I’ve said many times before that I greatly enjoy original horror. But I also appreciate revisiting existing staples of the genre as well, just as long as they bring something new to the table. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to watch a film with a plot synopsis that is all-too familiar yet promising something new, only to be disappointed once again because it only rehashes what I’ve already seen a hundred times over.
I’m happy to report CHILD EATER does not fit into that category. Sure, there are plenty of films out there that contain a “boogeyman” of sorts in the closet or basement, but this one brings plenty of tension and scares along with it. Crammed full of gore and terror, CHILD EATER is a horror film you’ll revisit again!
If you are not familiar with CHILD EATER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of
A babysitter. A missing kid. A local legend who feasts on the eyes of children. CHILD EATER is a nightmarish roller-coaster ride of a horror movie inspired by the fantastical tone of the 1980s. When little Lucas goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight and a fierce determination to find him.
I love the simplicity of the setup here. It’s your basic babysitter-and-kid-in-a-town-with-a-terrible-legend scenario. But no matter how many times you might have seen it, this movie brings along thrills and chills as well. The result is a satisfying and entertaining experience all the way around.
CHILD EATER is shot well and looks good onscreen. Much of the film takes place in low-light settings, therefore the atmosphere is consistently dark and foreboding thanks to this. I have to commend the production team as well on their use of low-lighting; many times, the picture is grainy and hard to make out…not so here. The film looks good from pretty much all angles.
The acting is surprisingly sharp as well. Cait Bliss does a great job as the babysitter, Helen. I had some misgivings about her in the role as the film started, but those were quickly dismissed as she warmed to the role. Her co-star, Lucas Parker, who plays her charge, Colin, does an excellent job as well. I hope to see both onscreen in the future.
The story in CHILD EATER is familiar, however it is the execution of it that brings the real fun for this film. The tension is thick, thanks to the way the film is shot, and it drips from every frame. There are plenty of taught, fright-filled scenes that will make you cringe and squirm, along with a nice helping of gore.
And speaking of gore, the special effects look great, and I would love to see what this team could do with an even bigger budget. Still, there’s plenty of carnage to appease gore-hounds. Even the effects of the Child Eater himself, Robert Bowery, are chilling and lifelike. I had no problem believing the character was real.
My sole complaint about CHILD EATER is the lack development in the titular character. Granted, we are given a little bit of information about him, however we are not fully vested with who he is. This isn’t a detractor from the film at all, however I do feel it worth mentioning.
CHILD EATER is a big win for me, and I highly recommend it. Fans of film icons like Freddy Krueger will love to dig into this one. Just make sure you watch it with the lights on…and check your closet twice before you go to bed! CHILD EATER is available now.