• 15
  • Jaume Collet-Serra (2009)
  • US / Ger / Fr /Can
  • 117 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

House of Wax director Jaume Collet-Serra here delivers a stylish shocker that's streaked with morbid playfulness. A couple adopt a nine-year-old girl after their third child is tragically stillborn, but young Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) is not what she seems... Before you can say "Bad Seed", Esther is playing Russian roulette with her younger, deaf sister, threatening her older brother with emasculation and hammering nuns to death. Will mother Vera Farmiga's internet research into "children who kill" make her oblivious husband Peter Sarsgaard finally face the truth about their terror tyke? Thoroughly contrived, this really flips into high-camp gear when Esther's intriguing "secret" is revealed. Even an over-extended finale can't entirely dampen this enjoyably daffy yet suitably sick crowd-pleaser.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, and Isabelle Fuhrman. When bereaved couple Kate and John adopt nine-year-old Esther from an orphanage, their dreams of family happiness soon descend into a nightmare.

Cast and crew


Kate Coleman
Vera Farmiga
John Coleman
Peter Sarsgaard
Isabelle Fuhrman
Sister Abigail
C C H Pounder
Max Coleman
Aryana Engineer
Daniel Coleman
Jimmy Bennett
Dr Varava
Karel Roden
Dr Browning
Margo Martindale
Grandma Barbara
Rosemary Dunsmore


Jaume Collet-Serra

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Aug 2009
Certificate 15