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The Fair Haired Child 

A warlock couple abduct a young teenage girl to sacrifice her to a mysterious and evil entity as an offering to resurrect their long-dead boy.

Director:

William Malone

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Matt Greenberg
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lori Petty ... Judith
William Samples William Samples ... Anton
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Tara
Ian A. Wallace Ian A. Wallace ... Math Teacher (as Ian Wallace)
Haley Morrison Haley Morrison ... Teenage Girl
Jesse Haddock Jesse Haddock ... Johnny
Walter Phelan ... Johnny Thing
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Storyline

The virgin teenager Tara is outcast in school and neglected by her mother. While riding her bike back home from school, she is drugged, kidnapped and brought to an isolated mansion by the insane pianist Anton. His cellist wife Judith lures Tara to obtain personal information, and then they lock her in the basement where she meets their son Johnny trying to commit suicide. Tara discovers that the creepy couple lost their son drowned in a lake twelve years ago, and have made a pact with a demon to bring him back to life. The price would be the sacrifice of twelve teenagers, and Tara is the last one. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

When Judith is playing the cello, her fingers are not in the right positions at all. See more »

Connections

Featured in Working with a Master: William Malone (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No 7 in A Major op. 92
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Wasted potential
29 January 2007 | by DeadpoolXSee all my reviews

I question William Malone's status as a "master" of horror, but that goes for the majority of the directors Mick Garris has assembled to helm the series. "The Fair-Haired Child" is a middle-of-the-road episode with a lot of potential that's largely wasted. The music hall setting is atmospheric but underused. The monster is unsettling and well-designed, but we don't see enough of it. It's been a while since we've seen Lori Petty, who's starting to show her age, and she's not given much to work with here; it seems odd to give an actress primarily known for her kinetic goofiness such a stiff and humorless character. "The Fair-Haired Child" is one of those episodes that could have been better as a feature-length film. It certainly would have benefited from a less irritating protagonist; the kidnapped girl is unbearably shrill and seems to get dumber as the episode progresses. There were a few mildly frightening sequences here, and some skillful visual direction from time to time, but I can't justify a rating higher than a 6. It's not bad, but it's far from masterful.


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