8-year-old Jenny (Violet McGraw) is constantly caught in the middle of the feuding between her lawyer mother Maggie (Mamie Gummer) and artist father Jeff (Rupert Friend). She leads a lonely but imaginative life, surrounded by puppets called "Grisly Kin", which are based on the works of her father. When Maggie is tragically killed in a hit-and-run, Jeff and Jenny try to piece together a new life. But when Maggie's father (Brian Cox) sues for custody, and babysitter Samantha (Madeline Brewer) tries to be the new woman of the house, life in their Brooklyn townhome takes a dark turn. The puppets and frightening characters come to life and Jenny is the only person who can see them. When the motives of the ghoulish creatures become clear, the lives of everyone are put very much in jeopardy.
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Cool Contortionist Clown. Not Much Else
Jeff and Maggie are a young couple having problems. Jeff is a former comic book writer who has been unable to duplicate his success leaving Maggie to support the family. Maggie, feeling frustrated with the marriage, decides to leave Jeff and take their young daughter Jenny with her.
Maggie isn't a nice person so her unexpected fate doesn't cause much sadness for the audience. Soon after, Jeff's convenient life size creations of his creepy comic book characters begin to come to life. At first in dreams and then in a seeming reality. Something also seems to be communicating with Jenny as she begins to space out and regresses to talking like a baby.
Sound good so far? Don't get your hopes up. The film has the setup for a great horror film. Unfortunately it never delivers as it fails to ever build any real tension. It just meanders. Rupert Friend is quite one note as Jeff. The part calls for more acting range and Friend just doesn't deliver. The whole film is also lit too darkly and at times I wanted to just close my eyes and nap.
Oh but that creepy clown. Think Linda Blair in The Exorcist doing the spider walk and you'll have an idea. If only it was in a better movie.
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