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Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991)

PG-13 | | Horror | TV Movie 1 May 1991
A catholic priest is sent out to investigate two alleged virgin births, one is about to give birth to the son of God, the other the son of the devil.

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Marina Sargenti

Writers:

James Patterson (novel), Brian Taggert (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Denison ... Father O'Carroll (as Anthony John Denison)
Brad Davis ... Dr. Phinney
Paxton Whitehead ... Father Rosetti
Claudette Nevins ... Lenore Beavier
Sydney Penny ... Margaret Gallagher
Kristin Dattilo ... Kathleen Beavier
Alan Oppenheimer ... George Beavier
Eric Christmas ... Father Francesca
Richard McKenzie ... Father Guarini
Viveca Lindfors ... Ida Walsh
Sela Ward ... Sister Anne
Josh Lucas ... John L. Jordan III (as Joshua Lucas)
John DeMita ... Vatican priest
Mark Tassoni Mark Tassoni ... Michael Sheedy
Peter Holden ... Michael's gang
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Storyline

A Catholic priest is sent to investigate reports of two virgin conceptions. One is about to give birth to the child of God and the other is the child of the Devil and he must decide which one is good and which one is evil before Satan's followers can stop him. Written by S. Stephens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The novel "Virgin" , used for the movie "Child of Darkness, Child of Light", has been re-titled as "Cradle and All" around the early 2000's and been re-released in hardback this year. See more »

Goofs

At one point the Dr. Phinney claims to have thoroughly examined Margaret's vaginal tissue and that he found it 'totally undisturbed', from which he claims that she has "never even masturbated". There is no test or examination that can give this result so if he has done this all he has done is carried out an invalid test and, essentially, sexually assaulted her. We're supposed to trust this guy? See more »

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A real bore
23 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

CHILD OF DARKNESS, CHILD OF LIGHT has an intriguing title but turns out to be a completely pointless TV movie that readily copies the likes of THE OMEN alongside ROSEMARY'S BABY. The storyline sees a priest investigating a prophecy which tells of two births: one child will be good, one evil, and he has to figure out which is which.

The movie plays out low-key for the most part, at least until the very silly ending, and this makes it a real bore to sit through. The problem with religious-themed films is that the characters are often boring and that's the case with the protagonists here. It says something that TV veteran Sela Ward (THE STEPFATHER) ends up playing the most interesting person in it, and that's hardly saying much.

There is the potential for interest here and there, with allusions to Biblical plagues and the like, but sadly these are kept off-screen for the most part in favour of the dullish detective story. Perhaps better actors would have improved this, but I doubt it; some nice location shots are all you're going to find here. Otherwise, it's completely underwhelming.


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