Danish horror has childless couple Kasper (Peter Christoffersen) and Louis (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) asking their Romanian housekeeper Elena (Cosmina Stratan) to be a surrogate mother for their child. Elena agrees, but then strange things start to happen, the child develops unnaturally fast and once baby Shelley is born, it’s obvious this is no normal child.
Directed by Ali Abbasi from a script by he and Maren Louise Käehne, this is an OK but fairly uneventful bad seed movie. There is some atmosphere and a few spooky scenes, but it is rather too sedate to be really scary. It’s a familiar story and we never get any real explanation for why Shelley is more Hell spawn than Heaven sent. A little too vague and familiar for it’s own good.