[Brooklyn Horror Fest Review] Child Eater
The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival featured the World Premiere of Child Eater. The film was written and directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen. Erlingur is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s MFA Film Directing Program. Child Eater is based on the 2012 short of the same name by Erlingur Thoroddsen.
In the first scene in the film, Child Eater made me feel uncomfortable. The film opens up with a young girl walking down the street with blood dripping down her hand. She is approached by an adult who she tells, “He hurt me.” The young girl than shows her eyeball in her hand.
This leaves the audience wondering who “he” is. No one likes the idea of children being hurt by some sick individual. And the idea of some monster who likes to rip out the eyeballs of children is unsettling.
Fast forward to present day where the Sheriff’s daughter, Helen, is babysitting a young boy, Lucas. The house is set on a farm which was the site of grizzly child murders. There is a legend that the Child Eater is still there. The killer catches people and eats their eyeballs. According to the legend, the killer’s motto is “The younger the better.”
Lucas begins to hear something in his closet. Helen doesn’t believe him at first. But after Lucas disappears Helen discovers that the legend of the infamous Child Eater is real. And nobody is safe. It could be too late for everyone.
Erlingur Thoroddsen does a great job. I felt like the film starts out okay but gets better and better as the plot unfolds. Child Eater is chillingly frightening. While a monster killer that is out there looking for children is not a new concept. The film does provide a fresh view on the concept. The Child Eater’s insatiable appetite for eyeballs leaves us open for a lot of violence and a potential for a Child Eater II.
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