Horror movies, as us horror lovers know, can be a hit or miss experience. Older horror flicks are even more risky, depending on the technology that was available at the time the film was made.
I came across Case 39 while scrolling through Netflix the other day, and because I wasn’t familiar with it, I decided to give it a go. Despite it being an ‘older’ movie, Case 39 is everything a classic scary flick should be and more.
Classified as an American supernatural psychological horror film, Case 39 was released in 2009 and was “directed by Christian Alvart … starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane,” the movie’s Wikipedia page says.
The movie depicts the story of Emily, played by Zellweger, who is a social services worker. Upon being assigned the case of Lily, a ten-year-old girl, Emily takes it upon herself to give the child a better life by removing her from her current home and taking her into her own. Emily soon learns that her initial perception of the child and her home life is wildly inaccurate, and therefore must attempt to navigate through the dangerous and terrifying situation she has gotten herself into.
Overflowing with suspense, anticipation, fear and emotion, this is one of the better horror movies I’ve seen. The casting is absolutely impeccable, and I was thoroughly impressed with the acting chops shown by Jodelle Ferland who plays Lily. This kid absolutely nailed her role, and at times I was genuinely scared of her, which I believe to be a good indication of how strong her performance is.
If you haven’t seen this one, I absolutely recommend giving it a watch. It may be older, but it’s a very intense movie, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire duration.