Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters, Sarah and Emma, move to a remote mountain home which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband. However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an ol... more »d mine, the site of an early 20th century tragedy in which many children where buried alive..« less
Tiffany M. from WAYNESBORO, VA Reviewed on 1/19/2011...
Thanks it was a good movie
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 7/9/2010...
one of the worst zombie films I've ever seen. drags badly and nothing entertaing happens. might help cure insomnia
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Shannon W. from TROY, MO Reviewed on 8/8/2009...
I thought this movie was great! It kept me on the edge of my seat! shannon
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Sarah H. (psychogurl13) from CROSSVILLE, TN Reviewed on 4/24/2009...
One of the better films from the After Dark Horrorfest. Not exactly what I expected, but in a good way. Does have some predictable/cory moments, but what horror movie these days doesn't?
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA Reviewed on 4/21/2008...
Fairly good horror flick - a different take on the zombie genre - a little predictable but a few good scares
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John Upton | Connecticut | 04/27/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"A recently widowed mother of two moves with her daughters to a remote mountain home she finds a deed for among her late husband's belongings. The home is located near an old mine, where nearly a century ago an accident occured that cost the lives of many children who were working in the mine. This is the extent of the story you will get when you watch this lackluster film. I approach every film I see and every book I read wanting to enjoy the story. I love to be entertained. This is why it is so disappointing when a bad one gets through.
Basically, Wicked Little Things is like a made for Sci-fi Channel movie with slightly better effects but huge story gaps. At night, the ghosts of the children killed in the mine haunt the woods, killing anything straying into their path. But when they kill their victim, they proceed to eat the remains. I guess this means they are zombie ghosts. Another flaw is people die and no one comes around looking for them. There is supposed to be a town nearby but you never see it. Most of these films at least have a sheriff but I guess there wasn't enough in the budget. The locals seem to consist of a crazy old hermit (played by Ben Cross) who knows the local yore, a local handyman (Geoffrey Lewis), a trans-am filled with teenagers, and the clerk at the local store (who I couldn't figure out if he was supposed to be semi-retarded or a closet child molester due to the creepy way he seemed to dwell on the youngest daughter).
The make-up effects for the zombie kids was pretty good but special effects do not make a movie (unless its directed by Michael Bay). The most frightening thing about the film is the fact the DVD is an Unrated Director's Cut. This usually means things were added to the film since the theatrical release. I can't believe the movie I watched actually had added footage. All I can say is I feel worse for the people who saw this film in the theaters. Then again, maybe not. At least their version was shorter."
Not a bad little wicked movie
Kevin Stanton | Pittsburgh | 05/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This may be one of the better recent horror movies I have seen. There were so many things I liked about it also! First off... I've read the other reviews and do not agree with some of the comments. I will agree that the plot is a bit cookie cutter... the plot has been reiterated a number of times so I won't go into that. But... the good things I liked are: The acting is not overdone... it's right on par. The special effects AREN'T the movie.. they enhance the movie. The plot is easy to follow, direct. All the characters fit into the story... no suprise characters. No special camera effects that took away from the movie. Simply stated... this is a more traditional scare fest. But I happen to like those."
One of the coolest movies of horrorfest 06
Ruvic | A Place | 01/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i love this movie (not just as a zombie/horror/slasher/blood en guts/ e.t.c fan) but this is a good movie. decent plot...
:plot: a family moves in to an old cabin in the mountains after a divorce. the little girl starts talking to somewhat a friend who is dead. then comes the story of a century old horde of zombie children who feed at night.
