While childhood can be a wonderous and adventurous time in our lives growing up, it can also be a dark and terrifying place as well. Over the decades, many great horror films used childhood as the basis to tell very effective and chilling horror stories. Whether it dealing with real life terrors that could happen to anyone, or even dealing with supernatural forces. Having these films come from the perspective of a child, definitely adds another layer to the intensity. Two recent films that combined childhood with horror, just happen to be films that come from Europe: the Norwegian supernatural horror film THE INNOCENTS and the Finnish body horror film HATCHING. Do both of these manage to creepy and engaging tales about childhood terror? Give a listen and find out! The following reviews of are in two separate audio formats. Enjoy!
THE INNOCENTS (2021)
Director: Eskil Vogt
Starring: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Morten Svartveit, Kadra Yusuf, Lisa Tønne.
Synopsis: During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.
Director: Hanna Bergholm
Starring: Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin, Saija Lentonen.
Synopsis: A young gymnast who tries desperately to please her demanding mother, discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.
Both THE INNOCENTS and HATCHING are now screening in limited release around Australia via Rialto Distribution
Audio reviews by Bede Jermyn