The Creepy Kid movie plays on what I imagine must be first and foremost thought on every parent’s mind as they brush their teeth each morning, look in the mirror and ask themselves: How do I keep my kid from becoming a serial killer?
Earlier, I reviewed director Mike Flanagan’s odd and wonderful Absentia. I was utterly taken by the film’s bold, fresh take on suburban horror, which cast aside your standard horror themes by making a monster out of a little underpass in a perfectly nice neighborhood.
Of all the themes within horror, you don’t get enough of the possessed-ventriloquist-dummy. Those dolls are inherently creepy. They’re designed to look alive when operated, so they look like grinning corpses when sitting on a shelf. However, you can only get so much mileage from that fact, and that’s where Dead Silence begins to disappoint.