icon Film Profile: Case 39 - (2008)
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6.1/10 Stars
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3/10 Stars
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"Some cases should never be opened."


  • Director: Christian Alvart
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Studio: Paramount Vantage
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 110 Mins

Social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) fosters a ten-year-old girl she seemingly saves from atrocious child abuse. But when Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) begins showing her true demonic colours and causes Jenkins's friends to die in horrific ways, the social worker realises the parents were acting in self-defence. While the viewer will remain one step ahead of the story at all times, director Christian Alvart (Antibodies) manages to keep the emotionally charged events moving at a fair clip to gloss over the mounting credibility problems. Loaded with startling imagery and inventive deaths (the standout is a hornet infestation nightmare), it's still the sneaky left-field shocks with which Alvart punctuates the increasingly action-orientated narrative that provide the most effective jolts. Zellweger does stunned bewilderment well, but it's Tideland star Ferland who truly shines as the manipulative fiend hiding behind wide-eyed, butter-wouldn't-melt innocence.
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Cast List:
Emily Jenkins : Renée Zellweger
Lilith Sullivan : Jodelle Ferland
Detective Mike Barron : Ian McShane
Doug : Bradley Cooper
Edward Sullivan : Callum Keith Rennie
Wayne : Adrian Lester
Margaret Sullivan : Kerry O'Malley
Nancy : Cynthia Stevenson
Diego Ramirez : Alexander Conti
Javier : Philip Cabrita

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