"Violent, Rehashed Demon-Child Horrorshow"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPaPa, OO, C, B, L, VVV, A, D, MM) Very strong mixed pagan worldview with strong occult elements as little girl is empowered by a demonic force and people try to fight her with force rather than relying on the power of Jesus Christ, mild Christian, moral elements such as people have cross on the wall, Christian funeral depicted, people battle evil demon, and man leaves a church service where woman asks him if he only believes inside the walls; nine obscenities and no profanities; very strong violence includes implied demonic attacks on people, parents put little girl in oven and taper her mouth shut and turn the oven on, she is burned but rescued by police officer and child services worker, police officer punches man and woman and breaks man’s jaw, 10-year-old boy bludgeons his parents to death with a tire iron while they are sleeping, bloody sheets from the bed, hornets attack man and come out of his ears and mouth, he falls and breaks his neck on the toilet, woman is chased by demonic creature, man stabs other man in neck with a fork when he believes the demon is possessing the man, man falls on fork and it stabs him in the eye and he dies demonic dog bites man in neck and when man tries to shoot dog he shoots himself in head, girl’s face deforms into demonic creature, demonic girl breaks through walls, woman burns down her house to try and kill demon-possessed girl, reckless driving, car crashes into water, woman fights with demon and drowning; no sexuality but guy kisses his female friend on the cheek; no nudity but woman is in short pajama shorts and shot of bikini; wine and beer consumed; no smoking or drugs; and, lying, manipulation and 10-year-old demon-possessed girl wreaks havoc.
CASE 39 is a violent horror story about a child protection services worker named Emily (Renee Zellweger) who takes custody of an abused little girl named Lilith (Jodelle Ferland). Soon, Emily discovers that the Lilith is demon-possessed and will stop at nothing to wreak havoc in Emily’s life and the lives of everyone around her.
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.