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(2009), Unrated [Hardcore R*] (1hr 21min)

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July 23, 2009

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2009), Unrated [Hardcore R*] ... We all need to get some wind chimes...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Relativity Media, Rogue Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Phantom Four Distribution (US): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): David S. Goyer
Producer(s): Michael Bay, William S. Beasley, Jessika Borsiczky Goyer, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller
Written by: David S. Goyer
Cinematography/Camera: James Hawkinson
Music: Ramin Djawadi
Film Editing: Jeff Betancourt
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Seth Yanklewit
Production Design: Craig Jackson
Art Direction: Gary Baugh
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD

This analysis is sponsored by the generosity of E&HP and C&EZ.

I have an IQ of 139 but the minute details of connectivity of an evil-oriented plot and story such as The Unborn sometimes escape me. So, I am not going to try to discuss the story or plot in any great detail. I don't have the mind-set to figure out what all the subtle hints and suggestions evil programming tries to say. I suppose it makes sense that story holes and gaps occur when trying to build a story involving things that simply do not exist. But I will do my best to give you enough information for you to be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether this film is fit.

In the COMING SOON enewsletter announcing the upcoming analysis of The Unborn I reported that the DVD comes with both the unrated version and the PG-13 version: that I would prepare a separate analysis of the PG-13 version following the analysis of this unrated version. This report is analysis of the unrated version. I will prepare an analysis of the PG-13 version and in it will prepare a scoring distribution comparative of the two versions for your information. Comparative analysis of an unrated and rated version of the same film will be at least interesting to find out the content differences. To be unrated means the MPAA did not see or rejected a version of a film. They apparently deemed the PG-13 version acceptable for 13 year olds and older. But what is it about this unrated version? "Unrated" means anything goes. Were parts chopped from the unrated version to permit the MPAA to slap a 13-year-old-acceptable label on it? We'll see.

An unborn son of Gordon and Janet Belden (James Remar and Carla Gugino) died while in utero. Gordon and Janet gave the boy the nickname of Jumby but gave him no surname since the time he died was so early in the pregnancy. Along with Jumby in mom's uterus was Casey, his twin sister. Jumby died because Casey's umbilical cord wrapped around Jumby's neck. Apparently Jumby did not like that. By the way, I have been an emergency medical technician for years and I know about prolapsed cord (the umbilical cord appearing before the baby) and a baby's own cord getting wrapped around his/her neck but I've never heard of a baby's cord getting wrapped around a twin's neck. Besides, babies do not breathe while inside the womb.

It is now years later and Casey is in college. Jumby's spirit, or dybbuk (a soul barred from Heaven), has been circling around, bouncing between hosts for all those years -- waiting for the right time to get his sister. Jumby is ready to be born now. At least, so sayeth four year old Matthew Newton (Atticus Shaffer), so sayeth the hand written text on a college classroom chalkboard, and so sayeth Casey's class notes. Jumby is dead but he is ready to be born.

I guess this is supposed to make sense since Jumby never got the chance to be born and his dybbuk is grasping for anything he can find to enable him to live since he is barred from Heaven. I guess. But the fact is that if one's soul is barred from Heaven there is only one other "place" it can go. Especially since the story says the dybbuk is a condemned soul. Condemned? To where? Unless I missed it Hell is not mentioned anywhere in the script except as an expletive. And on top of that, a baby's soul is never condemned. It is blessed. Just another hole in the story I guess. We all need to get some wind chimes and hang them in our windows (the story claims wind chimes detect dybbuks).

But how can a dead infant be born? According to the story, by its dybbuk possessing the body of a host, be it insect, animal or human. Typically (typically?) the host becomes one of the most grotesque demonic creatures ever to invade the big screen. And the only way for the dybbuk to be "kilt" is by exorcism. Much of the screen time for this film is spent portraying trying to exorcise Jumby's dybbuk out of Casey, then out of Episcopal priest Arthur Windham (), then out of Casey's boyfriend, Mark () ... By the way, the writers' use of Psalm 91 as the exorcism chant is fairly true to the Bible but not 100%. True to the text of Psalm 91 anyway but not to the purpose of it. I suppose to a lot of viewers Psalm 91 will now be known as the exorcism chapter. Remember the "chant" Jesus used to cast the demons out of the men into the pigs? "Go." That is it. [Matt. 8:32]

