Is there anything scarier than a nutcase kid? I'll answer for you: No.
And I think I have some good picks this week. I tried to spread it around a bit. I have some horror. Some comedy. Some just crazy, exploitative harshness. And even a bonus.
So, welcome back to Thursday, my blogging friends, for an other entry in Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. This week, it's another Halloween Edition: Villainous Chidren-style.
Here are my picks:
Part I: Two of the Scariest Movies I've Ever Seen
The Omen (1976)
Dir. Richard Donner
An American diplomat (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick) deal with the aftermath of miscarriage by adopting a newborn, and they call him Damien (strong name). Bad stuff happens. Scary stuff. Memorable stuff. A pattern emerges. The presence of this young child seems to bring upon said bad stuff. Is he the son of Satan? This is one of the most entertaining horror movies I've had the pleasure to watch. And, man, is that kid creepy.
Pet Sematary (1989)
Dir. Mary Lambert
Of all the horror movies I've seen, only two or three have made me too scared to fall asleep. This is one of them. The Creed family moves to a little home in Maine and begin experiencing some strange happenings as a result to their proximity to a nearby cemetery. The title itself is a play on the word cemetery itself, the word "sematic" (serving as a sign or warning of danger involving animals) and a misspelling by the youngest Creed child, Gage (the creepy awesome Miko Hughes), who will come into play in shockingly scary ways, after a tragedy.
Part II: A Comedy
Problem Child (1990)
Dir. Dennis Dugan
Okay. I know. I used the sequel a couple weeks ago for the Adoption theme. But, after a talk with my wife this morning, I just had to include this one. Michael Oliver plays Junior, who after reeking so much havoc with the nuns at his orphanage, and finding an attraction to a notorious bowtie-wearing criminal (Michael Richards), finds himself pawned off on a childless couple (John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck). He is a bad kid. He hits people in the nuts with baseball bats. Drives cars into sporting goods stores. And gives nary a f--k. But deep down, he's a good kid. Right?
Part III - Bonus Pick: A Really Bad Movie
The Good Son (1993)
Dir. Joseph Ruben
I'll let Roger Ebert's half-star review be my lead-in:
Who in the world would want to see this movie? Watching "The Good Son," I asked myself that question, hoping that perhaps the next scene would contain the answer, although it never did. The movie is a creepy, unpleasant experience, made all the worse because it stars children too young to understand the horrible things we see them doing.
The children he speaks of are Henry Evans (Macaulay Culkin) and his cousin, who just lost his mother, Mark (Elijah Wood). Well, one of them is really bad. The other is good. It's not really a clever title either. Or is it? Anyway, the crazy bad shit that Henry and Mark get into is so firmly etched in my memory I don't think I'll ever forget it. I really hope some of you have seen this movie.