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The Unborn

International poster
Directed by David S. Goyer
Produced by Michael Bay
Andrew Form
Brad Fuller
Written by David S. Goyer
Starring Odette Yustman
Gary Oldman
Cam Gigandet
Meagan Good
James Remar
Rhys Coiro
Carla Gugino
with Jane Alexander
and Idris Elba
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography James Hawkinson
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release date(s) January 9, 2009 (US)
Running time 87 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$16 million[1]
Gross revenue $75,915,793

The Unborn is a 2009 American supernatural horror-thriller film written and directed by David S. Goyer. The film stars Gary Oldman as a spiritual advisor to a young girl (Odette Yustman) who is tormented by a dybbuk. The dybbuk seeks to use her death as a gateway to physical existence.[2][3] The film is produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. It was released in American theaters on January 9, 2009, by Rogue Pictures.



Casey Beldon is plagued by nightmarish hallucinations of strange looking dogs and an evil child with bright blue eyes. While baby-sitting Matty, her neighbor's son, she hears the boy's voice coming over the baby monitor. When she goes to check on him she finds Matty intently showing the infant it's reflection. He attacks her with the mirror and tells her, "Jumby wants to be born now."

The next day, Casey's friend Romy tells her of a superstition where newborns shouldn't see their reflections for at least a year because it means they'll die soon. When she comes back from her run the next day, an ambulance is outside her neighbor's house and another neighbor tells her "the baby wasn't breathing", indicating that what Romy said was true.

After being hit with the mirror, Casey's eyes begin to change color, which an optician explains as Tetragametic chimerism and Heterochromia. After questioning her father about the circumstances of her birth, she learns she had a twin brother who died in the womb. Casey begins to suspect that the spirit haunting her is the soul of her dead twin wanting to be born so it can transfer to the world of the living.

Casey meets a woman named Sofi Kozma, (who is later revealed to be her grandmother) who explains that she had a twin brother who was killed in Nazi experiments in Auschwitz when they were both just children during World War II. The boy was brought back to life by a dybbuk who intended to use his body as a portal into the world of the living. Sofi killed her twin to stop the dybbuk, and now it haunts her family for revenge. Sofi refers Casey to Rabbi Joseph Sendak, who can perform a Jewish exorcism to remove the dybbuk. Rabbi Sendak doesn't believe her at first until he sees a dog with its head twisted upside down in his synagogue. During this time, the dybbuk kills Sofi and Romy, and Casey begins to realize that it's only getting stronger.

The exorcism is performed, but when the dybbuk tries to stop Rabbi Sendak and others from completing the ritual, things go terribly awry and several people are wounded and killed. The dybbuk then begins chasing Casey and her boyfriend Mark through the building, finally taking possession of Mark, who tries to kill her. She stabs him in the neck jugular vein to try and stop him, then Rabbi Sendak arrives and he and Casey are able to complete the exorcism. This draws the dybbuk out of the human world, but Mark falls and dies during the separation. Casey mourns him and finds out later on that she is pregnant by him, with twins.



The Unborn received an overwhelmingly negative reaction from critics. Based on 103 reviews collected from notable publications, the film garnered a rating of 12% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

Box office

In the U.S., the film opened at the third position, grossing $19,810,585 averaging $8,405 at 2,357 sites.[5] It spent only eight weeks in release, and had a final gross of $42,670,410.[1] Worldwide, the film has grossed $76,710,644 as of June 28, 2009.


The Unborn
Film score by Ramin Djawadi
Released February 24, 2009
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Label Lakeshore Records

The soundtrack's original music was composed by Ramin Djawadi.

Track listing U.S. edition[6]
  1. The Unborn
  2. The Glove
  3. Jumby Wants To Be Born Now
  4. Twin's
  5. Mom's Room
  6. Barto
  7. Possessed
  8. Experiment's
  9. Breaking Mirrors
  10. Dybuk
  11. The Doorway's Open
  12. Sofie's Letter
  13. Medicine Cabinet
  14. Bugs
  15. Book Of Mirrors
  16. Circle Of Trust
  17. Hex Or Schism
  18. Inhabit The Helpless
  19. Sefer Ha-Marot
  20. Casey

Home media

The Unborn was released on July 7, 2009 in Region 1[7] and on June 22, 2009 in Region 2.[8] According to DVDTown, the DVD includes both the theatrical version (88 minutes) and the unrated cut (89 minutes). In addition to that, some deleted scenes are provided. The Blu-Ray version contains the DVD features plus two exclusive BD Live features.


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