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Release Date:
March 1977 (USA) See more »
Let's play hide and go kill...!
A newly-hired housekeeper in a remote area is alarmed to discover that her boss's eleven-year-old daughter... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Slow but effectively odd and unnerving slice of drive in horror fare. See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Laurel Barnett ... Alicianne Del Mar
Rosalie Cole ... Rosalie Nordon
Frank Janson ... Nordon
Richard Hanners ... Len Nordon
Ruth Ballan ... Mrs. Whitfield (as Ruth Ballen)
Slosson Bing Jong ... Gardener
Rod Medigovich ... Priest / Creature
Wendell Hudiburg ... Pall Bearer
Chris Tieken ... Jefferson
Ralph Lucas ... Creature
Jim Dickson ... Creature
Chick Cavanaugh ... Creature
Anoosh Avan ... Creature

Directed by
Robert Voskanian 
Writing credits
Ralph Lucas 

Produced by
Robert Dadashian .... producer
Harry H. Novak .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rob Wallace 
Cinematography by
Mori Alavi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Dadashian 
Robert Voskanian 
Art Direction by
Mori Alavi 
Makeup Department
Francine Cornfield .... assistant makeup artist
Jay Owens .... creature makeup
Production Management
Smith Johnson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Smith Johnson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jim Bryan .... sound effects editor
Jim Bryan .... supervising sound editor
John McDonald .... sound
Robert Rosen .... boom operator
Andy Sells .... special audio effects
Special Effects by
Jay Owens .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Baiza .... assistant camera
Henry Black .... grip
Wendell Hudiburg .... lighting
Shaw Lance .... grip
Katsuhiko Ogawa .... camera operator
Jeff Widen .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Larry Max .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Platt .... musical production supervisor
Michael Quatro .... performer: Polymoog synthesizer
Michael Quatro .... programmer: Polymoog synthesizer
Other crew
Julie Connors .... assistant to producer
Ralph Lucas .... dialogue coach
Rod Medigovich .... script supervisor

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82 min | Germany:85 min (DVD version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (VHS) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) | USA:R

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The film was shot mostly on short ends.See more »
Anachronisms: Len's hairstyle and clothing do not match the film's 1930s setting.See more »
Rosalie Nordon:I hate grapefruit!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Slow but effectively odd and unnerving slice of drive in horror fare., 31 January 2010
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

Although the 70's was an era for horror racked with oddities, The Child has to be one of the more unusual ones that I've seen for a while, a mixture of evil child tropes, zombies and psychic strangeness all bound in a world a good distance away from our ordinary one. Its locations and atmosphere in fact are source of a good deal of its power, being something of a slow-burner it gets a tremendous lift from the feel that nothing and nobody in the film except its attractive young heroine is normal. A small cast, isolated setting, overwhelming synthesiser laden score from Rob Wallace and a barest minimum of regular behaviour for the audience to relate to, The Child is a dislocated, disorientating and unpredictable experience from the get go, even its quiet moments are warped by offbeat angles and lighting and the often sketchy picture quality gave it the appearance of a lost foreboding relic. The plot sees pleasant young Alicianne Del Mar employed to the Nordon residence to take care of curious daughter Rosalie, only to get caught up in the horrors of Rosalies psychic vengeance on those she regards as responsible for the death of her mother. The truth of these past events, why Rosalie has her powers, why her father has such a macabre sense of humour and her brother is relatively normal, all is up in the air, mysteries for the viewer to cast their own interpretation. The slow pace and lack of explanations make for a less than exciting experience in the first half, but the film is a slowly stirring experience with creepy images (zombies cresting a horizon, a Jack O Lantern in the dark) and good time wrung from director Robert Voskanians adept sense of unhinged atmospherics. Then when gore and nastiness rears its head or the film speeds up for its climax it has all the more impact, its shonky grue effective despite cheap nature. Its all a strange experience and not, it has to be said a conventionally "good" film. It also lacks the pace to pick up plaudits from all that many trash fans and its acting (or voice dubbing) is not the most involving, though Rosalie Cole is agreeably sinister as the titular evil brat and Laurel Barnet quietly lovable as Alicianne. Altogether I liked it quite a bit, though I did find it a bit slow, its mostly recommended for grindhouse afficionados and strangeness buffs I think.

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