CASE 39 Add To My Top 10
Violent, Rehashed Demon-Child Horrorshow
Release Date: October 08, 2010
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Vantage/Viacom
Director: Christian Alvart
Executive Producer: None
Writer: Ray Wright
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Emily has 38 open child service cases on her desk. Yet, something draws her to her latest case about a little girl named Lilith. When she interviews Lilith’s family, Emily discovers that the parents seem deeply disturbed. She thinks her suspicions are confirmed when Lilith tells her that she has overheard her parents say that they want to “send her to Hell.”
Emily and a police officer head over to the house one evening, only to discover that Lilith’s parents are trying to kill her by stuffing her in the oven. Emily and the police office rescue Lilith and take the parents to prison.
Emily takes custody, and Lilith moves into Emily’s home with her. Not long after Lilith arrives, things start to go very wrong around the home and in Emily’s life. Emily begins to suspect that Lilith is evil. When Emily journeys to the prison and asks Lilith’s father about it, he reveals that Lilith has the soul of a demon and the only way for Emily to stop the little girl is to kill her. Now, Emily must devise a way to kill Lilith and the demon within her before Lilith destroys Emily’s entire life.
CASE 39 is ultra-violent and clichéd. It is the latest in a long line of movies about disturbed children who have some connection with an evil force and wreak havoc on the lives of everyone around them. The movie is also very slow for the first half, and it misses the proper placement of several key plot points.
The violence is excessive and disturbing, especially the images of a 10-year-old boy bludgeoning his parents to death with a tire iron.
The movie contains a very strong mixed pagan, occult worldview where the characters rely on their own strength to defeat a supernatural, demonic creature rather than relying on prayer and faith in Christ. There are a few Christian references such as a cross hanging on a bedroom wall and a Christian funeral depicted, but those have no effect on the characters as they try and defeat Lilith’s evil with their own human devices.
The violence in CASE 39 is excessive and disturbing. The movie also has a very strong mixed pagan, occult worldview. The characters rely on their own strength to defeat a supernatural, demonic creature rather than relying on prayer and faith in Christ. There are a few Christian references, such as a cross hanging on a bedroom wall, but those have no effect on the characters as they try to defeat Lilith’s evil with their own human devices. The movie is also very slow for the first half and misses the proper placement of several key plot points.