Mikey (Horror, Thriller 1992) (BANNED) D: Dennis Dimster: W: Jonathan Glassner: C: Brian Bonsall, Josie Bissett, Ashley Laurence, John Diehl 1h 30m. USA.
TAGLINE : Remember, Jason, Freddy were kids once, too.
Synopsis: A seemingly innocent and sweet little boy causes murder and mayhem in his new neighbourhood and falls for he teenage girl next door.
A rather charismatic insight into the troublesome and disturbing behaviour of a darling monster of a child. Mikey (1992) is banned, therefore everyone had a copy. It’s a strange B-Movie that will have you more shocked at why it’s banned rather than the mild mannered carnage that the little cutie pie creates.
The movie starts out with the angelic faced Mikey (Brian Bosnall) taking out his family in a carefree manner and ending up in foster care. Due to his sweetness he’s soon snapped up and he falls in love, which sparks another killing spree as his little hormones just don’t know what is going on, there is possibly an argument here that as a cold blooded killer he can’t understand the concept of love.. but he defiantly has something for the girl next door Jessie (Josie Bissett). With everyone believing he is the sole survivor of a tragedy and an extra diligent teacher Shawn (Ashley Laurance from Hellraiser) Mikey is allowed a certain amount of distance to try and help him heal.. pfft.. yeah right..
A beauty and beast child on a thrill kill, makes for a pretty cool movie, and it is a little subtle but it’s also effective. With the style and atmosphere of the average TV movie, the edge is just how far this while will go to and how devious he is covering his tracks. Almost to perfect for a youngster, it’s still pretty believable, he’s not rigging torture chambers but he’s pretty neat when it comes to using a bow and arrow and other unfussy tools, and when it comes to punishing anyone who stands in his way Mikey; with the calmness of Dr. Hannibal Lecter they are taken care of in a carefully plotted scheme.
Amongst the camp silliness of his falling in lover there is a serious side to all of this. The movie was aimed for release around the time of the Jamie Bulger killings and the world was sickened by the sadistic nature of child killers and Mikey was scrapped and the ban has never been lifted.
Horror fans won’t be amazed by the slayings, they aren’t bloody or over gory and we’ve seen kiddy killers on the prowl before like in Pet Cemetery (1989) . On the whole it’s pretty tame. The commotion comes from the overall theme and actions of the living Chucky Doll as he slays and plays.
Rating : 6/10
R: Omen IV : The Awakening (1991), Pet Cemetery (1989), Children of the Damned (1964),
Q: Mikey : “You know, dead people aren’t the ones to be scared of, living people are.”
L: Child Killers, Banned movies
5B: Banned Films