Jaume Collet-Serra (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Kate and John Coleman, a couple who have seemingly put past troubles in their marriage behind them, decide to adopt a nine-year-old Russian girl from an orphanage. However, a series of strange events leaves Kate convinced the child is dangerously disturbed - but John refuses to believe her, causing the cracks in their relationship to reopen as their new daughter turns violent. Horror, starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard.

Cast & Crew

Kate Coleman Vera Farmiga
John Coleman Peter Sarsgaard
Esther 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
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Aug 2009