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Progeny (1999)

Arnold Vosloo , Jillian McWhirter , Brian Yuzna  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Vosloo, Jillian McWhirter, Brad Dourif, Lindsay Crouse, Wilford Brimley
  • Directors: Brian Yuzna
  • Writers: Aubrey Solomon, Stuart Gordon
  • Producers: Aubrey Solomon, Charles M. Fries, Emmanuel Itier, Henry Seggerman, Jack F. Murphy
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305300739
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Progeny" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director Brian Yuzna, by the producers and by actual Alien abductees
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Trivia games
  • Multi-angle storyboards

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ET in the ER March 11, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I tend to agree with the reviewer who felt the director lost his "direction" somewhere mid-film. I was certainly lost by then and totally confused by the end. It seemed as though he or the author had several "neat" ideas for an ending and used them all! I also wondered what or if a medical authority was consulted for the more technical aspects of of the film; EKG leads, for instance, do not go on the head! And no surgeon worth his salt would ever do major abdominal surgery under general anesthesia without first intubating and venting the patient. What's sad is that there was a germ of a real film here that got left in the dust, namely how does a couple unable to conceive a child they wand so desparately deal with the emotional and marital problems that that can create. I think Mr. Vosloos's acting talents are certainly capable of supporting a more socially weighty film than alien abductions; hope he gets the opportunity to prove it. I give the film 3 stars, like an earlier reviewer, strictly on the basis of that gentleman's presence in the film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Stereotypical Film With a Twist! May 17, 1999
I watched "Progeny" because of the fact that it was written by Stuart Gordon and it was directed by Brian Yuzna - in other words, I was expecting pure gore and nasty violence. I was surprised to discover "Progeny" a bit disappointing in these areas. The storyline of the film was weak in itself - it concerned around the problematic life of a doctor who suddenly found that his wife was pregnant after a weird "alien abduction" experience that they both had while having sex (they never succeeded in making babies before): very typical and X-file-ish. Still, I found Yuzna's directing interesting and the thematic consistency of the main imageries of the film astonishing and I must say that I did enjoy watching the film. If you are expecting a violent horror film typical of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, you might get extremely disappointed, but for those who want to see the beauty of Yuzna's passion for his material, you might be satisfied with some of the imaginative scenes and twisted ending.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Gordon Creates Another Thriller December 31, 2003
Considering that this is by Stuart "Re-Animator" Gordon, it bears a much closer resemblance to Dagon than Re-Animator is atmosphere and style.
A doctor and his wife are trying to have a baby. One night they are interrupted by a bright light and they discover that two hours have gone by. The husband is bothered by this but really freaks out when a bright light flashed in his eyes causes him to space out for a few minutes. His wife is now pregnant.
Hypnosis and seeing a TV spot about alien abduction gets him thinking.
The film progresses nicely as the doctor becomes more and more convinced that there is something wrong with the baby his wife is carrying. One of the great things about this film is that you are kept guessing as to whether he is crazy or not.
This is much more of a psychological thriller than a gore fest, so those looking for the gore may be disappointed (there is a little), but those looking for a film with actual creepiness will find a tasty treat with this one.
One other note, you might notice that the husband is almost always on screen (he does an excellent job).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not usually my cup of tea but thought provoking August 20, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Well, I got to watching this because I enjoyed the gentleman who plays the leading role in his most recent film The Mummy. I can't say I am usually into alien abduction films but this was worth watching as he is a very intellegent actor and it is facinating to watch how he portrayed how his character Craig Burton handles the whole pregnancy/alien thing. A friend who was watching it with me at the time pointed out something I hadn't even thought of. She, who had gone through an unwanted pregnancy herself, said she shared some of the feelings aired in the film and wondered if anyone had seen the film as a metaphorical treatment of what she and other women had been through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good balance of story and special effects. March 31, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Most sci-fi movies out there that are released straight to video are junk to put it nicely. I thought that this would be yet another no brainer, overly lavish special effects, what-were-they-thinking-when-they-made-this movie. WRONG ON ALL COUNTS. The movie uses the special effects to help tell the story (which in itself is quite thought provoking). The movie allows for a good plot and good visual effects to blend. The actors do a convincing job in their respective roles, and the whole premise of the movie draws the viewer in. I liked it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average. November 4, 2001
"Progeny" is one of Horror Meister Yuzna's less gory attempts which includes some fine special effects but a weak plot. The actors do a great job, especially Brad Dourif. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy& The Mummy Returns) is Craig Barton, the surgeon who is sure that his wife Sherry (Jillian McWhirter) has been impregnated by evil aliens. The movie does have a few surprises and carries out an uncanny mood. Recommended for strong horror buffs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Files perfected by Arnold Vosloo! August 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I love those kind of "Hey that Alien got my wife pregnant and I don't want to have to tell my football buddies that it's my kid", plots! It took me forever to finally find a copy a Blockbuster, but It's worth the wait! Don't set yourself on blood and gore, ain't gonna happen. I give The Progeny and Vosloo my five-star approval!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC HORROR/SCI-FI.."
Classic 90's sci-fi horror directed by Brian Yuzna who gave us classic horrors like re-animator 2, beyond re-animator and return of the living dead 3, Progeny is a great movie with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Drury
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This movie was creepy in its own way. It was a nasty, creepy, especially when the alien is raping the doctor's wife. Oops, spoiler.
Arnold Vosloo did a good job acting... Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by Charlotte E. Key
4.0 out of 5 stars alien abduction
A doctor becomes suspcious that his pregnant wife isn't carrying his baby but was knocked up by an alien instead. Surprisingly good for a movie with nobody you ever heard of in it.
Published on August 17, 2007 by Mr. Right
1.0 out of 5 stars a colossal waste of time
What the hell is wrong with all you people! this was the biggest waste of tape i have ever seen. not only did they cheat us out of plot, they cheated us on gore. Read more
Published on June 17, 2004 by "stuuupid"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Better than Re-Animator"
If I could give this film 6 stars, I would. This movie is OUTSTANDING!!! It's from the same guy who directed Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna. Read more
Published on June 13, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Only For Arnold Vosloo
I have to say that I am a latecomer to Vosloo. I recently(YES I KNOW) saw The Mummy and The Mummy Returns on tv and was struck by the Character who played Imhotep. Read more
Published on January 27, 2002 by Miss DTP
3.0 out of 5 stars Only For Arnold Vosloo
I have to say that I am a latecomer to Vosloo. I recently (YES I KNOW) saw The Mummy and The Mummy Returns on tv and was struck by the Character who played Imhotep. Read more
Published on January 23, 2002 by Miss DTP
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than it looks!
This science fiction/horror movie didnt dissapoint me!its better than what the back tells you!i just bought the holographic cover video for this and was surprised,it has all... Read more
Published on September 23, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars HORROR/SCIFI AT ITS BEST!!!THE VOSLOO FAN talks too much
This is a great movie, even for those of us who are smart enough not to believe in little green men from Mars. Read more
Published on October 30, 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird
What was this film?? It started out so good, and then about a third or half way through, everyone started flaking out. Read more
Published on October 19, 1999
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