The Unborn

What is a Dybbuk?

Reviewed by: Alicia Glass
Published on: March 9, 2022 (URL is not
Available on: Amazon Prime Video
Content release date: 2009-01-09

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Review Rating: 6.5

Casey Beldon is a young woman being haunted by the ghost of her twin brother who died in utero.

Okay, so. The haunting by the ghost of the long-lost twin, it’s been done. And redone, as far as I know. However, this movie does actually have a unique thing or two going for it. And to give my review something kind to say, I’m going to throw in a few spoilers, the unique points, that actually made the movie watch-able. Barely.

There are plenty of horror movies out there today that deal with dark magics. Fine right? Not many of them deal with the Kabbalah, or Jewish occult and mysticism. And I haven’t heard of anyone basing a movie around the dark side of the Kabbalah for a long time. So! Casey is being haunted, yes. But where she was a twin, so was her mother, and her mothers mother. And it turns out, her mothers mother and her twin brother were in a concentration camp during WWII, where the Nazis did all sorts of occult type experiments on twins, that led to the possession of the twin brother by an evil spirit called a ‘Dybbuk’. And this evil spirit is now hunting Casey’s family for any way to make its way into an actual body and into our world.

Yes, the movie has Gary Oldman as Rabbi Sendak, the man who agrees to help perform the Jewish version of an exorcism on Casey. That’s pretty much the only other good this movie has to offer. Everything else is pretty standard, especially if you happen to be a horror movie fan – seen it before, la la. There are a few choice moments where the movie appears to take a page from The Grudge, and a person or animal in a totally contorted position with their head on backwards goes chasing the protagonists, but once again, it’s been done. Even the ending, if you pay attention, is totally predictable.

A good horror movie to cut your teeth on if you’re just starting horror fandom, otherwise, meh.