Cynthia (2018) Review

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Cynthia (2018) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on November 11th, 2018 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Creature, Pregnancy

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It’s about a couple who desperately try to get pregnant, finally do, but get more than they bargained for in the form of a homicidal mutant twin.

The cast of Cynthia are all horror veterans. In addition to Bill Moseley ( House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell and 17 other movies here at All Horror) we have Sid Haig ( Captain Spaulding himself and star of a dozen movies here including Blood Bath from '66, Death House and Dark Moon Rising), Scout Taylor-Compton (from several horrors including both Halloween reboots, Feral, Ghost House and the April Fool's Day reboot), Robert LaSardo (from Anarchy Parlor, Autopsy and The Human Centipede 3), James Karen (from Return of the Living Dead, Girlfriend from Hell and The Unborn) and writer/producer Robert Rhine ( Rob Zombie's 31, Parasites, The Chair and  Girls & Corpses magazine).

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Cynthia Review

I've seen a lot of monster baby movies and generally like them once they get past the first 20 minutes of overly cliche pregnancy scenes. You know what I'm talking about. Sweet loving wife gets pregnant and quickly becomes a bipolar mess who binge eats while slopping around in sweat pants complaining about how unattractive she is until she finally gives birth in the most dramatic way possible. Afterward, she immediately reverts back to the sweet gentle soul we first met only with an added mama bear element. Pretty much every monster baby movie starts like this (except for maybe Hell Baby which goes the complete opposite direction).

Cynthia follows this same template, which is fine, because it quickly grabbed my attention by sprinkling in some truly creative dark comedy that let me know this wasn't your average everyday preggo horror. A cameo from Bill Moseley as a hyper-aggressive homeless cross-dresser was one of the first signs that I was in for a wild ride.

The movie is polished, well-edited, features some great tracking shots and sports some golden dialog. It was a little weird watching Sid Haig playing a cop, but I got used to it after awhile. Cynthia reminded me a lot of It's Alive and at times of Basket Case.

The story follows our young couple as they cope with being new parents as people all around them start dropping dead. Cynthia herself is an unexpected, highly deformed, twin who fights to survive by killing and eating any poor bastard within reach. Robin, our sweet mama bear, warms up to her surprisingly fast and will do anything to protect her.

Overall, Cynthia is a fun watch for people who can appreciate dark, sometimes juvenile, humor (Cynthia is constantly farting and burping while making cute baby sounds). The quality of the practical effects also add to the fun vibe of this film.

There were a few things that pulled me out of the movie such as overly cliche, and mostly unlikable, characters. I loved the cast, just not all of the characters they were playing. There were also some implausibilities and plot holes that seemed to be used just to keep the story moving.

Ultimately, however, the entertainment value of Cynthia was high and I did enjoy sitting down for this one. There were a number of memorable scenes that I'm sure I'll be referencing from time to time in future reviews.

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