Coming Distractions: A fetus orders its mother to kill in the trailer for horror-comedy Prevenge

From the days of Rosemary’s Baby and It’s Alive, pregnancy and birth have long been, let’s say, fertile topics for horror movies. But writer-director-star Alice Lowe, who previously co-wrote and acted in Ben Wheatley’s 2012 film Sightseers, takes prenatal terror in a new direction with Prevenge, in which an unborn child bids its expectant mother to commit a string of murders. Lowe plays Ruth, a grieving widow who believes that her unborn child is speaking to her in a voice she describes as “very articulate” and sounds like a precocious little girl with a highly developed vicious streak. “Children these days are very spoiled,” she muses. “It’s like ‘Mummy, I want a PlayStation!’ ‘Mummy, I want you to kill that man!’” Unfortunately for Ruth, What To Expect When You’re Expecting never said anything about what to do in this particular situation.

The horror-comedy, which …

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