In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, and Meg Tilly
Directed and written by: Danny Perez
The story in "Antibirth" centers around Lou (Natasha Lyonne), who's one hell of a party girl. If she can drink it, she’ll drink it. If she can smoke it, she’ll smoke it. She’s truly down for anything, and apparently that’s what she got. After a night of parting with her friend, Sadie (Chloe Savigny), she starts feeling sick, the kind of sick feeling a woman gets when she might be pregnant.
She’s absolutely sure she didn’t sleep with anyone, so she’s confused at why she’s pregnant. However, this doesn’t stop her from drinking and smoking. It probably makes her do it more. Her stomach is rapidly growing, and all kinds of weird things start happening to her body. She so happens to run into a woman named Lorna (Meg Tilly), who convinces her to look into the strange events around her pregnancy. It turns out that Sadie’s boyfriend, who’s gotten deep into the world of drugs, injected an experimental drug in her.
As mentioned, the audience is subjected to watching Lou do a lot drinking and smoking. In some of the scenes, they inject a lot of colors, spin the camera, and take Lou to strange places in her hallucinations. They do a decent job of making the audience feel like they’re tripping out like Lou. If anyone in the audience is really drinking or on drugs, they might enjoy this as much as Lou!
Really, the audience is just waiting to see what she gives birth to. Lets just say it’s not a boy, and not a girl! It’s probably one of the weirdest birth scenes around. Weird doesn’t mean good in this case because it makes little sense other than just to try to make a shocking ending. And end it does, as the movie doesn’t go any further displaying how pointless this all is.
“Antibirth” is certainly one of those movies that’s made for a specific audience. On the surface, it seems like it’s for horror fans, but it’s really for an audience more specific than that. Maybe one that likes scenes that make them feel like they’re drinking, parting, and having a good old time. The only good thing about it is the performance by Natasha Lyonne. Other than that, it might make audiences wish they were on drugs while watching it. Sober as can be, I give it .5 pools of blood.
*“Antibirth” was shown at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival