Movie Review: ‘Antibirth’

Review by Lauryn Angel

I’m not really sure what to tell you about Danny Perez’s Antibirth. It certainly must be seen to be believed, but I’m not sure I can in good conscience recommend it to anyone. It’s a mess of a movie, with a final fifteen minutes that defies description.

Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and Sadie (Chloe Sevigny) are party girls who spend their days roaming around town, and drinking and smoking at Lou’s dingy home. At night, they party – in the opening scene, Lou is so wasted that she doesn’t remember much the next day. No one is really surprised when Lou seems to be pregnant – except Lou herself, who adamantly maintains she hasn’t had sex with anyone. Still, the pregnancy test is positive, and the only person who believes Lou, despite her rapidly growing baby bump, is Lorna (Meg Tilly) a drifter who claims to have psychic abilities and knowledge of a conspiracy against Lou.

The plot wanders quite a bit before the movie’s conclusion, which is really the problem. The film could have easily been an effective body-horror flick about the dangers of addiction, but Perez’s goal seems to have been to defy any deeper meaning. The film gets points for avoiding the hackneyed plot of the mysterious pregnancy involving demons – but the final reveal is rather more ludicrous.

This is the kind of movie that would probably be enhanced with commentary from the likes of Elvira or the crew from Mystery Science Theater 3000. On its own, it’s more confusing than anything else, and the bizarre, disgusting ending is not enough of a payoff to make this movie worthwhile.

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