Having embezzled a small fortune and attempting to lay low, Robert Burger (Sir John Hurt) and his mistress Dorothea (Karen Young) choose a remote rental property which in unobtrusive. But they soon make the grave mistake of befriending two nine-year-old girls, Thelma (Cassie Barasch) and Elizabeth (Ellie Raab), who live close by. Behind her seemingly cute and innocent façade, Thelma is a scheming, precocious brat who intrudes upon the couple's life and photographs the pair and ultimately discovers their dark little secret. With Elizabeth's help, they proceed to blackmail the bemused, unsuspecting twosome. But events eventually begin to unravel leading the pseudo-angelic brat to resort to twisted and evil crimes, meaning the lives of those associated with her gradually descend in to Hell.
She's spying on two strangers, she's about to murder her best friend and she's only nine years old!
19 October 1989 (Hungary)
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The restaurant, from which Robert watches his car, is The Grill, whose sign can be seen just before the shotgun shooting near the end. The Grill was a restaurant in Historic Downtown Apalachicola that existed since 1903, though by 2011, it had changed its name to Apalachicola Seafood Grill, 100 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida, whereupon it changed its name atop the building from "The Grill" to "Seafood Grill". Most of the downtown scenes were filmed within sight of this restaurant, that is located at the corner of Market Street and Avenue E, especially in the direction of the waterfront, including Old Time Soda Fountain (where the girls buy shakes), Lanier Pharmacy (by which the girls walk), Marie's Laundryland (where Billy break-dances), Chevron (past which Robert flees), Seahorse Gift Jewelry Florist (across from where Little Billy climbs a fence), Dallas Furniture (where Robert is shot), a used car lot (where a trash truck stops), a phone booth (where a Police Officer reports in), and the area around the "Selz Royal Blue" brick building near the waterfront (by which the pursuing officers run). See more
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