Title: The Child

Also known as:
Kill and Go Hide
Zombie Child

Year: 1977

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 82 min

Director: Robert Voskanian

Writer: Ralph Lucas

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075838/

Alicianne is hired to be the caregiver for Rosalie, an 11-year-old girl. It seems like a simple enough job but strange things start to occur before she even makes it to the dark and creepy house that Rosalie and her family live in. After receiving a warning from a neighbor, Alicianne begins to realize that this job is anything but normal and it may or may not be because of Rosalie and her "friends" that live out in the woods.

Our thoughts:
While normally I'm not a fan of evil-child films, I find them to be as dumb and ridiculous (not in a good way) as doll/toy horror movies. Though I couldn't help but have an interest in this movie, maybe the fact it’s released by Something Weird Video, its producer is Harry Novak, or it could be that the story revolved around an isolated house in the woods. Not quite sure what it was, but either way, it was a movie that had quite an appeal to me and it's one that I was quite happy with.

Sure it would be easy for me to pick on this movie's short comings. It's a low-budget movie from the 70's that's released by Something Weird Video; the cards obviously aren't stacked in its favor at first glance. So yeah, it has bad acting and it's not a technically well made movie but in general, it's really not that bad of a movie. It's actually an interesting spin on the zombie sub-genre.

While the concept isn't explored very well nor is it explained very well in the story; Rosalie uses her psychic abilities to summon the undead and to control them to do her bidding. What she desires is to have all those killed who she believes had a hand in her mother's death, which even includes her own father. Alicianne is the embodiment of the audience as she is dropped into this strange situation and is trying to understand what is going on around the house, since everyone else seems to know but doesn't want to say. Each night more strange and unusual things happen and someone else ends up disappearing. The longer Alicianne stays, the more Rosalie begins to believe Alicianne is trying to become her new mother and soon has her "friends" go after her.

It's a simple but good story that unfolds in a fair-predictable manner, but that doesn't keep the movie from being any less enjoyable. While it's not a movie that'll have you sleeping with your lights on, and even with it's cheese-factor. "The Child" actually manages to build a reasonable atmosphere to the story and set a decent mood to the story. You have an idea of what's in the woods, but in never reveals what exactly until the end. Instead the movie plays on the noise that these zombies make, and when people are attacked, only showing enough to keep the mood going. Makes for some fun bump-in-the-night viewing. And giving credit to the movie given the time it was made and budget constraints, the make-up job for the attacks look pretty good. Never sure exactly why they only attack one side of a person's face, but hey, I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

"The Child" is what it is; low-budget drive-in schlock from the 70's. To be honest though, this is the kind of movie that I wish I would have been able to see at the drive-in. Regardless of the movie's level of cheese and where it falls short, it's still a lot of fun. It has a respectable level of atmosphere and mood that makes this unique zombie twist an enjoyable watch on a rainy day.

Positive things:
- A different take on zombies.
- Great locations. Very effective for what atmosphere was there.
- I don't know how they did it, but the shot of the brick flying through the car windshield looked amazing.
Negative things:
- Takes awhile to get going.
- Car horns detours zombies? Really?
- The psychic part of the story isn't explained very well.
- You know you need to take it easy on the fog machine when we are no longer able to see any of the actors or anything else for that matter.
- Would have preferred more stuff to take place at night rather than day, but then again, the scenes that took place at night were hard to see due to the lack of proper lighting.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

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