Halloween Disc-A-Day 2017: Day 28 – Wicked Little Things

Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  Up next from my new batch of used dvds, I’ve got Wicked Little Things.

IMDb: Wicked Little Things (17 November 2006)
Karen, Sarah, and Emma Tunney are all moving to a small town in Pennsylvania where, unknown to them, in 1913, a horrid mine accident trapped dozens of children alive, underground. But there’s a problem. They’re still alive.

This is the last movie I’ll be talking about from the After Dark Horrorfest collection that I’ve been watching.  The fourth film is Unrest which I’ve already seen, so it doesn’t count.  Anyway, it’s time to get down to business.  This movie takes multiple stereotypical pieces of horror movie, plays them out exactly the way you think they would, but still manages to make that fairly interesting.  The initial setup is a single mom and her daughters moving into a family-owned property in the mountains left by her recently deceased husband.  Some child miners (aka minor miners) where buried alive when management blew them up.  It feels like they began with the intention the children would be ghosts.  The younger daughter befriends one, gets a blackened doll, the whole nine yards.  Then we start to see the childrens’ nightly activities where they are just straight up zombies.  They did have a kind of unique spin on them by adopting the “black-eyed children” look.  Google that phrase if you aren’t familiar with it.  Also, these are kind of revenge zombies after the descendant of the man that caused their deaths.  That guy was easily the worst actor in the movie.  All the other main characters have been in bigger movies.  All I want out of the shit-heel villain is a little scenery chewing, but this guy is barely trying in what should be his big moments.  In spite of that, I think this comes together well enough.

I’m cracking into a bundle tomorrow.  Check back in.  In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Lawnmower Man.  The unbelievable Irish dude from that movie also had a small part in this one as the plumber.  It’s barely a connection, but it’s all I’ve got here.

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