A seemingly innocent and sweet little boy causes murder and mayhem in his new neighborhood and falls for the teenage girl next-door.


(as Dennis Dimster-Denk)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Owens (as Whitby Hertford)
Mr. Jenkins
David Rogge ...
Mark Venturini ...
Det. Jack Reynolds
Laura Robinson ...
Grace Calvin
Peppi Sanders ...
Mary Ellen Owens
Frank Sprague ...
Frank Bridge ...
Mr. Fineberg
Beverly Piper ...
Mrs. Packard
Jean Fowler ...
Det. Hancock


Although Mikey is just a little boy, he is capable of anything.... Every family Mikey lives with has a series of unexplained "accidents" and hence he's moved from home to home. After his original family die, accidently, Mikey is taken by authorities and placed into the care of adoptive parents. Of course they eventually come to learn that Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1992 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Mikey, el niño diabólico  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of very few films banned in the UK, but not the Republic of Ireland. See more »


When Mikey goes to the animal cage in the classroom, he is wearing a black shirt. When he turns around to see the teacher, his shirt is red. When he comes to talk to the teacher, the shirt is black again. See more »


[David is in a hot tub with a radio right next to it.]
Mikey: Life is full of accidents.
David: What are you talking about?
Mikey: The radio... it's not safe.
David: Why not?
[Mikey kicks the radio in the hot tub. David gets electrocuted.]
Mikey: They can kill you.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


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Good if you like cheering for the killer!
3 September 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is actually one of those films that's so bad it's kind of funny. The only character of any intelligence or possible sympathy is the central psycho - in this case a kid. The adults are so pathetically naive, and blunder into fatal situations so easily, that it's ludicrously funny to watch. My guess is that this film is a cheap attack at 80s liberal politics - the story is so blatantly one-sided.


The central killer has such an easy time of it that the plot is almost boring. No one seems to have the remotest chance of catching up to him. He has the uncanny ability to push everyone's buttons exactly the right way. He's so brilliant he can apparently outwit a professional child psychologist without any hassle. He even manages to disarm a gun placed on a table right under the nose of a school principal on the phone. Admittedly some of the coincidences are totally ridiculous, especially the bit with the skeleton that happens to be of a child his age exactly.

If you enjoy the type of story where a psycho killer is running effortless rings around everyone else in the cast, then you may get a wicked thrill from this movie. If you only like sensible stories where the nice ordinary people eventually win and no-one ever really gets hurt, I suggest you avoid this one like the plague.

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