Antibirth was written and directed by Danny Perez, and while it falls into the horror genre by default, Danny urged me to think of the film as more than that. My conversation with Danny made it clear that the film is also a social commentary and a wicked funny comedy film to boot. There are multiple facets to this film that take it below the surface, and into the depths of what horror can truly be.
It stars Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, and Meg Tilly and with Perez at the helm, all three of them shine.
Danny's description of the film without giving away any major plot points was pretty on-point
"I would just say it's a visceral fever dream that involves a woman, and she's trying to investigate this biological infection and then we kind of go down this wormhole to a kind of graphic conclusion."
He said that he wanted to delve into and provide a commentary on the "toxicity of consumerism". While he admits he's "no saint" and has his fair share of "vices", that's what this film aims to highlight and does so quite well.
"Something that was consistent throughout the film that I wanted to bring to light is this idea that I don't like but I think is present in our culture is that 'nothing is sacred'. And whether that's an old YMCA in Brooklyn that gets turned into a fucking bar for yuppies, veterans not getting the social services they need, or the crack epidemic in the '80s. I think there's just nothing that's sacred in our world anymore. Everyone kind of bows to the dollar and the bottom line."
He is the first to admit that society is constantly contradicting itself. People are quick to point the finger when someone commits an act or has an opinion that they dislike, but are less quick to judge themselves. We are living in a world where it is every man for himself.
"Not to sound so idealistic or punk rock, but like... gay people can't get married but you have Kim Kardashian getting married 2 or 3 times, Jennifer Lopez gets married 3 or 4 times. And no one says anything about the sanctity of marriage then, but two gay guys who've been together 20 years want to get married it's like... so it's just this backwards kind of perverted logic, it's crazy it's ludicrous."
This film, to me, will be one that I go back and watch years from now and still feel a connection with. It's a product of a creative mind in Perez, and with Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny as the two leads, it works. The trio pulls of gritty horror and makes it fun at the same time. Awesome job to everyone involved!