Six Films Pregnant Women Should Never, Ever Watch
Pregnancy can be one of the most emotional life experiences for a woman, so it's probably not the best time for an expecting mom to watch some gory horror flick -- especially one involving traumatic childbirth scenes or potentially demonic fetuses.
The demonic zombie baby from Peter Jackson's Dead Alive
The debate of whether or not to watch gnarly horror flicks while pregnant is a familiar one for local cult film guru Andrea Beesley, who's both a longtime horror movie buff and an expectant mother.
The "Midnite Movie Mamacita" and fiancé Jeremiah Wilkerson are less than six weeks away from becoming parents, and she has a few words of movie wisdom to share with moms-to-be.
Beesley's spent plenty of time watching horror movies, and is getting ready to launch her new online horror film series, The Dr. Diabolic Show, where she and Wilkerson will recreate the b-movie programs that used to dominate UHF TV stations of yesteryear and show throwback slasher flicks on the Web.
6. Prometheus (2012)
Ridley Scott's quasi-prequel to Alien involves a plotline where (spoiler alert) protagonist Elizabeth Shaw somehow becomes impregnated with an otherworldly offspring and attempts to remove it, which Beesley describes as a "disturbing" scene to watch.
"She has this alien fetus inside her that kinda looks like an octopus or squid or something and has to abort it herself with the aid of a highly advanced robotic machine," she says. "It's quite ridiculous and over-the-top and traumatic. She gets all stapled up and has to kick ass after aborting this creature."
5. Dead Alive (1992)
Braindead clip 'Baby Kitchen' by Horrorant
Peter Jackson's comical cult horror flick (released in his native New Zealand as Braindead) has been described as "one of the goriest films of all time." There's plenty of slapstick action to go along with the blood and guts, including the hijinks of a zombie infant running amok.
"Its like this demon thing that causes all this chaos," Beesley describes. "The heroine tries killing it with a blender but it flies out the window and hits some guy in the nuts. In the ending, the hero also gets sucked into the womb of his mother, who's become a huge zombie, and he has to break out her uterus." Needless to say, its a nutty film, which Beesley says isn't for everyone. "Its kind of hilarious and I can't be scared by that at all, but others might find it a bit too much."
4. Inside (2007)
While Beesley hasn't seen this French horror film, after watching the trailer and hearing about it from friends, she's pretty certain that it's something that most expectant mothers wouldn't want to see.
"I've just heard about how disturbing it is. Like, its really quite graphic. I remember seeing the trailer with these really sharp, pointy scissors," she says. "It's basically about a demented person chasing after a lady who is pregnant and wanting to cut out her fetus and take her baby."