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Not only is this movie artfully crafted and skillfully directed, the special effects are killer. Some scenes I immediately watched again, just to catch every second of the chilling graphics. The storyline is demented, twisted, and oh so evil. The acting also doesn't disappoint in the least (who doesn't love Lori Petty?) The monster of the film is grotesque and Lovecraftian. Everything here is perfection. Normally with a running time of just under an hour -in this case, 55 minutes- you might feel cheated. However, in this case, everything about the movie is so spot on you don't mind the short time. Besides, the short time means you can watch it again right away, which is what I did.
I can't recommend this movie enough. It is trite and childish to say this deserves 8 out of 5 stars, but it does. If you are a horror fan at all, please, treat yourself to a viewing of this film. You will NOT be disappointed.
Highest possible recommendations to all horror movie buffs!!!!
The tale begins with the abduction of a young girl. Trapped by a couple, led by a gloriously deranged Lori Petty, she is locked in their basement with another child. Forming a tentative friendship with the mute boy, she eventually learns that they will be involved in some sort of ritual to bring the couple's deceased child back to life. Let's just say that they made a pact with the devil that involves child sacrifice and a rather unpleasant beastie.
The mood and atmosphere of "Child" are genuinely creepy, the performances good, and the effects are nice. The spooky ambiance and brisk pace distinguish this tale from some of the others. This certainly isn't a groundbreaking work, though. You've seen elements of this story in many other films. However, it is put together with confidence and competence. I enjoyed "The Fair-Haired Child," and would rate it at 3 1/2 star if possible. Not the best the show had to offer--but far, far, far from the worst. KGHarris, 12/06.
The film opens with young Tara being teased in school, riding her bike home, then getting kidnapped by a man in a van. I could only imagine the fears this scene would conjure up in any parent. After Tara wakes up, she tries to call her mom for help explaining that she has been drugged, kidnapped, and hospitalized in another state to which her mom casually replies, "Can I call you back later?" Malone directs a surprisingly restrained tale of suffering considering his previous outings included, which was oddly gratuitous and devoid of meaning. Fair-Haired Child is a touching story of a mother so heartbroken she is pushed to desperate lengths, a rebellious teen that betrays the ones that love him, and a kidnapped girl that no one notices is missing. The story is a simple one with a nice twist ending and pleasantly reminded me of the old Twilight Zone series.
The mood and atmosphere are great with many scenes set to classical music. There are black & white scenes that represent the dark doings of the parents and the little blonde girl looking up from the bloody bathtub through the hole in the basement looks like a lost Alice after falling through the rabbit hole.
On a side note, I thought it a curious gesture to add Malone to the list of "Masters of Horror". He did a few low budget creature flicks, followed by the good House on Haunted Hill remake, which was followed by the very bad. I think this TV episode is one of the highlights of his resume now.Read more ›
Here's the scoop. A young girl who is an outsider at school (a point which seems to have no baring on the story) is kidnapped, drugged and wakes up in a basement. She finds she has a male roommate who is hanging from a noose. She rescues him and the two set out to try and escape. She soon realizes he's integral to the problem in that mom and dad need to kill 12 girls to bring sonny permanently back to life after an accidental drowning. She's the 12th victim.
This is OK. Laurie Petty does a fine job as the mom. I didn't much care for dad's performance and the two young folk do a decent job in their rolls. The creature that sonny transforms into is genuinely creepy and is the highlight of the proceedings. Somehow this all seemed too familiar and the ending was just so-so. The camerawork, editing, sound and directing aren't bad, but they don't aspire to any new heights.
At a merciful 55 minutes long it won't tax your patience but don't approach this as being anything more than a mild diversion.
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A very good movie about a blonde haird girl is captured and
taken to a home. The father who captured the girl and the mother
pretends to be a nurse! Read more
THIS WAS GREAT AND FAST SHIPPING. WILL BUY AGAIN! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!Published 14 months ago by fran
Like I mention about other movies similar to this one I am a major fan of the horror genrePublished 18 months ago by Nicole
Product arrived early & in great condition however, I have not yet viewed this DVD so I can not comment on it's content or how well this DVD plays.Published 21 months ago by Jimmy C.
The worst movie of horror I ever see!!Dont waste your time buying it.Not even scary.Lot of good reviews but just another fail horror story!Published on May 5, 2013 by Delacroix
My son was shocked when he opened his present and it had the movie sitting in front of his eyes. He loves this movie. He has played it several times. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Amber Clio Princess
This is by far the best movie of the Masters of Horror series. I've see a lot of horror movies and I really love the theme. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Straddle1985