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Wicked (1998)

14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stiles ... Ellie Christianson
Louise Myrback Louise Myrback ... Lena Anderson
William R. Moses ... Ben Christianson
Chelsea Field ... Karen Christianson
Vanessa Zima ... Inger Christianson
Patrick Muldoon ... Lawson Smith
Linda Hart ... Mrs. Potter
Casey Rion ... Leon
Michael Parks ... Detective Boland
Patrick McTavish Patrick McTavish ... Bobby Smith
Connie Blankenship Connie Blankenship ... Mrs. Smith
Venessa Verdugo ... Police Woman
Kyle Sabihy Kyle Sabihy ... Snuffy Holmes
Sterling Macer Jr. ... Detective Ritchie (as Sterling Macer)
Beano ... Forensic Cop
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English

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17 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Officer: So you do think it was him?
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For The Love Of Daddy
12 December 2002 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Oedipal lolita movies (what a combination) really haven't been done much. This movie is not about the horror without (Jason Voorhees, etc.), but the horror within, right down to setting the movie inside a "gated community".

This is a great little horror movie set as a family drama. However, when it started I was almost groaning - oh no, not another movie aimed at _that_ demographic! When Ellie drives her Toyota (are 14-year olds allowed to drive?) into her gated community and threatens to run away "to Los Angeles" with her pink suitcase again and again, I was seriously questioning what direction the movie was going to take. However, after mom gets offed and Ellie starts taking over her role and even her clothes, things started to get interesting (although I can't believe Julia Stiles and Chelsea Field having the same size, but that's just a quibble).

When ex-nanny (and now lover/wife) Lena tells Ellie that it's just natural to have a crush on daddy and that she'll soon have sex with a real boyfriend and forget all about it, she is exhibiting what in Puritan influenced Anglosaxon cultures would be attempted to be beaten down as "sluttiness" but what in the rest of Northwestern Europe is simply straightforwardness/sobriety/matter-of-fact-ness, etc. I cannot emphasise enough that I liked the Louise Myrback's Lena character _a lot_. No bs, just the facts. I like that.

Anyway. There are lots of "moments" in this movie that defy that normal horror movie chills. When they're all sleeping in the same bed and father Ben calls his dead wife's name and Ellie responds with "daddy...". Michael Parks as the Mark Fuhrman-like character. Just the sort of guy you would like sniffing around your everyday business. Right.

Wicked is a pretty good little entry into the horror movie genre.


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