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  • Actors: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners, Ruth Ballan
  • Directors: Robert Voskanian
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E35TX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,351 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Meldrum VINE VOICE on 25 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
70s US low budget horror - if there's a more bountiful sub-genre of the macabre than this, I've yet to encounter it. `The Child', a sinister tale, released by exploitation master Harry Novak, is a sterling example of this neglected cinematic undercurrent, and it's only a shame its DVD debut hasn't been treated with more care.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.J.F.64 on 21 April 2015
Format: DVD
A woman starts working as a nanny/housekeeper to a family at a rural house, quickly she begins to realise that the 11 year-old daughter has some sort of psychic powers and enjoys playing in graveyards, which leads to a bloody conclusion.

Exploitation king Harry Novak returns with a very mixed bad 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melody Shoat on 20 July 2014
Format: DVD
One of the great sorrows of my life is my need to see any "evil child" movie that I hear about and it's been a while since a new one came up - but this one did, on the recently released "Video Nasties 2: Draconian Days" set. This is a pretty terrible example of the sub-genre - I'm not even sure if the child is played by a child - sort of a masterclass really in how to get the basics of film making wrong. The climax is kind of intense in a cacaphonic way but there's no way I could recommend this movie. However, I was surprised to find a couple of extras on this disc that make it less of a regretful purchase - a documentary about sleazy producer Harry Novak that runs about 45 minutes and really puts this terrible movie in some kind of context, and a "showreel" of about 30 minutes of trailers that make the trailers on the "Video Nasties 2" discs look like high art. If you're interested in the depths of horror and can get this DVD cheap, you might find it worthwhile.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Watson on 18 Sept. 2012
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Wow! That was bad. That was bad plus bad, with a side order of bad, with bad to go. I realise that it was made in the seventies, but still... Bad acting, bad score, couple of nice make-up effects (remembering it was the seventies). Don't waste your money.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Cheapie from Harry Novak. The story features a nanny who goes to an isolated country house to look after a girl whose mother has passed away. It turns out that the girl has some strange powers or re-animation.
Slow moving, dark in places, but I found it atmospheric. There's some minor gore and a few zombies. Cheap, but occasionally chilling.
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