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Masters of Horror: Pro-Life (2005)

Ron Perlman , Emmanuelle Vaugiere , John Carpenter  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron Perlman, Emmanuelle Vaugiere
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS47K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Pro-Life" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by John Carpenter and screenwriters Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan
  • "Final Delivery: The Making of Pro-Life" featurette
  • "Demon Baby: Birthing the FX Sequence" featurette
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Still Gallery
  • Director Bio
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)

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John Carpenter's (Halloween) contribution to the second season of the Masters of Horror series, Pro-Life, tackles one of the most abject horror film topics--abortion--with absurdity, showing how humor can be rooted in disgust. Fifteen-year old Angelique (Caitlin Wachs) Burcell has been raped by the devil, and seeks an abortion at the local abortion clinic in this homage to Rosemary's Baby. Unfortunately, her right wing Christian father, Dwayne (Ron Perlman), is not only pro-life, but also has a psychotic belief that she is about to birth God's child which justifies fighting his way into the clinic with guns to prevent Angelique's operation. Two doctors are shocked to learn that they can't exterminate the evil spawn, as they watch it bulge and buck inside Angelique's belly. Graphic birth scenes coupled with the Devil's visit to the clinic to meet his newborn will cause both laughter and repulsion. The baby, with human head and six crab-like legs, crawls around the operating room floor until he meets his demise. Demented as it is funny, Pro-Life contains less metaphoric horror than the Alien series, but has a similar aesthetic. For those who appreciate mutant birth scenes, Carpenter's rendition will satisfy. --Trinie Dalton

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PRO-LIFE is a MASTERPIECE that blends highly charged political themes with spine tingling suspense. The cast is well known, (including genre icon Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Blade II), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw II) and Mark Feuerstein (What Women Want, Rules of E

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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
John Carpenter returns to Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series with Season 2's offering "Pro-Life." As with most anthology series, the quality of any given episode and the reaction to it can be widely divergent. Carpenter's entry from last season, "Cigarette Burns," is one of its most divisive. It is regarded in some circles as the best the show had to offer and dismissed out of hand by others. I fell somewhere in between the debate ranking it in the middle/upper part of the pack.

Intriguingly enough, the Takeshi Miike episode banned from Season 1 involved a storyline revolving around abortions. "Pro-Life," as you might guess from the title, also has this as a major theme. But don't worry, this is no heavy handed diatribe--it's light and loose but still has some sting to its barbs. This is a brand of horror that I like to think of as "everything but the kitchen sink." It is a social satire and a commentary on pro-life extremists--but it also throws in a grisly birth, a massive gun fight, torture, a insectile creature with a baby head, a chasm to an alternate world, and what appears to be the devil himself. In other words, I pretty much loved it! Easily one of the more entertaining episodes, no one will confuse this with great art--but it's a whole lot of fun.

The action gets going when a doctor from a local abortion clinic almost runs down a young girl fleeing from an unknown pursuer. Taking her into the hospital to make sure she's all right, she confesses to being pregnant. She thinks God has brought her here to get an abortion. Her father ends up at the front gate demanding her return, he is a pro-life activist who has had previous run-ins with this establishment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOD WANTS YOU TO KILL MY BABY, November 14, 2011
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Young Angelique (Caitlin Wachs) is pregnant with Satan's baby. In a casting irony, Hellboy, Ron Perlman is the father of Angelique and is part of the Pro-Life movement. The abortion clinic where she is at believe Ron Perlman, her father, raped her. They can't perform the abortion without his permission and they can't let her go back to him. The story oozes and drips with irony and role reversals.

F-bomb, no sex or nudity, exploding head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "People Are Too Harsh" January 10, 2009
Format:DVD
Okay, so I've seen quite a few episodes of Masters Of Horror and to tell you the truth 95% are not that great. But I really liked this one, I don't know what it is about it but I liked it. I see allot of folks didn't care for it but hey, everyone is different.

Anyhow a young girl gets impregnated by a demon and goes to have an abortion except her father and brothers think it's a child from god and try to force her to keep it. Of course she tries anyways because she knows the truth about it so her crazy father chases her to the clinic, which by the way is like a small fortress. So she gets in an her father becomes angry and from there insues gun battles, demon babies, torture and the one thing I didn't like, the ending.

