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Masters of Horror: Pro-Life

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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

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)

Product Details

  • 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:
    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 (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS47K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Pro-Life" on IMDb

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By A. Jones on September 11, 2011
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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 Cigarette Burns and this one, don't forget people that a tv series has a budget that is way below a feature film so I take my hat off to John for how much he had to work with and still coming up with these two crackerjack features.
Pro-Life is a creepy story of a what if kind of situation, an underage girl, the victim of rape, seeks help at an abortion clinic with her Bible toting father in hot pursuit.
Once there the showdown begins as the father thinking he is on some kind of cleansing mission begins his carnage while inside the medical team discover all is not right with the unborn.
I liked this story, I found it creepy, again Well done John Carpenter.
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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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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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The teenage daughter of a religious militant seeks to have her baby aborted when it's apparently the spawn of Satan.

This episode has alot going for it, but for my money, it has even more going against it. Which is a crying shame, because I really do adore the set-up for this story.

Ah well, let's talk about the good first!
As I mentioned, the basic plot and premise of the episode is fantastic. After being impregnated with a demon, a young girl arrives at an abortion clinic, hoping to eliminate the sinister seed before it can be born. Her devout father and obedient brothers thus go on a rampage to save her and the baby, thinking they're doing the will of God. It's a genuinely clever idea and is flowing with delicious irony. While it's about a very charged and controversial topic, it doesn't seem quite as interested in taking sides as previous MoH entry "Homecoming" does, although there is definite commentary on the extremes people will go to for their beliefs. Thankfully, between Ron Perlman's acting and the script, the father character doesn't come off as a belligerent straw-man....for the most part. Whether you agree with his views or not, he seems like a man who genuinely cares for his daughter and his beliefs, though is also very unhinged and merciless. In the hands of another director, writer, or actor, this character could have just been a generic depiction of a violent evangelical pro-lifer; quoting the Bible, in constant righteous fury, and a whole mess of other cliches. The demons that appear towards the end are also great. Some nice practical effects and costumes really make these creatures feel terrifying and real, far more so than if they had been rendered in CGI.
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