If you saw last week's Trailer Park we were in search of laughs, but this time we're looking for scares. I know, if you want something really scary turn on CNN, right? Don't be so cynical. I'm looking for fear in the controlled environment of a movie theater, the cinematic equivalent of a roller coaster ride. This week on Trailer Park, I could use a good scare.
As an entry in the "evil little kid" sub-genre of horror, some may see traces of 1993's The Good Son, but Joshua reminds me more of the creepy little kids that would often turn up in Italian horror films. Joshua, a disturbingly cold little boy, has all the makings of a serial killer. The family pet and all of the animals in his class room have mysteriously died, and he offers a homeless man five dollars if he can throw a rock at him. Joshua's new baby sister is causing upheaval in the household, and she may well become his first human victim. Some may insist on calling this a thriller rather than a horror film, but why split hairs? Joshua looks creepy as hell, and I mean that in the best way possible. Ryan mentioned this film in his overview of Fox Searchlight's summer releases.
Fido is set in a stylized version of the 1950s, not unlike the one we saw in Pleasantville, although in this world the walking dead have been domesticated and put to work as servants. A boy named Timmy tries to keep the family zombie from being destroyed after it chows down on one of the neighbors, and there's a wonderful Lassie-esque moment when the kid's mother, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, tries to get the speechless zombie to tell her if Timmy is in trouble. I doubt there are any actual scares to be had here, but the movie has enough horror movie trappings to qualify for today's topic, and it looks hilarious. Cinematical's Kim Voynar reviewed the film when it played the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Check out the trailer yourself: