Shallow Ground (2008)
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Main Stars: Timothy V. Murphy, Stan Kirsh, Lindsey Stoddart, Rocky Marquette, Patty McCormack
Storyline: A boy covered in blood walks into a police station and it opens a can of worms on an unsolved mystery and a bigger nightmare.
Review (Spoils): not to spoil too much of this film but the blood covered boy could be more of the more memorable scenes in horror of this era (2000s). The movie starts off with a bang and the gore is well done and they don’t shy away from the red in this one. We have a lot of mystery and some good visuals with this film.
But now for the bad, plot holes are massive in this film. But I think the biggest issue with the film is the outcome for all the blood, gore and graphics the outcome just did not make sense. The silent blood boy was cool but the story could not hold itself together.
We have lots of blood, some hanging bodies, some semi ok acting (not great), lots of dead bodies and it does not shy from showing some special effects.
Rating: We have a film that started off very interesting and cool and presented some very neat gore but the plot was so full of unanswered questions that the movie dipped low. I still think this film is worth checking out but do not expect something fantastic when it comes to storyline.
The Bad Seed (1956)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Main Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones
Storyline: Mother suspect there is an issue with her 8 year old daughter.
Review (Spoils): Christine Penmark (Nancy Kelly) is worried as she feels her daughter Rhoda (Patty McCormack) might not be so perfect. Her daughter Rhoda wants it all and wants to be the best in everything. When she does not get the prize medal but someone else does strangely the child is found drowned and Rhoda is the last one seen with him. Christine being the good mother defends her daughters story and so the film begins with weird accidents and more excuses. Is it possible that Rhoda is a murder? The film flows good in scenes but sometimes it can feel a little stage like as it was originally a play and yes because of this it can be overacted. But all the off scene crime and “bad things” works well as it did not need to show what was happening and that helped with the flow of the film. Sort of like a Leave it to Beaver meets Spider Baby. This film can be chilling even though the little girl can be a bit annoying and you want to throw her in the lake. But that is just the twinkle in the eye character base as Patty McCormack plays it well.
Rating: The film was surprise and it plays out well. Yes the goody too shoes bit can be annoying and grabs you under the skin but that is the point of the film. Give your child everything they want and they may end up being a spoiled brat and maybe a killer! Lesson learned here for new parents.