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Little Erin Merryweather (2003)

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Once upon a time, death preyed upon a New England college campus. Rumors swirl that "if you see a flash of red, you're dead!" Local golden boy, Peter Bloom (David Morwick) investigates the ... See full summary »

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Erin Merryweather
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Peter Bloom
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Dr. Paula Sheffield
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Joe Havey
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Erin (age 8)
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Teddy McGovern (as Brandon Johnson)
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Sean Kelleher (as Marcus Bonnée)
Phil Darovic ...
Kyle Andrews
Danielle Budlong ...
Chrissy Dewhurst
James Henderson ...
Billy Watkins
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Dr. Tim Fitzgerald (as William Mahoney)
Heather Little ...
Amy Thatcher
Lisa Nunn ...
Professor Nancy Morrissey
Josef Wille ...
John Merryweather
Janelle Loring ...
Erin (Age 12) (scenes deleted)
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Once upon a time, death preyed upon a New England college campus. Rumors swirl that "if you see a flash of red, you're dead!" Local golden boy, Peter Bloom (David Morwick) investigates the grisly killings until the stakes grow higher and the body count mounts. Suddenly, Peter's search becomes a fight for survival in a fairy tale world full of nightmares. Written by Film Forum - 1

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Rated R for violent content and language
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Both David Morwick and Vigdis Anholt are both classically trained theater actors who met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as students. See more »

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The climax scene where Vigdis Anholt is throwing David Morwick up against the stacks in the library, actor David Morwick yells,"please stop". This was not part of the script since David threw his back out during this scene. See more »

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Dr. Paula Sheffield: What is evil? What is the nature of evil? Is there any such thing as evil?
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Chills and Thrills
5 December 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

New York, New York Film Fr.Pan.

New England is the physical and psychic backdrop for LITTLE ERIN MERRYWEATHER, a stunning film that manages to be both cerebral and terrifying. For anyone who has watched American horror films over the last thirty years, this is no mean achievement. Most of the bumper crop consists of cheap thrills, bad acting, laughable dialogue, gloriously nihilistic exsanguination scenes that mean nothing and only signify an audience as banal and boring as these slash-and-gash films. Prepared for the horror equivalent of a Brecht play: it will transform the audience and expectations about what the genre can do when it is permitted to move beyond its creaky conventions.

Vigdis Anholt plays Erin, a college student with a dark past, and even darker secret, whose existence is neither quite lived in reality or within the fairy tales she writes. She moves through these thresholds with dreadful consequences and the mental geographies she travels soon moves her beyond the human. Well, this may not be entirely true, and my ambivalence about commenting about her transformation has as much to do with Anholt's acting as much as the well-crafted script. In one of the most nuanced acting performances of the past few years, Anholt demonstrates how long we've been waiting for an innovative character in the horror genre. Her ability to make herself vulnerable and wicked simultaneously is moving (not typically an adjective one attributes to actors in horror films); finally, a feminine embodiment of accidental evil who is active, not passive, empowered and completely sui generis. A performance worthy of a Bergman actress. Her excellence is complemented by the rest of the cast, most notably David Morwick, as Peter, the student who removes the cloak of evil and rids the world of one of the most memorable characters you'll meet (should we applaud or scorn him for this job well done? Moral ambiguity towards murderers is inevitable in this case). Morwick, amid many solid performances, is the most natural; the character inhabits him and his sensitivity reflects a fine-tuning of the young adult roles that so often become overacting, oversexed, overkill all too often. So we have a killer possessed by family demons and a male lead possessed by his character: let's be thankful that there are no exorcism scenes.

I saw this film at the New York City Horror Film Festival and was overwhelmed by my viewing. The rest of the audience would concur, or so their gasps, nervous whispers, and intermittent screams would infer. The French philosopher Pascal once wrote of his fear of open spaces. The Director of Photography Michael Marius Pessah should be complimented for inflecting his widescreen vision with a tension and force that suggests terror thrives in the open air, not just in tight, dark pockets. Agoraphobics take warning! David Lean's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA comes to mind as a reference point; in each, the camera's wide-scope takes on a life all on its own, as if it were itself a character in the action. LITTLE ERIN MERRYWEATHER is a refreshing example of the industriousness of small-budget films graced with acting chops and intelligent writing. Go see it and prepare to be surprised, terrified, and delighted.


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