Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Childbirth can be a beautiful experience as mothers feel their children’s first embrace. However, childbirth can also be very painful. The experience can live many mothers scared. Parents may also feel a diminished spirit after a traumatizing birth. Paranoia can make anyone feel crazy. The lines between reality and illusion begin to blur and even something as innocent as a “Lullaby” can feel like a cut through your soul.
“Lullaby” follows the life of a mother after giving birth to her first child. The birth is painful and bloody. The mother and child both survive the grueling experience, but the mother is left weakened. Chloe, the mother, is left feeling broken and diminished after the birth. She feels guilt from the painful experience and becomes paranoid after her depression sets in. This leads to Chloe hearing voices and this is where the film forms.
“Lullaby” is a horror film filled with pain. Gore is a constant theme and pain affects all the characters. Chloe is deeply affected by the voices she hears and endures endlessly trauma throughout the film. The pain Chloe experiences drive her crazy as the film gets closer to it’s bloody finish. Chloe must fight off the spirits and demons in her life to ensure her survival and the survival of her child. Chloe will fight and giving up isn’t an option as pain conquers her life.
I thought this film was good. It’s an horror film so the blood and evil was expected. It’s very dark and gets creepy at times. The drama is constant and served up with a fresh batch of gore. The horror is real as the demons begin to reveal their faces to Chloe. That’s when I felt the voices she was hearing became real. Only then do we see Chloe truly regain control of her life.
Overall I liked this film. I think horror lovers will enjoy this film. The gore is definitely prevalent. The suspense, action and drama is also there. Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in this Darrell James Roodt film. It opens in theaters across the U.S and will also be available on VOD starting March 2, 2018.