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Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991)

PG-13 | | Horror | TV Movie 1 May 1991
A Catholic priest is sent to investigate reports of two virgin conceptions. One is about to give birth to the child of God and the other is the child of the Devil and he must decide which ... See full summary »

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Father O'Carroll (as Anthony John Denison)
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Dr. Phinney
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Father Rosetti
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Lenore Beavier
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Margaret Gallagher
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Kathleen Beavier
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George Beavier
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Father Francesca
Richard McKenzie ...
Father Guarini
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Ida Walsh
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Sister Anne
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John L. Jordan III (as Joshua Lucas)
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Vatican priest
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Michael Sheedy
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Michael's gang
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A Catholic priest is sent to investigate reports of two virgin conceptions. One is about to give birth to the child of God and the other is the child of the Devil and he must decide which one is good and which one is evil before Satan's followers can stop him. Written by S. Stephens

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The novel "Virgin" , used for the movie "Child of Darkness, Child of Light", has been re-titled as "Cradle and All" around the early 2000's and been re-released in hardback this year. See more »

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At one point the Dr. Phinney claims to have thoroughly examined Margaret's vaginal tissue and that he found it 'totally undisturbed', from which he claims that she has "never even masturbated". There is no test or examination that can give this result so if he has done this all he has done is carried out an invalid test and, essentially, sexually assaulted her. We're supposed to trust this guy? See more »

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A solid and quite effective TV horror film
24 December 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Child of Darkness, Child of Light is a TV horror movie that doesn't appear to have a very good reputation. I cannot go along with the negativity though, as I think this is a pretty decent effort overall. It is a religious themed horror movie that focuses on that old staple of the genre – the birth of the Antichrist. Except there is a twist here in that there are not one but two virgin births, both of which have been prophesied to spawn not only the Antichrist but the Christ as well. A priest is sent by the Vatican to try and determine which is which.

It's pretty obviously a television production in fairness, with obvious restrictions in place regarding the content. But equally, the TV production values ensure that it's professionally made and solid on the whole. The storyline is well enough handled, with decent pacing. There are also some well-staged scenes and surprises along the way. The cast has a few familiar faces such as Brad 'Midnight Express' Davis as a doctor, not long before his untimely death and a blink-and-you'll-miss him appearance by future star Brendan Fraser. All-in-all, this is more than decent for a TV horror film; if you go into it with realistic expectations it should entertain you.


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