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The Child (Special Edition) (1977)

Laurel Barnett , Rosalie Cole , Robert Voskanian  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners, Ruth Ballan
  • Directors: Robert Voskanian
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NG03
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Child (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Creepy Kids Short # 1: Life is hell when you are an Outsider
  • Creepy Kids Short # 2: Life is hell continues with The ABC of Baby Sitting
  • Extras
  • Gallery of horror drive-in exploitation art
  • Horrorama Radio-Spot Rarities
  • Theatrical trailers for Harry Novak's Behind Closed Doors, Booby Trap, The Child, Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Kidnapped Coed, The Mad Butcher, The Toy Box, and Toys Are Not for Children

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Rosalie's always been a little strange..." February 4, 2006
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If you were a regular at the drive-in in the mid 1960s and throughout the 1970s, you probably weren't a stranger to the films released by Harry Novak through his Box Office International film group, enjoying such wonderfully sleazy exploitation fare as Venus in Furs (1967), Miniskirt Love (1967), The Dirty Mind of Young Sally (1970), and Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975), to name just a few. Another Box Office International release was this independent film, titled simply The Child (1977), also known as Kill and Go Hide. Written by Ralph Lucas (Planet of Dinosaurs) and directed by Robert Voskanian (his first, and last film, to date), the movie features Laurel Barnett (Goodbye, Norma Jean) and Rosalie Cole in her only film appearance. Also appearing is Frank Janson, Richard Hanners, Ruth Ballan, and Slosson Bing Jong (no, I didn't make that name up) in the pivotal role as...the gardener.

The film opens on a dark and foggy night, where we see a girl visiting a cemetery...she's got a basket with a kitty, and it's feeding time at the graveyard (lovely) we cut to the daytime, and we see a young woman named Alicianne Del Mar (Barnett) driving down a lonely, country road. Some car trouble forces her to hoof it through some fields, and she meets up with Mrs.Whitfield (Ballan). Turns out Alicianne has been hired by the Nordon family, neighbors of Mrs. Whitfield, to look after Rosalie (Cole), the youngest child and the same girl we saw at the outset of the movie. Alicianne trudges to the Nordon's (who happen to live next to a cemetery), and we get to meet the clan, including the curmudgeonly father Joshua (Janson), the older son Len (Hanners), and finally little Rosalie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent zombie movie July 14, 2002
The Child is a zombie movie, although not a "great" one. A city-girl returns to the countryside where she grew up to be a nanny for a little girl who has been very awful since her mother died. But as the nanny falls in love with a man working at the house, the girl gets angry. The girl has control of zombies from the nearby cemetary, and she uses them to strike back at everyone around her.
This disk is very good, as well. It contains trailers for many other movies, and it has a "short" movie (which is about 70 minutes, I believe), that also has zombies in it (that movie is older, and there is very little gore, since the zombies are basically used as cheap workers, as in most older zombie movies).
Excluding several scenes, this one is not as graphic as most zombie movies, but still is gory enough that some people may want to avoid it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Children Sometimes Play With Dead Things... July 21, 2010
In spite of its ultra-low budget, clunky dialogue, and semi-convincing acting, THE CHILD still manages to cultivate a nice atmosphere of constant dread, along w/ some gory set pieces. Besides, how can you go wrong w/ an eeevil kid, a killer scarecrow, AND a mob of undead ghouls? You can't! Snag this one...
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3.0 out of 5 stars This kid doesn't kid around! No kidding! December 12, 2008
The Child (1977) This is an ultra low budget horror flick from distributor Box Office International, run by the amazing Harry Novak. Harry would scope out movies like this and put them on the drive in circuit throughout the 1960's and 1970's. In this rather odd little movie, pretty young Alicianne has been hired as a nanny for a girl named Rosalie. Little Rosalie lives way out in the boonies in an old house with her crabby old dad and much older brother. Alicianne finds Rosalie to be a strange little girl who spends a lot of time in the cemetery down the road. Don't feel too bad for Rosalie, though, because she does have some friends. Friends who hail from that very same cemetery. Soon, everyone who makes Rosalie mad starts to die horrible gory deaths. With no real explanation, it seems Rosalie has some kind of funky control over the dead, willing them to crawl out of their graves and attack those she feels are responsible for the death of her beloved mom, which is pretty much everybody, including the old neighbor lady, the gardener, her dad, her brother, and eventually even the new nanny. I enjoyed this movie's modest charms, though there's seemingly not much to recommend about it. The script is more a series of scenes than a story, and that lack of flow is not helped by director Robert Voskanian who keeps the pace pretty slow for the most part. One scene ends, another begins and there's no feeling or connection between them. The passage of time in the movie is poorly communicated. It's day, it's night, it's day again, but no time seems to have passed. The acting is not very good, and it's not helped by the fact that all of the dialogue on the soundtrack seems to have been dubbed back in later. Read more ›
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Girl and Her Zombies Who Live Down the Lane November 13, 2001
Extremely odd little movie about a little brat of a girl who hates her pretty nanny cuz she has the hots for the hired guy.
Little brat gets jealous and because she is psychic, ala CARRIE...she can manipulate things. I'm assuming that she has made the corpses in the cemetery come alive...otherwise she has some mighty wierd friends. At some point this turns into a zombie flick and the little brat dissapeers until the end when she very pitifully and unconvincingly gets axed. The editing in this film is really strange. I liked it anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cute little chiller with atmosphere!!
One of those movies you saw a kid and just never forgot. I revisited this 28 years later and still found it oddly charming. Buy it before it disappears!
Published on June 17, 2012 by Gordon C. Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 70s supernatural thriller
The Child is an inventive, fun monster movie that seems meant to be seen late-night on TV by kids. There's a naive, dated quality to this gruesome pic that is actually quite... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by A. Salas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone.
Mmk, gonna be upfront and honest here. The acting is really piss poor and the blood looks like hooker red nailpolish. In other words, it's a deffie B movie. Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by MiS
1.0 out of 5 stars Really, really, laughably bad.
The Child (Robert Voskanian, 1977)

While IMDB does not list this as a made-for-TV movie, I find it hard to believe that anyone ever took this monstrosity seriously... Read more
Published on December 7, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a warning
I purchased this DVD in order to obtain a relatively clean and sharp copy of I Eat Your Skin. Now, Something Weird has been completely honest in listing this as an "extra" rather... Read more
Published on February 6, 2004 by General Ursus
2.0 out of 5 stars BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNG!
The main problem I have with exploitation films is that so many of them neglect to exploit. "The Child" ranks right up (or down) there with "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead... Read more
Published on July 17, 2002 by Matthew C. Pinkerton
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