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Plot Summary:
"After moving to her vineyard to be with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions."

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Review Date: 17 October 2016 My Rating: out of 5


A year after surviving a car accident, Isla Fisher and her hubby Anson Mount are expecting a baby, and have just purchased a vineyard. However, things start to take a sinister turn when Fisher starts having disturbing visions. Her husband is dismissive, her doctor (played by Jim Parsons!) suggests she go back on her anti-depressants that she stopped when finding out she was pregnant. However, these seemingly supernatural visions keep haunting her, and Fisher becomes more and more freaked out. Gillian Jacobs plays another mother-to-be whom Fisher quickly befriends at yoga class, Eva Longoria is Fisherís best friend, and Joanna Cassidy plays a local woman who is, letís say, supernaturally sensitive.

A frankly bizarro cast full of mostly TV actors and a running time of less than 90 minutes are your first warnings that this 2015 domestic horror film from director Kevin Greutert is going to be subpar. Older than a haunted house and not remotely scary, this is pretty tired and tedious stuff. Scripted by Lucas Sussman (whose only other feature screenwriting credit is 2002ís ďBelowĒ, suspiciously enough), if you canít work out who the villain is in this really early, I hope you enjoyed your first movie experience. Everyone else will work it out from the person in questionís first scene. Greutert (who edited the first five ďSawĒ films and directed ďSaw VIĒ) seems to know this thing isnít scary, so he has the soundtrack go bonkers from time to time just to wake you up. Thatís cheap, real cheap and it doesnít even work anyway. Trust me, Iím a wimp when it comes to loud sudden noises, and this film didnít make me flinch even once.

Isla Fisher, although she started out on Australian TV drama, is a much better comedic actress than a dramatic one. Sheís not very convincing here, Iím afraid. Better are Anson Mount as her husband, and especially Gillian Jacobs. Meanwhile, I hope Eva Longoria didnít ask for too high a salary, given sheís hardly in it and does the bare minimum with her screen time. ďStar TrekĒ alum John de Lancie is on screen even less, suggesting there mustíve been quite a bit left on the cutting room floor. As for TVís Sheldon Cooper, Jim Parsons proves to be like Joshua Jackson, Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston before him, in that heís quite frankly not versatile. Thatís what happens when you get so good at playing one character on TV for a long time, itís sometimes the only tool youíve got in your arsenal. This is especially the case when itís one of your first gigs, because youíre often putting something of yourself in the role, at that point in your development as a performer. Iím not saying he plays Fisherís doctor exactly as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but thereís clearly so much of Parsons in Sheldonís mannerisms that seeing some of them repeated here it just shows you that the guy isnít really a versatile actor.

Lousy, clichťd, and completely unfrightening, this one ticks all of the wrong boxes and none of the right ones. With an uninspired cast on top of all that, this one's really not worth your time unless you're seriously undemanding as a viewer. You've seen it before, you've seen it much, much better than this.

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