Case 39

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Post by DavieT » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:03 am

I really liked this movie - it would surely play very well to a mainstream audience so dont get why its been hanging around unreleased for a couple of years. Renee Zellweger ... well was Renee Zellweger (I did keep thinking Bridget Jones : Child of Satan for a while) but the evil little kid Lily was great - I so wanted to microwave her ;)

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:45 am

Makes Orphan look like Rosemary's Baby.

Utter tedium.

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Post by The Aylmer » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:27 am

sherbetbizarre wrote:Makes Orphan look like Rosemary's Baby.

Utter tedium.
Yeah. It started well enough but I struggled to stay awake in the second half. A pity as I really liked his last Frightfest offering Antibodies.

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Post by Tommy-Boy » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:49 pm

A by-the-numbers mainstream flick. Yet another of those "evil kid" movies but I found myself enjoying it. The kid was suitably creepy and I did so like the scene where she freaked out the beardy-boy psychologist.

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Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:02 pm

I wasn't expecting much, but it was OK. I'm a bit of a sucker for Bad Seed movies.

I did think both Zelleger and McShane were too easily convinced the kiddie was evil - it might've worked better if she kept denying it to herself. And it all got too frantic towards the end.

Why could the girl escape a burning house but not a sinking car?

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Post by goregoregirl » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:05 pm

Rubbish film, but the scene with the hornet coming out of Bradley Cooper's eye was one of the few things to genuinely creep me out all weekend.

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Post by jonbly » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:20 pm

The Soapmaker wrote:Why could the girl escape a burning house but not a sinking car?
Because climbing of a ground-floor window whilst your crazy foster-mother runs around sloshing petrol about isn't difficult.

Anyway... jonbly really liked this one.

7/10

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Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:31 pm

jonbly wrote:
The Soapmaker wrote:Why could the girl escape a burning house but not a sinking car?
Because climbing of a ground-floor window whilst your crazy foster-mother runs around sloshing petrol about isn't difficult.
You're probably right... I thought she'd drugged her, locked all exits etc but my memory could be failing me....

Still not convinced she'd be so easy to get rid of. But I guess they were (highly optimistically) leaving it open for the sequel, eh? :lol:

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Post by AdeBrown » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:04 pm

jonbly wrote:
The Soapmaker wrote:Why could the girl escape a burning house but not a sinking car?
Because climbing of a ground-floor window whilst your crazy foster-mother runs around sloshing petrol about isn't difficult.
Okay then, how come she could control a lift and make it go dark yet not escape a sinking car ? Eh?

I wish to report this thread to social services for unrepressing my memories of this film.

Some v.creepy moments for an apiphobe like me, and if the cute little girl from the opening scenes had not turned out to be some sort of demon, I'd have felt cheated.

However, the social services: getting over involved, interfering with police business, case notes at home, shouting at the phone and getting told to "take the rest of the day off" ... wrong! Implausible !
They don't even pull stunts like this in Law & Order.

And I just cannot abide Renee Zellweggler.
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Post by Reanimator » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:16 pm

Whilst no classic, after Zombie Women and House of the Devil it was good to watch something for entertainment value if nothing else.

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Post by lupogirl » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:21 pm

Had a few jumps and did remind of The Orphan a bit. At least this film has some atmosphere. The little girl was well creepy.
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Post by Wolfshade » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:26 pm

Very generic mainstream evil kid movie, Omen meets Exorcist wannabe, seen it all before, but it was actually strangely watchable at the same time - was one of the longer films of the fest, but I got really into it, and never felt bored.

and yes, the bees through the nose, eyes and mouth scene was pretty awesome!

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Post by streetrw » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:12 pm

Well, I didn't mind it even if it was a generic, mainstream offering from a big studio. It did the job. I've no time for Renee Zellweger usually and while the movie's nothing special, it rattles along quite nicely with a few well-timed jumpy moments.
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Post by Porkboy » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:34 am

It was entertaining enough, but it got more ridiculous as the film went on, to the point where it very nearly reached a Mirrors-esque level of bollocks.

But it had its moments. The kid's performance was spot on.

And maybe the reason this hasn't been released yet might be due to the Baby P, social services are crap media shit-storm that has occurred over the last year or so. But that might not be the case Stateside.

Let's face it though, if Mirrors can get a release then why can't this? More to the point - if Mirrors can get a theatrical release then why the fuck can't Trick 'r Treat?!? But that's a conversation for another part of the forum...
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Post by **suzy** » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:39 pm

I was actually quite surprised that I liked this film as it had Renee Zellweger and she's not really made a film that I've liked in a long time. It wasn't orginal with the whole demon child thing but it was good how you felt sorry for the kid at first and then realised what was going on. I'm so getting it on DVD
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