“Emelie” continues Sarah Bolger’s stunning run of being the best thing in indie horror films. The film’s done before and we all can guess what happens. What makes the film is Bolger’s ability to play off the kids. While the kids aren’t superstars, they are believably terrified of Bolger’s ability to play their parents. Nobody does films that terrorize kids anymore and this flick was a relief. American cinema was built on using kids for terror fodder.
Before I saw the film, I heard a theory that it’s a grimdark take on “The Cat in the Hat”. Now, I can’t get that out of my head. Minus having Thing 1 and Thing 2 show up, this is a young woman babysitting kids and challenging their concepts of what works. The scene with the tampon and the older boy showcases a level of creepiness that I wish would’ve existed throughout the film. Great work all around.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track