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October 24, 2013
This is a decent little Canadian hidden gem killer kid movie, from the mid 90s direct to video boom. Johnny (The Paperboy) was creepy yet innocent in that boy next door way that catches you off guard, but his pouty face got old. His constant creepy behavior, like inviting himself over Alexandra Paul's house constantly to obsess over her was very odd.Marc Marut played the creepy confused,spoiled,bratty,sympathetic young boy very well.I just wish they did more with his character here.The acting is very hit an miss from Alexandra Paul and the little girl who plays her daughter. William Katt plays the only role he can play and that's William Katt. The late great Frances Bay (Happy Gilmore's Grandmother) did a serviceable job as the grouchy old lady but got limited screen time.The opening murder scene started off with a bang and then it soon feel into the lifetime movie type pacing, where not much happens but talking. The few murders here and there were very goreless for the most part. Although it gave them a little bit of realism, and not over the top balls to the wall crazy gore like the movie MIKEY.This falls somewhere in that bunch of those direct to video's 90s movies that has a great cover, that creeps you out but is lacking when the actual movie starts playing. Its decent for a one time watch only I think.
September 25, 2012
Excellent movie with one of he best actors Marc Marut who portrayed "Johnny" a creepy kid who only wanted a family and did anything to get and keep it!! A must see movie!
½ November 4, 2011
This is a decent little Canadian hidden gem killer kid movie, from the mid 90s direct to video boom.
Johnny (The Paperboy) was creepy yet innocent in that boy next door way that catches you off guard, but his pouty face got old. His constant creepy behavior, like inviting himself over Alexandra Paul's house constantly to obsess over her was very odd.Marc Marut played the creepy confused,spoiled,bratty,sympathetic young boy very well.I just wish they did more with his character here.
The acting is very hit an miss from Alexandra Paul and the little girl who plays her daughter. William Katt plays the only role he can play and that's William Katt. The late great Frances Bay (Happy Gilmore's Grandmother) did a serviceable job as the grouchy old lady but got limited screen time.The opening murder scene started off with a bang and then it soon feel into the lifetime movie type pacing, where not much happens but talking. The few murders here and there were very goreless for the most part. Although it gave them a little bit of realism, and not over the top balls to the wall crazy gore like the movie MIKEY.This falls somewhere in that bunch of those direct to video's 90s movies that has a great cover, that creeps you out but is lacking when the actual movie starts playing. Its decent for a one time watch only I think.
March 17, 2010
have always loved it since i was a kid
½ March 5, 2010
It's the story of a psycho boy who yearns for a family and is on a killing spree!

The movie starts off well but along the way gets predictable and violent. All in all it is just about an average flick. You wouldn't miss much if you skip it
September 19, 2009
One of the greatest post-pubescent performances I have ever seen. Whoever had the idea of casting this Marc Marut boy as a teenage psycho killer is a genius. The ultimate "Eddie Haskell" as my father would say. It's like he's taken straight out of a cartoon and placed in reality with a bunch of realistic characters - totally bizarre. His character hits home very hard for me personally because he shares so many characteristics with a character that I created for my good friend Dan Pederson, back in my 2004 film, "April Showers". I'll never forget that character...Pete Hinkle was the name, and now this kid, Johnny MacFarlan is completely channeling him and bringing him back for me! Awesome!

This movie itself would be a complete stinker if it weren't for Marc Marut's frighteningly realistic voice-cracking, pubescent freak outs. But, fortunately, his performance alone makes this one a true cult classic and unlike anything else the history of film has to offer! You gotta see it!
½ February 27, 2009
Yet another terrible, terrible horror movie with a stupid plot that obviously nobody other than myself saw.
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