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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most Exorcist inspired films ...
Giallo regular Nicoletta Elmi appears in what is her most substantial role performing alongside veteran actor Richard Franklin and the wonderful Joanna Cassidy in a film inspired by The Exorcist, although the film is a long way from being a knock-off. What obviously resonated with screenwriter/director Massimo Dallamano were the many artifacts Friedkin uses in his 1973...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Night Child
Michael Williams a British film maker who works for the BBC travels to Italy with his daughter Emily and her nanny to finish his new documentary. While there he enquires about a painting which shows images that relate to his past such as his wife's death. However as he investigates his daughter becomes more and more plague by horrible visions.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most Exorcist inspired films ..., 2 Feb 2014
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Craig Martin (Melbourne, VIC AUS) - See all my reviews
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Giallo regular Nicoletta Elmi appears in what is her most substantial role performing alongside veteran actor Richard Franklin and the wonderful Joanna Cassidy in a film inspired by The Exorcist, although the film is a long way from being a knock-off. What obviously resonated with screenwriter/director Massimo Dallamano were the many artifacts Friedkin uses in his 1973 film: medaliions, statues, figurines. In The Night Child the idea that artworks are made up of more than symbolism but operate as talismans and vessels for both good and evil plays out in The Night Child with the war between these two forces revolving around a cursed medallion (incidentally The Cursed Medallion is the Italian name for the film), a statue, a doubled bladed sword and a medieval painting. Elmi is typically enigmatic in the role of Emily Williams, playing neither innocent victim nor evil antagonist - a quality she brings to most of her horror-inspired and giallo films. For those who like Italian horror, this is a definite must see and Arrow Video's presentation of the film is excellent and worth the purchase price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow DVD hits the target - Again, 18 May 2013
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Unlike some of the previous well written and informative reviews I give this 4 stars (nearly 5). Arrow DVD have produced a superb quality film, the colour is vibrant and the picture and sound excellent. The plot is why it only gets 4 stars. It is a bit slow and derivitive, but I didn't get bored at all, enjoying the superb location photography and Joanna Cassidy,and a surprisingly almost dowdy Evelynne Stewart. Lila Kedrova is excellent as a strange old lady involved with a mysterious painting that holds all the clues, and worse. Any fan of Edmund Purdom will be very disapointed as he is literally in and out and never seen again. At 88 minutes it moves along (albeit not like a racing car at full speed, and if you have ever been to Spoleto in Italy you will have fun). The price is good, there are 2 sex scenes with Cassidy and Johnson (who I thought looked uncomfortable with her, but that may be just me), but they arent very explicit, and there is no gore to speak of. I loved it-just not quite enough for 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Night Child, 9 Feb 2013
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Michael Williams a British film maker who works for the BBC travels to Italy with his daughter Emily and her nanny to finish his new documentary. While there he enquires about a painting which shows images that relate to his past such as his wife's death. However as he investigates his daughter becomes more and more plague by horrible visions.

Massimo Dallamano who famously worked with Sergio Leone as a cinematographer directs this by the numbers horror flick which was made after the success of the Exorcist, although the possession elements are not the main focus of this movie.

As you might have guessed this is nowhere near as good as the Exorcist but saying that it is nothing like it really and the story which I felt had a lot of potential was poorly written and there was quite a few loop holes in the script which I'm sure you'll figure out when you watch it.

Richard Johnson is good as Michael Williams the man who is trying to move on with his life after his wife's tragic death. Child actress Nicoletta Elmi is really bad and her acting is way over the top. There is however good support from Joanna Cassidy as his love interest and Evelyn Stewart as the ill fated nanny.

The worst part of the film other than the story is the two sequences with awful special effects, one where someone falls from a building and another from a mountain. They could've easily been made without that poor shot.

Stelvio Cipriani composes a powerful main theme tune and some good dramatic instrumentals but the same tracks were played over and over again which became a little repetitive.

Overall a boring film that is well handled by Massimo Dallamano who creates some nice visuals in the Mario Bava Gothic manor.

GREAT DVD Quality and a interesting collectors book comes with the dvd.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT, 7 Nov 2014
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The item came really fast, in perfect condition.Everything is as described.Picture quality is great.This movie is classic, really good italian horror from mid 70's.The price is cheap so, I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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Great release - includes English dubbing.
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