Such is the entire theme of this Exorcist-like horror film. Indeed, this unrated 2009 film with a 2009 brother rated PG-13 earned a much more severe final score than the R-rated The Exorcist (Remastered) of 2000 and nearly as severe a final score as the likewise R-rated Exorcist: The Beginning of 2007. I have no doubt at all that the PG-13 brother of this film will earn a hardcore R-13 final score. I'll let you know. But just for comparison purposes since The Unborn seems to have the same theme as The Exorcist films, below is the scoring data distribution for The Exorcist (Remastered) of 2000 and for Exorcist: The Beginning of 2004 pus the scoring data distribution for this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence is rampant. Terror sequences and horror images of demonic critters abound. I say "critters" because demonic possessions in this film are not limited to humans. A "possessed" little boy is seen lying on a bed next to a woman, the boy then pushes up the woman's t-shirt to expose her abdomen then shoves his hand into her abdomen. The same boy also impales a woman with a butcher knife in another scene. The evilness notwithstanding, such violent behaviors can and may serve to desensitize the viewer from appreciating the gravity of such decisions of behavior choices. God thinks so. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 71 out of 100
Six times someone utters one of the three/four letter word vocabulary words but none of them were the most foul of the foul words. A lie tops off the loss of 29 of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. God speaks of profanity as "filthy communication." And there is no rationalizing it. [Col. 3:8,, Isa. 13:11, 2 Tim. 2:16, Prov. 8:13] About lies, God is particularly stern about lying. So stern that the unforgiven liar will not make it into Heaven. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 25 out of 100
There is intercourse in this unrated film. It is without exposure of the gender-specific parts of the actor and actress but it is intercourse nonetheless. And it is outside of holy matrimony. God is also quite stern about sexual immorality in many verses. They can be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. That is hard to accept in this day and age [Prov. 30:12] but I didn't write the Rules. The One whose Son spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there did. There are crude anatomical references, a nude woman in a shower (rear view from the hips up), an invitation to have sex, a little boy lifting a woman's T-shirt to rub her nude abdomen (and lightly touching the underside of her left breast) and more. Enough to lose 75 of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Hebr. 13:4, Col. 3:5 - 10 and many more]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 83 out of 100
The only instances of abuse of controlled substances in the entire 81 minutes of the film were one instance of drunkenness (buzzed) and one instance of suggesting abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
God's holy name is abused 12 times, each time without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] By demonic forces the head of a dog is rotated to upside down. Likewise is the head of a man rotated to upside down while he is down on all fours. But these are relatively "tame" examples of the graphic horror imagery of The Unborn, all of them of the unholy nature: appearance of the dead and the dead speaking to the living; creepy-crawlies oozing from the walls, floor, water, sewage, a mouth, more; a dead boy rising; hideous beings and demonic possessions. [Phil. 4:8, Deut. 18:10]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 30 out of 100
There are at least eleven murders by beings of unholy nature. Many of the actual murder mechanisms were unseen but oft times suggestion is more influential than visual observation. A woman is folded backwards at the waist. A woman is murdered by a butcher knife. A young man is murdered by a great fall. One of the murder victims, an old woman, is seen after-the-fact in such a way as to be a more powerful an influence than seeing how the demon possessed man did the dirty deed.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'path that is not good' no matter how "small" or "just" it might seem, and its effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be a man or woman or child, the act of demonstrating violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health agencies to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Matt. 8:32 He [Jesus] said to them [the demons in the two possessed men], "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice (ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.), blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is arrogance and haughtiness against wholesomeness which gives us the impudence to speak profanity.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. ["Froward" is tahpukah: perversity, perverse thing. "Perverse" is iqqesh: aside from the right path, corrupt, twisted, distorted, crooked. "Froward mouth" then includes perverse, profane (bebelos: unhallowed, ungodly) speech. And arrogance is what emboldens and propels one to use profane speech.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the {unforgiven} fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [the vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Prov. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Col. 3:5 - 10 Mortify [nekraa: deprive of strength, make dead, destroy the strength of] therefore your members [melos: parts of the body given up to criminal intercourse] which are upon the earth; fornication [porneia: adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, relatives, etc.], uncleanness [akatharsia: lustful living, impure motives], inordinate affection [pathos: depraved, vile passions], evil concupiscence [apithumia: lusting after, desire for what is forbidden], and covetousness [pleonexia: greedy desire to have more, avarice], which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blashpemia: slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name or impious and reproachful speech injurious to God], filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. [God sounds so serious about embracing evil that it seems He would include embracing evil even in and as entertainment since it has been proven in so many ways that entertainment can and does influence deeply and contaminate values. Even God agrees with that. (See 1 Cor. 15:33).]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Unborn (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • terror sequencing, repeatedly
  • dreamstate horror, repeatedly
  • experiencing dreamstate horror while awake
  • hurtful scene of dead baby being taken away
  • talk of suicide by hanging
  • young boy digging his hand into the abdomen of an adult woman
  • tale of killing children in experiments
  • dead child's body
  • long sequence of terror - pursuit
  • images of drug injection into child's eye
  • admission of killing a child
  • wanton destruction of private property due to superstition
  • graphic motor vehicle versus child collision
  • horror sequencing - intensely graphic changing of a human into a demon
  • stabbing of a young woman with a butcher knife by a child
  • action violence, repeatedly, many quite intense
  • graphic hand-to-hand combat
  • graphic strike to the head
  • beating head against wall
  • assault to kill
  • stabbing with a necklace pendant
  • death by falling - graphic

