The Lullaby (2018) Review

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“She was doomed from the beginning”. Chloe Van Heerden played by Reine Swart

Motherhood has never been so hard in this South African horror film. The Lullaby stars Reine Swart as Chloe, a new mother who has her first child and moves back to her home town along with her mother. Chloe immediately falls under a depression and has more to handle than just a crying baby and the lack of sleep. An estranged relationship with her mother and a ghostly woman in a black dress she believes is haunting her and trying to take her baby. Is the menacing ghost really after her child or is this all part of Chloe’s postpartum depression getting the best of her?

From Uncork’d Entertainment, this paranormal horror film directed by Darrell Roodt (Dangerous Ground, Dracula 3000) and written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo offers more than just the typical jump scares and creepy imagery. You also get a front row seat to the struggles of having your first child. Postpartum depression is very real and can make you do and say some strange things. Swart provided that very well in her acting as her character is struggling with having horrible dreams of hurting her baby, at the same time, protecting her baby from unknown forces.

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