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Ann Turner wrote and directed this genuinely creepy tale. Celia Carmichael (Rebecca Smart) is a lonely nine-year-old girl growing up in the Melbourne suburbs in the late 1950s. She is the victim of several traumas that led to horrific results, and she suffers from nightmares from a book read to her at school. For a spell, her troubles are abated when a new family moves in next door with three children for Celia to play with. But her parents forbid her to play with the children, because the parents are members of the Communist Party.
This is more of a coming of age tale set in 50's Australia which takes a violent turn during the final 15 minutes. If you like Australian films, this would be a good choice. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Fred Adelman
Not a bad movie, but not a horror movie either. I think Child of terror was added as packaging. Celia is more suited as a CBS childrens theater showing in the old days. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by tim