Carpenter’s second contribution to Masters of Horror is a bit more mixed. For one thing, it makes They Live look subtle and nuanced in it’s politics. Pro-Life is, unsurprisingly, a horror movie centered around abortion.
Angelique is a young pregnant woman seeking an abortion. She comes from a religious family that protests abortion clinics and uses violent methods. She arrives at a clinic, but soon her father and brothers show up to stop the abortion. But Angelique has no ordinary child growing in her. The father is not human…as her father and brother terrorize the clinic, she gives birth to a horrific beast that is already deadly.
And that is before daddy shows up.
Pro-Life is a dealing with a sensitive topic, and it handles it with all the care of a sledge hammer. The father and brothers commit a vicious murder, and although there have indeed been doctors killed by pro-life activists, this is flat out standard horror movie death.
The visual effects are quite good, the monster(s) is effective. The cast is good, especially Ron Perlman as the frightening Dwayne Burcell. But it these things do not make the film less distasteful. It is a pro-choice screed and not a very effective one at that. In the end, it is one of Carpenter’s lesser efforts.