How Well Do You Remember "The Unborn?"

Torrance Grey

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About This Quiz

This 2009 thriller took a Jewish slant on the classic exorcism movie and disturbed audiences everywhere! Now, test your knowledge of this late-2000s horror movie with our quiz!

What is the name of the movie's heroine?

Casey was played by actress Odette Yustman (now Odette Annable). If she looked familiar, it might have been from "House, M.D." -- she scrubbed in on the show's final season.

What is Casey doing when the movie opens?

Casey has a dream in which she is running through a city park. In classic horror movie style, though, we don't realize it's a dream until things turn really weird.

Which of these things does Casey NOT see in her dream?

Casey finds a dropped glove, sees the boy with blue eyes wearing only one glove, and then sees a frightening dog where the boy was just standing a moment earlier. For good measure, she then goes off the trail and finds a fetus gestating in shallow dirt, like a seed. Okay, we're *sure* at this point we're in dream territory!

What does Casey's friend Romy say that dogs represent in dreams?

Romy also explains that images of a baby can represent change. If the baby is unfamiliar to the dreamer, it means there's something "inside you, that's not ready to be born."

What is the little boy, Matty, doing upstairs?

Casey hears Matty whispering "Some people are doorways" over the baby monitor. When she goes upstairs, she sees him hovering over the crib with a hand mirror.

What does Matty say just before he attacks Casey?

The name of the movie is "The Unborn," so this shouldn't surprise anyone. Besides, Casey only just dreamed about finding an unborn baby in the park.

What does Casey find at the end of the Newtons's driveway?

This item doesn't have much relevance to the story. It's mostly symbolic: Gloves come in pairs, like twins, and the glove is blue, which is a key color in the film.

What comes out of the egg that Casey cracks into a pan?

Well, we *think* it's a cockroach. Whatever it was, Casey made the right call scraping it directly into the sink.

Where does Casey hear knocking coming from?

Mirrors, like windows and eyes, are important in "The Unborn." That seems to be the reason Casey hears the knocking coming from her mirrored medicine cabinet and not elsewhere. (Well, that and the excuse to show her standing in her underwear in front of it).

Who is Mark?

Mark, played by Cam Gigandet, is also the film's token skeptic. Romy believes in all kinds of superstitions.

What happens to Casey's eye?

Romy notices this when they are in a locker room together. Blue eyes are an important motif in the film, for a reason that will be explained later.

What does Casey learn from the change to her eye?

The eye doctor tells Casey that she has harmless "genetic mosaicism," meaning she picked up genetic material from a twin in the womb. She confronts her father, who tells her that her twin strangled on Casey's umbilical cord before birth.

What was the nickname Casey's parents gave her brother?

Of course, we've already guessed this, because of what Matty said in the babysitting scene: "Jumby wants to be born now."

How did Casey's mother die?

Casey's mother killed herself in a mental hospital where she was being treated for depression. Of course, there was more than simple depression involved, as Casey is finding out.

What is written on the bathroom stall where Casey throws up?

Again, eye imagery! The writer has also drawn a picture of an eye, with an actual hole for the pupil. (That took initiative!)

Who is Sofi Kozma?

Casey's mother learned who her birth mother was just before her suicide. Casey learns Sofi's name from a newspaper cliipping, but doesn't learn about the family connection until a little later.

What does Romy suggest Casey do to ward off evil spirits?

Romy credits this piece of advice as coming from her grandmother. Oh good: For a minute we thought it was in Scientific American.

What was the name of Sofi's twin brother?

Barto died in Auschwitz as the result of experiments the Nazis were conducting on twins. Sadly (this probably isn't news to you), the Third Reich actually was preoccupied with genetics and did experiments on Jewish prisoners.

What were the Nazis trying to do to Barto?

It goes without saying that the blue-eyes project fits in with the Nazis' obsession with Aryan bloodlines and features -- chiefly, blond hair and blue eyes.

What specifically does Sofi say possessed her brother?

A dybbuk is a soul that has been barred from heaven and wanders the earth looking for a body to possess. A golem is also from Jewish tradition, but this is a man made from clay that is given life, in order to serve or protect its creator.

Who killed Barto when he was possessed by the dybbuk?

It was apparent from her first appearance that Casey's grandmother had steel in her spine. This just proves it.

What is the name of the rabbi whom Casey consults?

Sendak is skeptical of Casey's claim of being haunted by a dybbuk. But he does agree to translate the book for her, as she tells him her life may depend on it.

Who played Rabbi Sendak?

Oldman is a chameleon of an actor. Well-known for showy roles in "True Romance," "The Professional" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula," he's hard to recognize here as a mild-mannered religious man.

In what language is the Book of Mirrors written?

"The Unborn" didn't get high marks from critics for its originality, but a Jewish exorcism movie does make a nice break from all the Catholic ones, with Latin inscriptions and Roman-collared priests.

What does Sofi say is a sign of the dybbuk being near?

Casey takes her grandmother's advice and hangs wind chimes around the house. Seems like it could get confusing on a windy day, though.

What other phenomenon occurs when the spirit is near?

This isn't the most original plot point ever for a horror movie. Still, it requires characters to stumble around in the dark, and that's probably the point.

What does Sendak see in the sanctuary of his synagogue?

Sendak has already seen pictures of animals with upside-down heads in the Book of Mirrors. He tells the dog/demon to "Get out of this place" and it does.

What message does Matty give to Romy?

This might remind you of the little boy in "The Ring" saying "You weren't supposed to help her!" At any rate, Romy isn't impressed. Her response in unprintable here, but funny.

What happened just before Matty gave the message to Romy?

Remarkably, there's not a scratch on Matty afterward. This, combined with the creepy message, leads Romy to say, "There's something seriously wrong with that kid." We've *been* knowing that, Romy!

Who played the Episcopalian minister, Arthur?

Yes, Idris Elba, a man short-listed to play James Bond, had a small role in "The Unborn." We haven't been this surprised since Faye Dunaway turned up in "The Bye Bye Man."

Why, according to Arthur, is an Episcopal priest going to be useful in a Jewish exorcism?

Arthur tells Casey that demons are older than religion, and probably older than mankind. This is why most faiths have similar exorcism rites, and demons aren't vulnerable to just one kind.

Where does the group decide to perform the exorcism?

They have to do the exorcism there because, Sendak says, they need a location that is "particularly negative" for Casey. (This seems like a thinly-veiled excuse to get the characters into the most disturbing location possible -- but, okay).

Which of the following characters survives the movie?

The rabbi lives to finish the exorcism, which *seems* to be successful. The dybbuk succeeds in killing Casey's grandmother, best friend and boyfriend, though -- a pretty high toll.

What news does Casey get at the end of the film?

This is the answer to the question of why the dybbuk targeted Casey at the time that it did. Was the exorcism successful? Are Casey's babies at risk? The movie leaves these questions open.

Who played Casey's friend Romy?

Good is a horror-movie veteran. She's also appeared in "Venom," "Saw V" and "One Missed Call."

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