Cradle of Fear (2001)

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A gruesome homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four screamplays all linked by the unspeakable need of an incarcerated child killer to wreak vengeance on those... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dani Filth ...
The Man
Mel (as Emily Bouffante)
Stuart Laing ...
Inspector Neilson
Louie Brownsell ...
David McEwen ...
Willie Evans ...
The Short Man
Emma Rice ...
Melissa Forti ...
The Old Man
Chief Inspector Roper
Sara Kunz ...
Dr. Ross (as Sarah Kunz)
Mark Rathbone ...
Pringle (as Mark Rossi)


A gruesome homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four screamplays all linked by the unspeakable need of an incarcerated child killer to wreak vengeance on those responsible for his imprisonment. Helped by deranged angel Dani Filth, who leaves a trail of charnel house death in his crimson wake, the cannibal convict forces two Goth vamps to endure a one night stand from hell, two tough female robbers to see through each other, an obscenely rich coke-head to chop up more than a few lines and an internet surfer to descend into madness when he uncovers the ultimate web depravity. Written by Anonymous

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It's Not If They Die... It's How




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4 July 2001 (UK)  »

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Nascido do Inferno  »

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Did You Know?


The doctor that Nick visits is Dr. H. West, a probable reference to H.P. Lovecraft's "Herbert West-Reanimator." H.P. Lovecraft was also responsible for writing other Gothic works such as Call of Cthulhu which were inspirations to Cradle of Filth. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, Emily Booth's character visits her friend's apartment. As her friend brings out refreshments you can see what appears to be a camera shoot in on the left side of the frame and then slowly move its way out of the shot. See more »


Detective Neilson: You don't need to say it Sir. Four murders in one week and now solid lead is a piss poor show I know, but that new computer system's a load of old wank, with all due respect. For every piece of crap we type in we get a load more bollocks back.
Chief Inspector Roper: That's not what I wanted to talk about Pete. I've had a worrying call from Joe, the photographer. Something about you touching the dead bodies...
Detective Neilson: Yes Sir, it's just something I have to do.
Chief Inspector Roper: Okay. Any particular reason?
Detective Neilson: To make sure they really are dead.
Chief Inspector Roper: ...
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References Breathless (1960) See more »


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Strange But Entertaining Splatter Film...
19 April 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

I didn't have very high-hopes going into CRADLE OF FEAR. The first scene shows some "scary" goth-kid killing some guys in an alley, with pretty poor gore FX and an insanely obvious SOV feel to it. Number one

  • people who dress up like vampires at an S&M party are about the most

un-scary things humanly possible - and two - I typically don't care for extremely obvious SOV you can see as how from the first five minutes I didn't think I would be feelin' this one. I have to admit though, that as it went along, CRADLE OF FEAR ended up being quite entertaining, despite (and in some cases because of...) it's numerous flaws...

The film is made up of four vignettes that center around a mental patient who was a hypnotist and child rapist/murderer. In each vignette, one or more people die in different splattery ways, that are related to people that had to do with the hypnotist's incarceration. The stories themselves are all relatively entertaining: the first dealing with the same goth kid from the beginning (who is apparently mind-controlled by the hypnotist) who bones a semi-hot goth whore and some crazy baby/spider-thing busts out of her stomach. The next has two friends who rob an old man and the robbery goes seriously wrong. The next is about a one-legged guy who goes to seek a "donor" for his missing leg, and the last (and in my opinion, most interesting) story deals with a kid who becomes obsessed with a snuff web-site. The four stories are all semi-amusing excuses to show some tits and gore, and still stay within the context of the film...

CRADLE OF FEAR is a very disjointed film. The way it's shot makes it look like a bad UK soap-opera. There are some decent performances from some of the cast - others are atrocious. There are a few sets of decent goth-chick tits in this one, and that's never a bad thing. Some of the gore FX are convincing or at least decent - others suck completely. There are a few CGI special FX that are so bad they're absolutely hilarious (car-chase/crash, anyone???) - but somehow this mess of a film still works. It is a little long, clocking in at a solid two hours, and could probably use a little bit of a trim, but even so - it manages to stay pretty quick-paced and entertaining throughout. Not a great film by any stretch - but it's quirky and worth a look to splatter fans...8/10

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