If you must know about it, the girl has the baby which is like a spider/baby, the demon which impregnated her shows up and just when you think things are gonna get better it doesn't. You see the demon baby gets killed but yet the demon does nothing about it and walks off like a sad kid who lost it's dog. Maybe they ran out of time and that's the best they could do being that there only hour long episodes but damn, you could've done better than that. I guess that's what you'd expect from John Carpenter who has made a few garbage movies in his time. Besides the ending it was a good little episode, whether you like it or not is up to you, oh and by the way I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars not four.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socio-political horror and a darn good story March 17, 2007
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Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in the United States, and kudos to John Carpenter for tackling it head-on. I have read reviews on various message boards objecting to "Masters of Horror" episodes with a political point of view (esp. Joe Dante's "Honecoming"). What is art if not an expression of the artist's viewpoint? "Pro-Life" is filled with irony: in instilling "pro-life" values in his sons and in carrying them out himself, {SPOILERS!} Dwayne Burcell is actually promoting pro-death values as he turns his sons into killers and carries out cold-blooded murder in the name of his beliefs. It is Angelique, who demands the abortion, who actually carries out God's will. Her father and brainwashed brothers take innocent lives in quite gory and shocking scenes. Network TV series have traditionally tried to present both sides of controversial issues. That is not art, but playing it safe. "Masters" doesn't play safe. BTW, I own a fur coat but loved Argento's "Pelts."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uggh John November 23, 2008
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A 15 year old girl gets impregnated by the devil when he comes up from underground one lazy summer night and pulls her down into hell for some rough sex. One morning while running in the woods she is nearly hit by a car whose two occupants happen to be on their way to work at the local women's clinic. They take her in to see if she is okay from the accident and then find out that she is with child. Soon the clinic is invaded by her father a God fearing, gun loving, and abortion hating madman played by Ron Perlman. He is not the only problem as they soon find out that the child's father may in fact be the devil himself. The staff and other patients at the hospital are caught in the middle of a deadly war between the two dads. The violence and special effects in this movie are very gross and very graphic. The spider baby is especially gross to look at and when the devil finally appears his scaly body and horns are a bit much. Either way this film sucks it doesn't look or have any of the fun you expect from a Carpenter film. To say that Ron Perlman gives the best performance isn't saying much as the actress playing his daughter is terrible and the doctors barely keep a straight face saying their lines. Carpenter says in the making of that he considers the Perlman character a hero I certainly would not go that far. He tries to legitimize this film by telling the tale of a deeply religious man who has brainwashed his kids into blindly following him on a mission to save his daughter their sister by killing innocent people and then at the end after so many people have lost their lives raising the question if it was as God had wished it or if he had been listening to the wrong God. God or not nothing can save this film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great premise marred in mediocrity
The teenage daughter of a religious militant seeks to have her baby aborted when it's apparently the spawn of Satan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aodhan C
1.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Night Movie of the week
This movie was awful, and no I'm not saying that for political reasons. This movie was just an hour, because if it were any longer there would be a rash of suicides. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by Cedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter Fans Will Love It
I must say out of both sesaons of Masters Of Horror it was the John Carpenter entries I thought were really outstanding as john gave us 2 very different glimpses of fear with... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Ron Pearlman, Hell Dad
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This movie is a controversial take on abortions, abortion clinics, abortion activism and pro life choice all wrapped up into a... Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Johnny Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even funny bad
This may be THE worst movie I have ever seen. I had expected it to be bad but at least funny...it is not entertaining at all. Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Karen
1.0 out of 5 stars horror expert
this was by the weakest movie ever,99% of all these masters of horror movies suck.This is the god honest truth,boaring as hell weak special effects to much cg weak, lousey bad tast... Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by blow my balls
3.0 out of 5 stars Abortionist Reaped what he Sowed.
(I live in the United States of America and my Freedom of Speech is being violated here on Amazon.com so I will NOT be Selling and/or Buying anything from Amazon.com. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by I Love Yahweh Yeshua Christ!
3.0 out of 5 stars Pro-Life Has its Merits.
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A young girl, Angelique (Caitlin Wachs), who claims to be impregnated by something other worldly, is taken to a nearby abortion clinic. Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by E. Valero
3.0 out of 5 stars Pro-Life is a Killer -- So Bad It's Good Halloween Treat!
John Carpenter's bloody gore-fest involving a girl, Angelique, who is raped by a demon and wants an abortion She happens to run into two people who happen to work at an abortion... Read more
Published on October 18, 2009 by Scotman's Film & Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I was satisfied with the product and the time it took to get to me. :)
Published on November 2, 2008 by Kate the Great
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