Release: September 2, 2016
Director: Danny Perez
Screenplay: Danny Perez
Starring: Natasha Lyonne as Lou, Chloe Sevigny as Sadie, Meg Tilly as Lorna, Max Allen Webber as Gabriel, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos as Warren.
Spoiler Warning: This is a terrible film.
Antibirth is a low budget “psychedelic body horror” film wherein a skeevy stoner, played by that pudgy faced gal with the frizzy hair from “Slums of Beverly Hills,” comes to one morning following a particularly uproarious night of partying and much to her dismay, she’s pregnant. To make things worse, the fetus seems to be growing at a greatly accelerated rate. She encounters a crazy old hippie lady who informs her that the child is part of some sort of alien project. The meandering, and frankly stupid, story culminates with Lou giving birth to a severed alien head, and then a seven foot tall alien body. An event that kills her and leaves her little more than a flattened lump of skin lying on the ground.
There really isn’t much to this film, not nearly enough to justify its 94 minute running time. The entire reason I watched was the rather intriguing genre descriptor, psychedelic body horror. It is not very psychedelic, and there is (aside from the rather entertaining birthing scene at the end) little in the way of body horror to be seen here. Unless you find belly expansion horrific, but if that’s the case, the restaurant scene in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” is more deserving of the title than this flick. I freely admit that when it comes to horror flicks, I enjoy crap. This flick, however, was just beyond the pale. The filmmaker was trying way too hard to have this thing be taken seriously.