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 71 out of 100
  • six uses of profanity (none of the most foul of the foul words)
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 25 out of 100
  • girl in underwear, repeatedly, a few of them obviously for display
  • anatomical talk
  • girl in bed (alone) with unseen upper nudity
  • girl in shower, rear nudity from hips up
  • girl's locker room with multiple girls in towels only
  • girl inviting boy to father's house for sex while father is out of town
  • boy speaking to girl in slang for erection
  • boy and girl in bed nude (nothing gender-specific seen) making out with her on him
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • flashback of making out nude
  • young boy lying in bed with an adult woman, lifting her T-shirt, lightly touching the underside of her left breast, and stroking her abdomen
  • excessive cleavage
  • pregnancy by immoral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 83 out of 100
  • drunkenness
  • suggesting prescription drug abuse

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • abuse of God's name 12 times, each without the four letter expletive
  • dreamstate terror - demon boy
  • demonic baby corpse buried then uncovered and snapping its eyes open as a startle device
  • speaking of demonology and unholy possession, repeatedly
  • young boy portrayed as possessed of an evil spirit, speaking of impossible things and striking a girl with a mirror
  • manifestation of evil portrayed by an insect inside a chicken egg
  • embracement of superstition, repeatedly
  • teaching of evolution
  • portrayal of evil changing the written text on a chalkboard and of written notes
  • insect appearing on girl's hand, portraying the presence of evil
  • change of eye color by evil possession, repeatedly
  • strange boy appearing/disappearing, repeatedly, often with demonic features and appearance
  • portrayal of evil in household items, particularly things with mirrors
  • explosive appearance of the strange boy with demonic features inside a bathroom medicine chest
  • talk of evil possession, haunting, repeatedly
  • creepy-crawlies and tentacles bursting out of walls and boiling up from water, sewage, floor, etc.
  • appearance of the dead communicating with the living
  • embracing superstitious protection behaviors and items
  • a dead boy rising from supine to a siting position
  • counterfeiting of entrance into Heaven
  • unexplained voices, repeatedly
  • a dead boy appearing as a reflection in a photo
  • a tale of attempts to possess a fetus, repeatedly
  • book of demonology, mysticism
  • belief in charms for protection from and detection of evil
  • demon dog appearing/disappearing, repeatedly
  • young boy speaking of demon killing a young woman if she helps another young woman
  • human changing into a demon then rotating its head 180 degrees vertical (upside down) while in an on-all-fours position
  • long sequence of terror - pursuit by demon with upside down head
  • monologue of demonic warfare
  • portrayal of evil causing loss of electrical power, repeatedly
  • demon dog with an inverted head
  • portrayal of demon possession, repeatedly, some intensely graphic
  • graphic portrayal of manifestations of evil forces causing chaos and destruction, repeatedly
  • drawings of demons
  • portrayal of evil having the power to throw people around and to cause massive upheaval, repeatedly
  • scene of creepy-crawlies exiting from a young man's mouth

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 30 out of 100
  • flash appearance of demon boy in the dark, killing an old woman
  • killing of eight additional people by demons (unseen)
  • murder of one woman by evil forces folding her backwards

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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