We've all seen them, right? We're at the supermarket, trying to shop in peace when we stroll down the cereal aisle and see that frustrated mom in ratty sweats, frazzled hair pulled back into something resembling a ponytail. Exhaustion is etched into her skin like tribal markings and the look in her eye suggests sanity is merely one of her past lovers. A few feet from her is Little Johnny, her pride and joy. Above the din of our fellow shoppers we hear his soul-piercing shriek of death because his mother did the one thing he could not imagine her doing. She said no. This edition of Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, is dedicated to all the Little Johnnies out there. It's all about villainous children.
Villainous Child: Angela Baker
(1983)One day, someone had an idea for a movie. They said 'let's rip off Friday the 13th (itself a rip-off) and give it an even more bizarre twist. With that they made Sleepaway Camp. The particulars are that Angela, who has been living with her aunt ever since her parents were killed in a boating accident, is sent to summer camp. Soon enough, people there start getting killed...one by one. It's pretty standard slasher fare. Well, it's standard until we get to that twist, one of the most famous in cinematic history. And I still won't spoil it, here.
Villainous Child: Gage Creed
(1989)There's a place in Maine that seems to be full of magic. It's a very dark magic, but magic nonetheless. It's a cemetery where people have buried their pets and had them come back to life. Sounds great for those that weren't ready to lose a beloved animal. When the Creed family loses their very young son, they bury him up there. Let's just say he's not the same kid when he comes back.
The Good Son
Villainous Child: Henry Evans
(1993)Most of you know that Macaulay Culkin is the cute kid from the Home Alone movies, the first two, at least. Culkin's dad wanted him to start taking more serious roles. I've no clue why, the dude hadn't even hit puberty, yet. Anyhoo, the result is this critically panned piece so bad it's awesome craptacularity, Culkin plays a young boy who terrorizes everyone, but no one knows he's responsible except his cousin who is the same age. The cousin is played by a very young Elijah Wood.
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