Of all the new horror releases coming in Fall 2016, Antibirth kind of creeped up on us. We were looking ahead to Blair Witch and 31 and all manner of new horror movies, so we skimmed right past this one. With all of the bloody good stuff coming out in the heat of this season, it wasn’t a difficult thing to do.
Anyway, I kind of stumbled into this one based on a few articles I read about upcoming horror movies, just doing some research for upcoming podcast episodes. I saw the cast — Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly — and thought it would be a good fit for us.
Plus, there was the potential for pregnancy jokes. We had to do this movie.
Overall, Antibirth falls into the tradition of other preggers movies, like Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, The Exorcist, and newer flicks, like Hell Baby and Bad Milo, among others. Except it has a twist: the main character doesn’t really give a shit that she’s pregnant. She continues to take huge bong rips and smoke cigarettes like she was in a 28 day program, and it doesn’t seem to have any sort of effect on the movie.
Still, we managed to squeeze this one in during what is going to be a competitive Fall for horror movies, and yet we managed to spend half the episode talking about how Lona can only take pills with a veritable fuck-ton of applesauce.
It was an episode full of awkward silences related to gender stereotypes, pregnancy, folic acid, and what to do when you’re carrying a science fiction baby. If you think we couldn’t get any grosser than we already are, then you haven’t heard this episode. Check it out.
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