A new mother finds herself on the brink of insanity as she battles post-partum depression in this psychological horror film.

Adalynn has just given birth to her new daughter Elizabeth. However, with her doctor husband Bill going away to a conference, Adalynn finds herself adamant at first, but thinks she can handle it all. At first, things start out okay, but soon enough, things change. She starts seeing things and when Elizabeth starts crying too much, it slowly takes its toll on the new mother.

When she tries to talk to Bill about possibly someone breaking in, Bill calls the security company but there is nothing. Adalynn even attempts to see a doctor about getting back on some meds she had taken before being pregnant. However, as she waits longer, the more visions come out and she doesn’t know what to do at this point. Will Adalynn be able to snap out of it, or will she succumb to the terror that awaits her?

Post-partum depression is no joke. There are many elements that could take its toll on a mother. Using this concept for a psychological horror film actually works well, as proof is in the form of 2018’s The Lullaby. This film is different as the focus is on one singular character and more about her rather than the depression affecting her relationships. It is more of a character study of post-partum depression but done as a psychological horror film with Jerrod Brito’s script really making use of our titular character.

Sydney Carvill unleashes a breakout performance in the titular role of Adalynn, the new mother who we see go through post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter. She is seen elated at first, and things look good on the surface. She even serves as the narrator of her own story as she describes the details of her depression. We see her visions entail how much of a toll the depression takes on Adalynn. It gets to where she even sees a possible Grim Reaper towards the crib where Elizabeth is laying in. Of course, when she tries to get to Bill, her husband, he finds himself wary and more concerned about his career.

There is a great scene where after having an episode from her shower, a robed Adalynn begins to look around the kitchen and living room and this is where the lines between reality and fantasy really get blurred. We see both a robed Adalynn and a black dressed Adalynn looking around and ultimately discovering a knife in the vicinity. Who is the knife for? And as the film goes on, it leads to an amazing finale that is shockingly jaw-dropping!

Adalynn is a fantastic indie film that takes a serious issue and turns it into a great psychological horror film thanks to the script by Jerrod Brito, direction by Jacob Byrd, and a breakout performance by Sydney Carvill. This would be the perfect double bill with The Lullaby.


Summer Hill Films present a Jacala production. Director: Jacob Byrd. Producers: Jacob Byrd and Malati Patel. Writer: Jerrod D. Brito. Cinematography: Rich Varville. Editing: Rich Varville.

Cast: Sydney Carvill, Wade Baker, Janet Carver, Rob Shuster, Suzana Norberg.