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3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Hollywood legend JOAN COLLINS teams up with cult stars DONALD PLEASENCE and CAROLINE MUNRO in this terrifying tale of a demonic baby! Lucy (Collins, DYNASTY, LAND OF THE PHAROAHS) is a former dancer, having moved up in the world via marriage to the wealthy Gino Carlesi (Ralph Bates, HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA), and now comfortably settled down. Lucy is expecting and when the time comes, she goes to the hospital to give birth to the baby. The new-born infant is no ordinary baby, either, as it slashes Lucy upon leaving the womb.

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  • Actors: Joan Collins, Caroline Munro, Donald Pleasence, Eileen Atkins, John Steiner
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Scorpion
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055HK77O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film from 1975 known under a number of titles such as "The Monster", "I Don't Want To Be Born" and in its US release the more interesting "The Devil Within Her" always seems to raise feverish opinions among viewers ranging from it being a complete piece of cinematic junk, an awful camp classic rip off of "The Omen" and "Rosemary's Baby" that is not to be missed, right through to it being an interesting film from the then popular "Demon Baby" genre that flourished in the early 1970's. I personally love this film despite being well aware of all its very obvious short comings. Accused of being a pale imitation (of sorts) of the earlier mentioned horror classics I personally feel the film explores another angle on the demonic child idea with some admittedly unintentional laughs along the way. Filled as it is with horny curse delivering dwarfs, strippers, determined nuns and Ralph Bates struggling with an extremely uneven Italian accent (why did they have to make him and his sister Italian in the story?) the film perhaps for the wrong reasons will definitely stay in your mind after a viewing.

"The Devil Within Her" was produced around 1975 in the dying days of the great British companies such as Hammer and Amicus and in some respects this film does resemble the later products of those legendary film companies. Despite the often bizarre storyline elements the film does however have some very strong points to it. A terrific cast is headed by Joan Collins who really does give her all to her role as Lucy, the mother who becomes scared of her own child when it begins to display an extremely nasty side to its character behind the innocent facade. Joan once again proves what a good actress she can be even when dealing with slight material.
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Minor horror film (a.k.a. I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN) with touches of ROSEMARY'S BABY and IT'S ALIVE. It moves at a quick pace, but offers nothing new to the the horror genre. Not bad, but not very good either.
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This movie is known as 'Sharon's Baby', aka 'The Monster: I Don't Want to Be Born', and aka 'Devil Within Her'. Starring Joan Collins, Ralph Bates, Donald Pleasence and Eileen Atkins. Lucy Carlesi is played by Joan Collins. Lucy's baby is somehow possessed by the dwarf Hercules (George Claydon) that she once worked with. (The lead character is LUCY not Sharon... so why is this film aka 'Sharon's Baby'? Maybe they changed her name from Sharon to Lucy??? At any rate, the film is fairly interesting even though a bit corny.)

I liked this film better than I anticipated - I knew it was going to be a bit on the corny side (and it is) but not so cornball that I couldn't enjoy it. The movie grabbed me from the start - I had to suspend my beliefs in order to watch this movie but that is true with quite a few movies.

This movie is NOT the quality of Rosemary's Baby but it is entertaining.... kept me interested from start to finish. :D

6.5/10
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The film is ok.Not A classic but is watchable especially since it has good actors Ralf Bates and Donald plesence in it. I noticed a couple of small sound dropouts during the film.I was able to try a second copy it also had the dropouts.Probably not a glitch just in the sound elements used for the disc.
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The only REAL reason to watch this film is for the kick ass clothes Joan Collins wears throughout the whole thing. She was awesome to look at. They did make that dwarf a little too creepy. It's all about her cool hair, clothes, and great home decor.
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In THE DEVIL WITHIN HER, an exotic dancer named Lucy (Joan Collins) is cursed by an eeevil dwarf named Hercules, who puts the moves on her. She spurns his advances, so Hercules puts the hoodoo on Lucy, causing her to give birth to a huge, incredibly strong baby. This is cheeeze in its purest, most hilarious form! Attempting to cash in on the "devil trend", started by ROSEMARY'S BABY, and turned into a full-blown phenomenon by THE EXORCIST, THE DEVIL WITHIN HER fumbles every opportunity to be the least bit frightening. Thankfully, these miscues result in one of the funniest movies I've seen in quite a while! From the totally non-threatening baby himself, to the nun who only wears one, unchanging expression of angry disgust; the characters are a hoot! Let's not forget the goofy strippers, or Hercules, whose best scene is his death-by-nun during the silly finale! Up until then, we only see him in the baby's crib (!!) whenever Lucy hallucinates! Donald Pleasence seems stunned throughout as the all-too serious Dr. Finch. Yes, we do see Ms. Collins naked, for a few nano-seconds, during what must be one of the most horribly filmed love scenes in any movie! Enjoy...
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Joan is just wonderful. It's more watchable than expected. The baby is in your face evil- no sinister suspicions. He is evil right away. Donald Pleasance is a comforting presence for the audience, if not for hysterical Joan...
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I think that the best part of this movie is that is was made completely straight. It's like no one involved was aware of how ridiculous the whole story is. It seems that back in the early to mid '70s, the trend for horror films was demonic possession. In this film, you have Lucy (Joan Collins) who has just given birth. Prior to her marriage and pregnancy, she had been some sort of dancer. I'm not quite clear if she was a stripper. I say this because while other dancers who worked for the same employer were clearly strippers, Joan is clothed and does a routine with a dwarf named Hercules in the one dance we see her do. Anyhow, after her last performance, Hercules decides to get all touchy-feely with Lucy but she's not interested. Instead, she beds Tommy, the club's manager. As she and Tommy leave the club, Hercules curses Lucy and says she will have baby who will be possessed by the devil. So, ok, you've got the set up. The baby is born, he grows rapidly (I guess...he didn't seem that big to me) and then starts to kills just about everyone who gets near him. Oh yeah, Lucy is married to Gino, whose sister, Albana, is an actual Catholic sister. There are all sorts of unanswered questions, some of which the movie proposes and some of which a viewer might have. For example, sometimes Lucy looks at the baby and sees Hercules, so...is Hercules demonic? Is it Lucy's imagination? Does the baby turn into Hercules when he kills people? How does Hercules have the power to curse or possess a baby? See, eventually, Albana attempts an exorcism, which has an affect on Hercules, but between his curse and the exorcism, Hercules is largely absent from the film, except when Lucy looks at the baby and sees his face. So, is Hercules a demon himself, or is he engaged in some kind of witchcraft?Read more ›
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