Friday, May 22, 2009

The Child (1977)

This no budget zombie effort offers completely surprising and awesome FX if you can make it through the slow pacing and generic 70s acting / plotting. A babysitter becomes suspicious of the young girl she is looking after when she continually sneaks out to visit her 'friends' in the cemetery. As the girl's nocturnal visitors begin killing off the locals, the babysitter is left to defend herself against the ghoulish offenders. The film offers excellent atmosphere at times, with surreal and nightmarish dream sequences and creeping fog effects. At others, it is a drab and lifeless walk through 70s low budget tedium as we are introduced to disposable characters and pointless dialogue. The one character that does stand out is the daughter, who is slightly off-kilter, calling back to Cathy from Cathy's Curse in that she is disturbed and has a menacing, vengeful sense about her. There is a change-up after the first hour, when the suspense and build up that has been solely psychological up to this point switches gears and becomes a blend of dark Gothic and survivalist horror. The zombie make-up and costume designs are unlike anything else in the genre, and the film becomes a graphic gorefest with outstanding FX that are as bloody as they are unexpected. This film wont soon win any awards, but for the patient viewer the slow build will definitely pay off. Recommended as a creepy 70s zombie effort for fans of films like Cathy's Curse or dare I say House by the Cemetery?

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 8/10.


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2 comments:

  1. NEVER SEEN THIS ONE BUT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S MY CUP OF TEA THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP ON THIS ONE.

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  2. If that review turned one person on to the film I will be completely satisfied, hope you like it Cheesemaster General!

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