Saturday, September 12, 2009

Coming Distractions September 15th, 2009

Easy Virtue
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Four Dragons
Next Day Air
Stella: Live in Boston
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 4th Season
Grey's Anatomy - 5th Season

First a note on the new Peter Greenaway movie Nightwatching, which focuses on a conspiracy theory that Rembrandt identified a murderer in his painting: Nightwatch is a common nickname given to this work, though the painting is actually titled The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch, and it may not even be set at night: the misnomer comes from the way the painting blackened over time.

Do you know where your children are?

Now, let's talk about creepy little kids. I enjoy watching them and their evil beady little eyes. Here are some of the first movies that spring to my mind that feature those miniature menaces.

The Bad Seed: don't be fooled by the cute pigtails, Rhoda's the most heartless little girl you'll ever meet. I was always a bit disappointed by the deus ex machina ending, BUT any disappointment was instantly washed away by the post-credits sequence. Truly a bizarre little documentary/unwitting commentary on raising children in the '50's. Watch it til the end, I beg you.

Children of the Corn
: Stephen King's mixing of children & religion - a dangerous combination!

The Omen: Honey, did you really have to go and adopt the Antichrist?

Orphan: (coming soon to DVD!) Another regrettable adoption. I hear the ending's the best part.

Joshua: Proving once again that kids don't even need supernatural help to wreak tons of havoc.

The Good Son: Always knew Macauley Culkin was a troublemaker...

The Brood: One of my favorites! David Cronenberg and cloning and terror! When little versions of yourself mutate & turn against you... Also, therapy is a dangerous tool.

Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned: is someone you know tiny, a little too blond, and imbued with supernatural powers?

Don't Look Now: Is that really the ghost of your drowned daughter haunting you in the dark canals of Venice?

And now, as of this week, there is also Grace: Whose baby doesn't prefer to drink a little blood instead of milk?

There are so many! Any more you want to add?


Undead Molly said...

I was watching a Mario Bava movie the other night and saw a preview for another Bava flick I've never seen, "Kill, Baby... Kill!" which features a six year old ghost girl killer. I actually can't think of all that many in which an actual child was evil. It's more often the ghost of a child, or an alien in child form, or a child-like doll. Because of MPAA censorship? I know it's highly verboten to show violence against a child.

A few years ago there was an episode of Studio 360 that was devoted to examining why we find children so creepy. I know why I find them disturbing... little ID driven tabula rasas. Primitive moral reasoning. Their tiny hands give me the willies. I will see if I can find that episode in their archives.

Undead Molly said...

I found it! But I can't get it to play. Maybe you will have better luck.