Another demonic child flick. I mean, come on!!! After The Omen, we have seen a bunch of these flicks, especially in the recent years, some were good, some were bad, but all of them did not cross the line. And the line is scenes of violence involving children. This is the first one where have we have seen the glimpses of what could be something new and original. The “oven” scene is pretty brutal and I was sold as soon as I saw it. However, Case 39 with its unoriginal story could not soar to the heights director Christian Alvart set his eye on. The stylish and very engaging camera-work and great pacing could not add to the creepy kid story, unfortunately. Still, if you are going to check out a creepy kid movie, it might as well be a good one, and this one is great.

So Renée Zellweger is a social worker that saves a little girl named Lillith (I mean come on, they named a child Lillith, how can it not be evil. The girl is played by actress Jodelle Ferland, born 1994, she looks very young for her age…) from her “insane” parents that tried to kill her. When the girl starts to show her true face, Renée will realize aspirations of her previous legal guardians. With the recant release of The Orphan, everyone is comparing these two flicks. I think that they are about the same quality, enjoy.

Director: Christian Alvart

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Kerry O’Malley, Callum Keith Rennie

Fun Stuff: While shooting one of the fire scenes for the movie, a special effect fire got out of control and burned the whole set down, including the studio stage it was built into and almost all of the crew’s equipment. Nobody was seriously injured and filming resumed the very next day with equipment being hauled in from all over the world.


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