After hoping and praying craig and sherry burtons dream of having a baby just came true. But its nothing like they expected. Because the baby is definitely not of this world. Featuring the worst craig teams up with alien a... more »bduction expert bert clavell to unravel the truth. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 03/30/1999 Starring: Arnold Vosloo Brad Dourif Run time: 95 minutes Director: Brian Yuzna« less
Atheen M. Wilson | Mpls, MN United States | 03/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Stuart Gordon Creates Another Thriller
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 12/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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)."
A Stereotypical Film With a Twist!
Aizam Awang (Asegamss@Hotmail.com) | Stockton, CA | 05/17/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
"Better than Re-Animator"
Joshua Koppel | 06/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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. A married couple happily await the arrival of their first child, but little do they know the nightmare that awaits... Great special FX, interesting plot, & A++ acting. This film has been one of the most slept on horror movies in the past couple of decades. It's a classic, up their with "The Exorcist," "American Werewolf in London," & "Dawn of the Dead." If you don't have this movie already, GET IT!! It will be OOP very soon."
alamsami | 11/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
""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."