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A seemingly innocent and sweet little boy causes murder and mayhem in his new neighborhood and falls for the teenage girl next-door.


Dennis Dimster (as Dennis Dimster-Denk)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Bonsall ... Mikey
Josie Bissett ... Jessie Owens
Ashley Laurence ... Shawn Gilder
Mimi Craven ... Rachel Trenton
John Diehl ... Neil Trenton
Whit Hertford ... Ben Owens (as Whitby Hertford)
Lyman Ward ... Mr. Jenkins
David Rogge David Rogge ... David
Mark Venturini ... Det. Jack Reynolds
Laura Robinson Laura Robinson ... Grace Calvin
Peppi Sanders Peppi Sanders ... Mary Ellen Owens
Frank Sprague Frank Sprague ... Levinson
Frank Bridge Frank Bridge ... Mr. Fineberg
Beverly Piper Beverly Piper ... Mrs. Packard
Jean Fowler Jean Fowler ... Det. Hancock


Although Mikey is just a little boy, he is capable of anything.... Every family Mikey lives with has a series of unexplained "accidents" and hence he's moved from home to home. After his original family die, accidently, Mikey is taken by authorities and placed into the care of adoptive parents. Of course they eventually come to learn that Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1992 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mikey, el niño diabólico See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tapestry Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Following the James Bulger case and on the advice of three child psychiatrists this movie was rejected for a UK video certificate in 1996 by the BBFC. It has never been resubmitted to the BBFC and thus remains banned in the UK. See more »


In the opening credits Ashley Laurence's name is spelled Ashley Lawrence with a 'W'. Her name is really spelled Ashley Laurence with a 'U'. See more »


Jessie: [as she attempts to answer the phone call made to distract her while Mikey does his thing] Is this some kind of joke?
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References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »


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Can't escape it's exploitation roots
4 May 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

One of the forgotten films of those to feel the wrath of the 80's and 90's censorship madness, Mikey has a more genuinely sinister feel to it than the others. Still banned outright in the UK, it tells the story of a young boy name Mikey Holt (Brian Bonsall). We see him first of all getting told off by his adoptive parents for lighting a fire inside the house, so he gains revenge by murdering the lot of them. The father especially gets it bad as he receives a baseball bat to the head from our pubeless protagonist. Unable to solve the murder, the police are quick to relocate Mikey with a new family, who at first warm to their lovable new son. But as he falls for his best friend's sister, and his behaviour starts to get stranger, his school teacher begins to suspect something is not quite right.

Generally thought of as being a 'video nasty', this wasn't actually on the official government list. Strange, considering it is far worse than the majority of the others. What it does share with a lot of the ones that did make the list, such as The Driller Killer and Blood Feast, is that it does lack in quality. Mikey obviously has a bit of a budget, but it's filmed in that TV Movie Of The Week style that makes it look like it should star Shannon Tweed. A lot of the plot developments either don't make sense or are just unrealistic, such as his current teacher phoning his old school and asking them about Mikey (as she suspects something is amiss), only for the teacher on the other end of the phone to give her everything she knows about him straight away. The film has been compared to Child's Play, but Mikey doesn't share the former's comic humour. A decent idea, but the film can't seem to escape it's exploitation roots.


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