The Night Child

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"Keep telling yourself: "She's not just a child"..."
  • R
  • 1975
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.9  (818)

In the year 1975, an Italian horror film titled "The Night Child" was released, directed by Massimo Dallamano. The movie follows a man named Robert (played by Richard Johnson) who is a psychologist, and his wife Helene (played by Joanna Cassidy). They have a daughter named Jill (played by Nicoletta Elmi), who experiences strange occurrences, nightmares and erratic behavior after the death of her mother. To overcome these symptoms and find the root cause, Robert takes Jill to Venice, where he had seen the same symptoms as a child himself.

The movie begins with a young girl named Emily, who is standing in front of her unconscious mother. Emily's mother has been sleeping for days, and Emily is concerned about her condition. Suddenly, Emily sees a dark figure in the house, and as she goes to investigate, the figure snatches her. The next scene shows Robert talking to his colleague, Dr. Charles Vernais (played by David Colin Jr), about Jill's behavior. Jill is seen to be very aggressive, and she often talks about a girl named Emily. Robert decides to take Jill to Venice, where he had a traumatic experience as a child.

Upon arriving in Venice with Jill, Robert begins to dig into his childhood memories, trying to find a connection between Jill's behavior and his own past. Robert meets an old lady named Contessa Estella (played by Lila Kedrova), who he used to visit as a child. Throughout the movie, Contessa Estella is shown as a psychic who claims to have supernatural powers and is very interested in Jill's behavior.

Jill's condition gets worse as she continues to witness Emily's ghost, her imaginary friend so to say. Robert speaks with Contessa Estella about his past, and we learn of his childhood memory where he saw Emily being taken by a mysterious figure, as he also believes his daughter is now experiencing the same. However, Robert eventually admits to Helene that the reason he brought Jill to Venice was to confront his own demons, and he had hoped that Jill would help him do that.

The movie takes a thrilling turn when Robert discovers that Emily and Jill were born at the same time, in the same hospital, and the same nurse delivered them. With this new revelation, Robert and Helene decide to investigate the hospital and find their medical files. They discover that there was an experiment done on both of them, when they were babies. They were given a drug which was supposed to open up their minds, but it resulted in their supernatural abilities and the visions of Emily's ghost.

The last few scenes of the movie take place in Venice, where Robert and Helene confront the nurse responsible for the experiment. The nurse tells them that she did what she did because she wanted them to be special, with the ability to see ghosts and communicate with the other side. The movie ends with a sinister twist, which shall not be revealed in order to maintain spoilers.

In conclusion, "The Night Child" is a suspenseful horror movie that exposes the complexities of the human mind and the consequences of tampering with nature. It portrays Venetian and Italian cultures through the use of various landmarks and its characters, adding to its authenticity. The movie is well-directed and benefits from its talented cast, who give big-hearted performances to engage the audience in the story. Even though the storyline may not be completely plausible, the filmmakers have done a fantastic job in creating an eerie atmosphere that allows the audience to capture feelings of fear and terror throughout. Overall, "The Night Child" is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a good classic horror film.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    5.9  (818)