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The Cradle (2006/Thriller)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+



Among the many terrible supernatural thrillers gong straight to DVD for the most part, you hope that against all odds, someone will try to do something ambitious and make a feature that is at least intelligent and has potential.  Though it unfortunately implodes in the final 10 minutes, Tim J. Brown’s The Cradle (2006) is one of the very few titles worth your time.  The story about a young couple with a newborn baby moving to a new home in the middle of nowhere sounds familiar and has been badly botched of late.  Brown almost pulls it off.


Frank (the underrated, underused Lukas Haas) has a wife that is suffering severe post-partum depression ands cannot even hold their baby Sam.  Both feel a change of location to a quieter area would help, but something is not well about the house or area and things start to become stranger, especially where the baby is concerned.  It gets worse when the power lines go down, block the road and leave the new family without power.  There is also their one neighbor who takes care of a farm of her own and may know than she lets on.


There are some good moments of suspense and the acting is impressive for a genre work.  If Brown and writer Paul Nelson could have figured out how to conclude this and make some more points, this could have been another Halloween-type success, but both establish themselves here as up and coming talents who should try again.  If they were smart enough to get Haas, who knows how else they might surprise us.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is nicely shot by Director of Photography Marcus Elliott, including some fine fades and editing, but this disc is just too soft throughout and despite some good shots, also has some degraded ones.  The transfer has to be part of it, but it is worth dealing with its shortcomings to see.  The sound here in Dolby Digital 5.1 is not always active, using silence to build suspense, while dialogue is recorded very well for the most part.  Extras include trailers and a good making of piece.  For all the bad Supernatural Horror titles being released, The Cradle is a step above the rest and the many bad remakes in the genre we have suffered through lately.  Fans should go out of their way to try it out.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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