made by David Cronenberg, this is an unsettling film that unfolds at a deliberate pace, making us seriously cringe as it forces us to contemplate the creepy idea of a pregnant woman getting slowly wrecked by a living creature growing inside her. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Very dark and well done. Awesome performances by all involved. I think although Rosemaryï¿ 1/2(TM)s Baby is a classic, this movie gave me much more of a genuine unsettling feeling. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Not scary. Leaves the story hanging. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of the best Horror movies I have seen in a long time. It is utterly frightening and the performances of the actors are very convincing. Great Danish Cinema! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A childless couple make a bargain with their Romanian maid to serve as a surrogate. When the child inside her begins growing too quickly, it becomes clear that a sinister force is overtaking all of them.
      Ali Abbasi
      Jacob Jarek
      Ali Abbasi, Maren Louise Käehne
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Profile Pictures
      Horror, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 29, 2016, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 13, 2016
      1h 32m
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