The plot as it played out: Three pregnant women wake up imprisoned in a hospital. Their only other contact is with their jailor – a mystery man played by Robert Loggia who occasionally appears on video to answer the women’s questions and explain the consequences of their disobedience – and an obstetrician, actress Blanche Baker as Dr. Victoria Wise, who will deliver the captive women’s babies whether or not their pro-choice views are changed.
The captive women are clothed in nightgowns and served warm milk and given opportunities to read books and watch movies explaining both sides of the abortion debate. Among the films is Del Vecchio’s own 2009 feature, O.B.A.M. Nude, a satire of the Obama presidency.
As Dr. Wise explains it, “we’ll have an abortion think tank over the next seven months.”
The pregnant women are often tortured by dreams of death and despair – montages of swarming bees, swirling tornadoes and speeches by Hitler one night, African-Americans and foreigners shouting “abort me” in foreign tongues the next – while Dr. Wise experiences flashbacks to the dissolution of her marriage which fell apart when she learned she couldn’t bear children. Her parents cursed her for not taking better care of her body, a poor diet, too much work, while her husband – The Karate Kid’s bad sensei Martin Kove – divorces her, leaving her for a woman capable of having his children, a moment that pushes Dr. Wise to desperate measures.
Finally two of the three women come to accept human life exists inside them and less anxiously anticipate giving birth. But Staci still refuses to accept that the life inside her is anything more than a fetus. In her third trimester she attempts to injure herself and miscarry. It has unintended consequences.
All three women deliver and finally the first of the plot’s twists are revealed. Staci, most opposed to pregnancy, is blessed with two children – twins – while her fellow captives only give birth to one baby each.
Later, Staci wakes up. The two new mothers are no longer captives, they’ve presumably ascended to heaven with their babies. It’s revealed all along the women had been in Purgatory, after having died on the operating table of abortion clinics. But because Staci attempted to miscarry even after a second chance at motherhood, and because she never accepted the error of her ways until she experienced the physical joy of giving birth, of seeing her children for the first time, she will be doomed to eternity in Hell.
Loggia is Satan and he informs Staci she will spend all eternity in a cycle of pregnancy and childbirth and Dr. Wise will forever be her doctor, as the movie’s final twist plays out: Wise too will spend eternity in Hell. She was so weak she committed suicide when her marriage collapsed and must suffer the fate of forever bringing life into the world, endlessly having to appreciate what she did not value on Earth.
“It was not a dramatic turn,” Del Vecchio explained yesterday of the film’s final moments – the triple-birth scene scored to a swelling crescendo which drowns out the revelation that Staci has given birth to twins along with the revelation of the doctor’s suicide – all obscured by sound and editing issues director Rod Weber was still working to smooth out through the night. Del Vecchio explained The Life Zone is simply the classic straightforward story with a twist.
“It’s like the Twilight Zone. Life, like pro-life; zone, like the Twilight Zone. And if you’ve seen Twilight Zone episodes, it punches you in the face in the end,” Del Vecchio added, though he was quick to note he still felt the film’s presentation of the issues was balanced. “I think the audience will walk away not knowing what the filmmaker’s position is, it gives both sides of the coin.”
FROM THE PRODUCER:
PRO-LIFER Kenneth Del Vecchio is Acclaimed Filmmaker. Bestselling Author, Film Fest Chairman…and former Judge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Teaneck, NJ) On June 4 at 4pm, New Jersey Republican State Senate candidate, Kenneth Del Vecchio, is doing the unthinkable for a Hollywood filmmaker: he is premiering THE LIFE ZONE, a psychological thriller about abortion—a film, which turns out to be PRO-LIFE. This certain controversial flick premieres at Hoboken International Film Festival – in Teaneck – one of the nation’s largest film festivals, which Del Vecchio founded and chairs.
THE LIFE ZONE, written and produced by Del Vecchio, a veteran filmmaker of over 15 movies and best-selling author (novels and legal books), stars Academy Award and Emmy nominee Robert Loggia (Scarface, Independence Day, Big), Blanche Baker (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles), Lindsey Haun (Broken Bridges, Shrooms, “True Blood”), Angela Little (American Pie Bandcamp, My Boss’s Daughter), Eric Etebari (The Lincoln Lawyer, An Affirmative Act, “Witchblade”), Thomas G. Waites (And Justice For All, The Thing), Nina Transfeld (The Great Fight) and Eileen Fulton (Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award; “As the World Turns”)…All will be present at the June 4 premiere.
The controversial premise of THE LIFE ZONE: three women have been kidnapped from abortion clinics and are being held for seven months—until they all give birth. The film, which appears to cut right down the middle, examining the topic from both sides, offers a powerful, anti-abortion climactic twist. (Trailer Below)
Del Vecchio and the cast invite pro-lifers to come to this historic event. Tickets can be purchased online on the Tickets & Schedule page of the HIFF website: http://www.HobokenInternationalFilmFestival.com , or by calling (973) 310-3912.
Kenneth Del Vecchio is a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 38. The New York Times, in writing about his Renaissance Man accomplishments, wrote: “As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.” Kenneth Del Vecchio is a former judge, former prosecutor, and an attorney who has tried over 400 cases. He’s the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books (a series of criminal codebooks published by Prentice Hall and ALM), as well as a best-selling criminal suspense novelist. In addition, he’s the founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival…And, he is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written/directed/produced over 15 movies, which star 50+ film and TV stars, including several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.
For more information, please visit http://www.KenForSenate.com and http://www.HobokenInternationalFilmFestival.com.
B Scene Agency