So far I have watched a couple of slasher movies, one movie I can't say what it was about since it will give to much of it away, and two ghost stories. Given the basic plot outline for Wicked Little Things, I was expecting another ghost story. To my surprise it isn't a ghost story but I'm not really sure if that is a good thing. I didn't mind the change of pace. Sure I have my favorite subgenres but I love horror movies in general. There isn't one I won't watch, as this blog will attest to.
Wicked Little Things starts off in the year 1913. We see some kids working in a mine when an accident happens and burries the kids inside of the mine. We find out later that the owner of the mine was cleared of any wrong doing through some newspaper clips. From there we jump forward to the present time and meet Karen Tunny (Lori Heuring). She is moving her family after her husband had passed away. She finds out that her husband's family owns a house outside a small Pennsylvania town. Since he had ownership of the house she decides to live there. The reasons, there is a quick think about health reasons, are never to clear as to why she decides this. She has two daughters, Sarah (Scout Taylor-Compton) and Emma (Chloe Moretz). Sarah is the oldest and more against the move.
They notice some strange things right away. Like blood on the door and talk about zombies in the hills around the house. Emma hears something like childrens laughter and goes to check it out. She gets deeper and deeper into the woods though. Once Karen discovers this, she goes out in search of her daughter. Eventually she finds Emma just outside of the old mine. As they head back home they get lost and soon enough it is dark out. They come across the home of Hanks (Ben Cross). Hanks knows about the kids and knows that blood on the door will keep them away. But is it already to late for them all?
The effects are a little more gory this time around. The kids themselves don't really look like zombies. They are pale of course and have a cuts here and there but you won't find flesh hanging off of them which would make a little more sense since they have been dead for a long time now. Hanks says at one point that they hunger and that they do. They carry things around that you would find in a mine, pick ax, shovels and the like and they know how to use them. When they do use them on us humans, the blood goes flying. We also get to see some of the kids chowing down on some pig and human meat.
The acting from the main leads was real good. Out of the three, I think Scout Taylor-Compton impressed me the most. By the way, she is signed up for the remake of Halloween playing the part of Laurie Strode. If you want to know how she will be in a horror movie, this is a good way to find out. You will also find Geoffrey Lewis. He has a small part to play but it was good to see him in a horror movie. I was going to list some of the kids that played the zombies but none of them are listed on IMDb.
Wicked Little Things is a movie I enjoyed. It had some good acting and effects. The story, while nothing to really brag about, wasn't all that bad. I have certainly seen less story played out of the screen before. The reason I didn't out right love this movie is two fold. First there are the kids. To me, they just weren't all the scary. The way the kids looked and the story around them felt more like this should have been a ghost story instead of a movie about zombies. Most times there is a reason for zombies and I just couldn't figure out why they would be zombies. Ghosts, at least movie ghosts, can have their revenge so I just didn't see the point of having zombies. The other reason was that at first it seemed like we were only dealing with a handfull of kids. That was all that talked about for the most part and they showed us some pictures of some of the kids but it was always the same kids in the pictures. I could be wrong but each time they showed the kids, in the woods or where ever they were at the time, it felt like I was seeing more and more kids each time.
A plot hole that I, and others, found is that we are told the kids won't attack their own blood. One of the girls who died was a Tunny. That means mom is fair game but the oldest daughter shouldn't be. Yet they do attack the oldest daughter. Of course that doesn't mean they were going to hurt her but it was strange. Then again, maybe she wasn't of Tunny blood. Over all it wasn't to bad of a movie. I never got a creepy vibe from it but I still liked that they actually had some kids as zombies. Not something you see very often. To bad they didn't look the part a little more.
3 out of 5 Pig and human guts look a lot alike
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