Bless the Child
Release year: 2000
Director: Chuck Russell
Screenwriter: Thomas Rickman, Clifford Green, Ellen Green, Cathy Cash Spellman (novel)
Starring: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Holliston Coleman, Rufus Sewell, Angela Bettis, Christina Ricci, Michael Gaston, Lumi Cavazos
When her addict sister (Angela Bettis) abandons her infant daughter Cody at her appartement, Maggie (Kim Basinger) takes her in as the child she never had herself. At the age of six, Cody (Holliston Coleman) is a child functioning despite the damages done by being born by an addict, but also shows signs of being a very special child. When children starts getting abducted and turns up dead, FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits) discovers they all share the same birthday. The same as Cody.
Based on the novel by Cathy Cash Spellman, Bless the Child is a religious-themes horror movie showing the struggle between good and evil. 1980s icon Basinger (9 1/2 Weeks, 1986) is good as the caring aunt who never gives up on the child while Smits (Rogue One, 2016) looks at home in the part of a FBI agent. But Sewell (The Illusionist, 2006) is a rather caricature villain and together with the poor CGI effects, it means the scares a spare and ineffective. The religious theme is strong in the movie and provides some good moments when there are small signs shown that Maggie and Cody are helped. If only the demonic presents were executed as elegantly, the movie would have been better. Despite horror elements, don’t expect this to keep you awake at night.
The bridge where the car “accident” takes place, is actually the Blue Water Bridge between Point Edward, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan. It was being “twinned” at the time, so the whole bridge was closed down for repairs, and was available for uninterrupted filming.
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