Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman, Angela Bettis
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 107 minutes
When Maggie (Kim Basinger of L.A. Confidential and Batman) comes home to her apartment building one night, she discovers her estranged, drug-addict sister Jenna huddling in the doorway. Jenna promptly abandons her newborn baby with Maggie, who proceeds to raise the child as her own, despite evidence of autism. But as the little girl, Cody, gets older, what seemed to be autism starts to manifest itself in more startling ways. At the same time, a series of child murders are sweeping the city--murders conducted by a mysterious cult with supernatural matters on their mind. Bless the Child starts promisingly, with subdued, creepy scenes contrasted with more outrageous moments like swarms of computer-generated rats. Fans of religious horror movies will enjoy its twist on The Omen, with an angelic child instead of a demonic one--only the child is still pretty eerie. The special effects go a little overboard towards the end. Jimmy Smits (Price of Glory) costars as an FBI cult chaser, and Rufus Sewell (Dark City, Cold Comfort Farm) gives a pleasantly restrained performance as the charismatic cult leader. Also featuring Christina Ricci as a cult escapee and Ian Holm as a Jesuit priest. --Bret Fetzer
About a year ago, they started hunting children.
What does this have to do with Cody?
They believe she's the one they have been looking for. She's going to lead people to God, Maggie. Eric is going to try to change her, and if not.
Slaughter of the Innocence
Do you promise to get her out of there? and get out as fast you can.
Jump, Cody, jump. If you believe in God, jump. And if not, you come to me. What do you believe in, Cody? My hand - it's here, you can see it. Satan rules it and it will protect you always... Or his hand? Is it there? Or isn't it? Will he catch you or not? If you believe, Cody, jump. JUMP!
Can I ask you a personal question?
That depends on the question.
There's a rumor that before you joined the precinct you were a priest.
I was a seminary student, I didn't make it as far as priesthood.
Still, that is some kind of makeover. What happened?
I found another way to fight him... Okay, ready?
(confused) Fight who?