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Friday, 22 May 2009

The Unborn

On a more serious horror movie (as serious as they get) I did see the trailer for the Unborn, which besides totally freaking me out (and it's ONLY the trailer) it does have historical ideas behind it. I am always frightened by these movies but I have a morbid curiosity.

Anyway, the main character's eyes begin to change after she is hit by a mirror. The technical term for this transformation is Heterochromia.
"Difference in colour of the two irides or of different parts of the same iris. It is usually congenital but some cases are associated with some eye diseases such as cataract, corneal precipitates, glaucoma, iridocyclitis, iris melanoma or as a result of siderosis."

The doctor tells the girl that this sometimes occurs in twins. She confronts her father who says that her twin brother died in utero. Anyway, Casey (the protagonist) talks to a woman called Sophie (who turns out to be her grandmother) who was in a Nazi camp. There she claims that there extensive experiments performed on her and her brother. Unfotunately, the brother died, but was brought back to life by a dybbuk. Sophie was forced to kill him and now the dybbuk haunts their family. They talk about the doctor at Auschwitz called Josef Mengele, who was a real SS officer.

With further research, I found out Mengele was a criminal who is attributed with 400,000 deaths at Auschwitz (Reference). He was known as the Angel of Death because he was a good looking man who was very charismatic. What really freaked me out was that he was particularly interested in identical twins. Me being one, I wasn't too comfortable with that notion. He also liked people with abnormalities ie. dwarfism. He was cruel and had a dark sense of humor which was disgusting.

"The Angel of Death fed his legend by dramatizing murderous policies, such as his drawing a line on the wall of the children's block between 150 and 156 centimeters (about 5 feet or 5 feet 2 inches) from the floor.Then sending those whose heads could not reach the line to the gas chamber ... (Lifton, p. 346.)" Reference

There is a report when he got 14 pairs of gypsy twins and injected chloroform directly into their hearts, instantly killing them so he could perform autopsies on them. When I read this from a source I swear I felt sick to my stomach.

"Mengele injected chemicals into the eyes of children in an attempt to change their eye color. He experimented both physical and psychological; experimental surgeries performed without anesthesia, transfusions of blood from one twin to another, isolation endurance, reaction to various stimuli. He made injections with lethal germs, sex change operations, the removal of organs and limbs, incestuous impregnations." Reference

It is estimated that about 3000 twins were experimented on and only a handful survived. It seems that one of his most important assignments was to try and change the eye colour of the children he experimented on my injecting various chemicals into their eyes. The whole this is incredibly disturbing. This is probably why the demon boy in the Unborn has neon blue eyes. Also the protagonist and her family are Jewish, just as the persecuted Jews were at Auschwitz.

After Hitler's reign over Germany finished, Mengele evaded police for 35 years. He was dead by the time they caught up with him. Even his family didn't want his body back. I can't believe such sick people exist.

Source: Victims of Mengele: http://www.auschwitz.dk/mengele/id17.htm

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