The Child [DVD] 
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Some Girls Play With Dolls. Rosalie Plays With Zombies! Because 11-year-old Rosalie has always been 'strange her ornery father hires lovely Alicianne to be Rosalie's governess in their big, gloomy house. Rosalie blames daddy and the neighbours for the death of her mentally ill mommy, so she sends her cemetery pals out to kill, starting with the little old lady next door whose face they rip off. As Rosalie and her zombies escalate their attacks, Alicianne and Len, Rosalie's older brother, flee for their lives and hole up in a claustrophobic shack as the graveyard ghouls stage a full-scale assault. Released by exploitation king Harry Novak and sprinkled with juicy gore, The Child is an atmospheric cross between 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Carrie' by way of 'The Bad Seed' and an unnerving creature feature that reminds us just what little monsters kids can be.
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The plot is simple: Alicianne (Licia to her friends) is hired as a nanny for sulky blonde brat Rosalie Norden, and comes to live with the girl, her laconic brother Len, and her father. But Rosalie, the eponymous Child, is no ordinary little girl, and her eerie psychic powers and morbid obsessions bring the dead to life and help her to lash out at those she feels deserving of her wrath...
"The Child" is primarily a study in gruesome atmospherics, something established in the very first scene, which gives us the delightful vignette of Rosalie happily playing with a kitten at a graveside - before feeding it to the undead! From there on in, the film assumes the feel of a twisted, unsettling dream, emphasised in particular by an early scene in which Licia makes a fraught passage through the woods to Rosalie's home, a journey observed by the mostly-unseen dead. For the first hour or so, the film is a slow-burner, the director teasing the audience with fleeting shots of shadowy corpses shambling over the hills in the blue of night, as well as providing the gory spectacle of neighbour Mrs. Whitfield's torment. However, in the final twenty minutes, the film at last fulfils what it has long promised, as the living dead go on the rampage and the viewer is plunged into a genuine and highly effective nightmare dénouement.Read more ›
Exploitation king Harry Novak returns with a very mixed bag here. The first thing to say about this one is just how absolutely horrendous the dubbing is, the dialogue was put on tape in post-production and must have been done with the base on the microphone on the lowest base line possible, its so off putting that the film is very difficult to listen to and hence watch. Pace of the pic is another problem, the first half in fact the first 50mins are very slow, things do pick up though the last 20mins far better but it may come too late for some. Acting is OK, the leads are passable but no more, some of the supporting cast are laughable and not in a good way, but to be fare because of the dubbing Meryl Streep would've had a hard time here. There are a couple of positives, throughout the film there is an air of creepy tension around Rosalie and what she's doing, and also the gore level at the end is a huge surprise and is much better than could have been anticipated.
A difficult film to watch because of some production issues, although a somewhat satisfying climax it will be too little to late for most but diehard horror/exploitation/section 3 completists might find something for them.
Slow moving, dark in places, but I found it atmospheric. There's some minor gore and a few zombies. Cheap, but occasionally chilling.