sorry but i'm not the right person to describe these types of things to people. but a good horror movie none the less, i don't know why people gave this movie a poor rating. but it is a good watch to look at ^_^
also recommended titles from the series: PENNY DREADFUL, REINCARNATION, and GRAVEDANCERS "
"Wicked Little Things" would be century-old zombie children
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 03/26/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Wicked Little Things" was number 7 of the "8 Films 2 Die 4" that made up Horrorfest 2006 (darn, I did not get to use 1, 3, 5, or 9 in that sentence). Without the virtue of actually looking up any information about the films at the official website or any place else I had assumed that there would be a variety of horror films to see over the three days. Indeed, there were your traditional splatter flicks with homicidal killers, ghost stories both foreign and domestic, one with vampires, and one with a restless corpse (cadaver to be more specific). One of the things I was expecting what with the recent success of "28 Days Later," "Shawn of the Dead," and the "Dawn of the Dead" remake was a zombie movie. But when this film began and we saw this mother and her two daughters driving through the forest to a mining town in Pennsylvania I turned to the guys sitting near me and said, "Well, this must not be the zombie movie." Boy, was I wrong.
This is one of those films with a prologue set in the past that sets up the horrible things that are going to happen in the present. In 1913 when the local mine was using children to plant dynamite in small holes to open up new mine shafts there was an accident and children were killed. You do not need to be a fan of horror movies to know that this was a bad thing and that somebody is going to have to pay. Jump to today and Karen Tunny (Lori Heuring), who has recently lost her husband and apparently has no choice but to move with her daughters, teenager Sarah (Scout Taylor-Compton) and younger Emma (Chloe Moretz), to an abandoned house they have inherited in this dying mine town. The house looks rather strange, but that is because the movie was filmed in Bulgaria and not because the house is evil or anything. However, the inside looks pretty wretched and when Karen finds fresh blood smeared on the door you have take everything with a grain of salt that their plight is so wretched they do not choose to just in the car and get out of town as fast as possible.
Good thing that Hank, the crazy old coot played by Ben Cross, continuing his descent from "Chariots of Fire" to roles like this, is around to explain to Karen how what happened over a century earlier is now putting her family at risk. Meanwhile, Sarah has hooked up with a group of local kids her own age, who not only tell her the story of the coal mining kids but also provide the requisite future dead teenagers to become early victims once the killing starts. Then there is little Emma, who says that she has made friends with somebody who used to live in the house and keeps wandering off into the deep woods to play. Finally, we have the guy whose family has owned the mine all these years and who actually is covered by the whole guilt laid out until the seventh son of the seventh son deal.
Ultimately, the cinematic points of reference for "Wicked Little Things" is not the current crop of zombie films but rather movies like "Village of the Damned," because the main selling point here is creepy kids. A whole pack of creepy kids, still dressed out in their mining duds from a century earlier, and when they start moving through the forest after their prey there are some decent moments, but then they catch the prey and things start going downhill. By biggest grip is that this is one of those films where the rules of the game kept bothering me, because over the course of a century these little things should have turned this mining town into a complete dead zone let alone a ghost town. Just do the math based on the body count they rack up in this film and whether you multiply that by a month or a year it would be enough to get everyone's attention. I do not know if Anne Rice was the first to come up with the idea that vampires had to return the blood they took from their victims to create another vampire, but it sure made better geometric sense than having each victim each night become a new vamp. I suppose it is possible these zombie minor miners do not need to eat at all and we are just catching them during a rare feeding frenzy, but I should not be the one having to come up with a logic that makes this film work, which is why I end up rounding down on everything.
However, on the plus ledger, in addition to the pretty Bulgarian scenery doubling for western Pennsylvania there is a valuable lesson to be learned here, namely: do not try to scream and rev a car engine at the same time if you want to be heard. Also, this Horrorfest 2006 movie at least has a character who was willing to drive on their rims rather than get out of the car and try to get away as was the case in "Penny Dreadful" As for the DVD, the only special feature is a commentary track by director J.S. Cardone ("The Forsaken") and actress Heuring, who were reunited on this film having worked togther previously on "The Mummy an' the Armadillo" That 2004 film has Betty Buckley, Clare Kramer, Busy Philipps, Brad Renfro, and way worse reviews than "Wicked Little Things," so I might have to check it out.
Lawrance M. Bernabo | 05/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit I only watched this because Scout Taylor-Compton who stars in the new Halloween. But then I watched it and I really liked it. The children scared the heck out of me. Dont believe all these bad reviews. check it out for yourslef."