Judgment

Abstract

Depending on your taste or tolerance for these kinds of baby killer movies, there’s enough gore, murder and one-liners in this film to warrant a Fangoria-like showcase, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

Plot:

The handsome boy next door is a serial killer and he wants you to adopt him.

Revision:

We see it all when adorable nine-year-old Mikey (played by Brian Bonsall) kills his entire foster family. He electrocutes his mother, who hates him. He drowns his sister in the pool and then beats his father with a baseball bat after tripping him. When the police discover the remains, they assume the murders were committed by an insane killer, and they think nothing of blaming the only survivor in the house, little Mikey, who passes all the psychological tests. A few months later, he is adopted by a loving family out of state. Dad (John Diehl, against the grain) immediately adores Mikey and can’t wait to teach him archery. Mom (Mimi Craven) has wanted a baby for so long that even when Mikey shows disturbing signs of anxiety, she ignores them. Mikey’s teacher at school (played by Ashley Lawrence) is the first to see through the veil Mikey is lifting, and she is the first to bring her disturbing drawings to the unsuspecting principal (Lyman Ward). When the pretty blond teenager next door starts watching little Mikey, he starts killing again, first at the neighbor’s cat, then at the pretty girl’s boyfriend, who poses a threat to him. From then on, Mikey’s unstoppable murderous impulses put the entire neighborhood in mortal danger at the hands of the one man no one thought to doubt …

From the first scene to the last, Mikey is a haunting and overtly graphic horror film about a child who kills mercilessly. The fluidity factor is quite high as the child emerges in the film as a complete and total psychopath and then watches him commit his murders in the film. Thanks to the explosive script and shooting, the film goes where (my God, I really hope so) it seems very unlikely that a real kid will ever come along, but who knows these days? Mikey is far more intense and graphic (and unpleasant) than any of the Children of the Corn films, because there is nothing supernatural about the bad boy’s actions; it presents him in a realistic world and just throws as many victims in his path as possible before there is a sequel. Depending on your taste or tolerance for these types of baby killer movies, this film has enough gore, killing and dubbing to warrant a Fungory-style release, but it’s definitely not for everyone. From director Dennis Dimster-Denk.

MVD Rewind recently released a Blu-ray for Mikey, part of the Rewind Collection series. The film was produced by Imperial Entertainment, and MVD added special features, including a nearly 90-minute recording with numerous interviews, including one with an adult Bonsall who talks about his experience watching the film. With another featurette titled “Anatomy of a Scene” featuring the director, as well as a trailer and fold-out poster, this release is an excellent choice for the film that aired live on its initial release.

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