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Wicked Little Things (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  17 November 2006 (USA)
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Karen, Sarah, and Emma Tunney are all moving to a small town in Pennsylvania where, unknown to them, in 1913, a horrid mine accident trapped dozens of children alive, underground. But there's a problem. They're still alive.

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Karen
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Harold
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Aaron Hanks
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Tim
Chris Jamba ...
Sean
Julie Rogers ...
Lisa
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Mr. Carlton
Michael McCoy ...
Walter
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Bull Foreman
Helia Grekova ...
Mary
George Zlatarev ...
Explosives Captain
Atanas Srebrev ...
Russel
Vlado Mihailov ...
Trevor (as Vladimir Mihaylov)
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In 1913, in Carlton Mine, Addytown, Pennsylvania, the cruel owner of a mine uses poor children in the exploration and after an explosion, a group of children is buried alive. On the present days, Karen Tunny has just lost her husband after a long period of terminal disease when the family savings have been spent in the treatment. Without any money, she moves with her daughters Sarah and Emma to an old house in the mountains that belonged to her husband. Karen is advised by her neighbors to stay at home in the night, and Sarah hears that there are zombies in the area. When Emma becomes friend of Mary, he mother believes she is an imaginary friend. However, when Sarah's friends are attacked and eaten alive by zombie children and Emma vanishes, Karen and Sarah chase her nearby the mine. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, language, and some teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Tobe Hooper was initially attached to direct the film. See more »

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This film is set in Pennsylvania. All of the vehicles featured in this film have Pennsylvania license plates on the front and rear bumpers. In reality, all vehicles registered in the state only have one license plate and they are placed on the rear bumper. See more »

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Karen Tunny: [after the Tunnys first enter the old house] I wonder how old that Christmas Tree is?
Sarah Tunny: At least they had a Christmas.
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Streets of Laredo
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A Derivative Horror Film: Little Imagination, Little Homage
22 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young widow and her two daughters move to a new house in a Pennsylvanian mountain town. Soon, her daughter's imaginary friend starts to let the family know she's just a little too real.

This movie was enjoyable. I liked the characters (especially the older daughter and the neighbor Hanks) and the situations. The atmosphere was perfect and dark, as one would expect from a movie about zombies roaming through the woods. And the pacing was decent, revealing the story in a good speed.

The gore was decent: not over-the-top, but not ignored. Entrails are eaten and heads are smashed in. Sure, it's not as cool as "Necromantic" or "Anthropophagus", but it's alright. (Actually, since most of the film was so blah and standard fare, this Goldilocks level of gore should be no surprise.) Some blood scenes were welcome and I could have used more.

But this film is also riddled with countless clichés. An imaginary friend who might be real. Single mom with daughters moves to new town. Vehicles that won't start. Tripping in the middle of a running scene. I could probably go on.

Some good can be said. Chloe Moretz is really blossoming into a supreme actress, and this early work deserves to be seen. Scout Taylor-Compton is another genre favorite. And the DVD has audio commentary with director J. S. Cardone and actress Lori Heuring (though I haven't listened to it yet), so that's an extra treat for those who do enjoy the film.

I found the movie too "polished": the target seemed to be Hollywood and teenage girls, rather than those who would go to see a film festival called "8 Films to Die For" (which is where I saw this). The dirty, gritty scenes were just too clean. Sure, the movie was dark... but dark in a very sanitary way. (There are better ways to word this, but I don't know what they are.) If you don't see this film, that's fine. More than likely it will fade into the background and within a few years won't even be found on video store shelves. You'll see it on Netflix and be like "what is this?", but don't bother ordering it... for all the film lacks, it will probably lack even more in a few years as it becomes stale (if it hasn't already).


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