Monday, December 11

Case 39 (2009): Another Evil Child Flick?

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Starring: Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Kerry O’Malley, Callum Keith Rennie, Bradley Cooper, Crystal Lowe, Adrian Lester, Georgia Craig, and Cynthia Stevenson.

Directed by: Christian Alvart.

Released: January 1st, 2010.

The evil child horror film genre has long since gone stale. Some good (the ‘Omen’ franchise, “Orphan”), many bad (“The Unborn”). The problem is that its grown too predictable for its good (“Orphan” stands as an exception on many accounts, however). So now we have the latest addition to this horror genre, the newly released “Case 39”. 

Renee Zellweger plays Emily Jenkins, a social worker who is assigned to the case of the mysterious 10 year old Lilith Sullivan (played by Jodelle Ferland). At first, it seems that her parents are deranged psychotics who will do anything to see that Lilith doesn’t see the light of tomorrow, even if that means sticking her in a conventional oven while she is sound asleep. In this harrowing and suspenseful scene, Emily saves the young girl’s life and takes her in until she can find a foster family replacement. 

Unfortunately, Emily learns that Lilith isn’t as innocent as she seemed to be. No sir, this little calm-spoken angel is the next best thing off the killer child assembly line at the horror movie factory. When Emily’s friends and colleagues all start dropping like flies around her, she has no choice but to seek help from her former parents whom tried to kill her before, only they know how to truly defeat the little beast of a child.


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