Progeny (1998)

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Ahhhhh, Brian Yuzna. Never a true master of horror but always providing me with genre fun and this movie is no different.

Arnold “The Mummy” Vosloo becomes convinced that his wife (Jill McWhirter) is pregnant with an alien child after one of their bedroom sessions is strangely interrupted and time is lost to both of them. As events unfold we end up doubting Vosloo, becoming suspicious of many other characters and, eventually, deciding whether we are witnessing a lone alien fighter or a man having a nervous breakdown. All up to the last scenes that remove the ambiguity from the film.

This movie has some good gore, a decent script although it gets a bit laughable in places and mostly decent acting. It’s always good to see Brad Dourif in a horror movie, he’s an established genre favourite. In fact, he’s not the only favourite here as fans of The Thing will surely enjoy seeing the great Wilford Brimley getting some screentime too.

Stuart Gordon and Aubrey Solomon created the story and it touches on a lot of alien abduction moments that have been seen before, as others have already said (somewhere) things play out like a cross between “The X-Files” and some DTV movie, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth giving a watch. Yuzna fans should find enough here to keep them happy, as I did, but it’s not up there with his best schlocky goodness.

DIRECTOR: BRIAN YUZNA
CAST: ARNOLD VOSLOO, JILL MCWHIRTER, LINDSAY CROUSE, BRAD DOURIF, WILFORD BRIMLEY
RUNTIME: 95 MINS APPROX
COUNTRY: USA

Film Rating: ★★★☆☆

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