The Unborn Builds on Exorcism's Jewish Roots
01.05.09 by REELZ
In an interview with SCI FI Wire, filmmaker David Goyer explains how The Unborn is based on an account of an actual 17th-century Jewish exorcism which apparently didn't go so well -- the "patient" died. It did however provide access to a wealth of less familiar legends and lore pre-dating Christian tradition that Goyer remixed to provide a backstory for the horror.
The Book of Mirrors referenced in the movie is an amalgam of Kabbalah books, and Jewish folklore provided the unique concept behind The Unborn, the idea of an evicted soul searching for a new body.
No mention is made however of why the Jewish tradition of exorcism might be so much hotter than the Christian one. That curiously mixed message seems to have been left to the promotional poster.