Case 39


Case 39

Overview:

In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily assumes custody of Lilith while she looks for a foster family. However, Emily soon finds that dark forces surround the seemingly innocent girl, and the more she tries to protect Lilith, the more horrors she encounters.

Votes 558 (6.1/10)

Runtime: 109 minutes

Release Date 2009-08-13

Budget: $27,000,000.00

Revenue: $29,000,000.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Some cases should never be opened.

Production company:

  • Paramount Vantage
  • Anonymous Content
  • Misher Films
  • Case 39 Productions

Production country:

  • Canada
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Emily Jenkins
Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
Lillith Sullivan
Jodelle Ferland
Jodelle Ferland
Detective Mike Barron
Ian McShane
Ian McShane
Margaret Sullivan
Kerry O'Malley
Kerry O'Malley
Edward Sullivan
Callum Keith Rennie
Callum Keith Rennie
Douglas J. Ames
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
Wayne
Adrian Lester
Adrian Lester
Nancy
Cynthia Stevenson
Cynthia Stevenson
Diego
Alexander Conti
Alexander Conti
Javier
Philip Cabrita
Philip Cabrita
Javier's Wife
Vanesa Tomasino
Vanesa Tomasino
Custody Judge
Mary Black
Mary Black
Domenico D'Ambrosio
Domenico D'Ambrosio
Domenico D'Ambrosio
Therapist
Benita Ha
Benita Ha
Judge
J. Winston Carroll
J. Winston Carroll
Co-Worker
Michael Bean
Michael Bean
Co-Worker
Lesley Ewen
Lesley Ewen
Chief Psychiatrist
David Patrick Green
David Patrick Green
Bus Driver
Dee Jay Jackson
Dee Jay Jackson
Young Emily
Taya Calicetto
Taya Calicetto
Emily's Mother
Alisen Down
Alisen Down
Inmate
Darryl Quon
Darryl Quon
Nurse
Suzanne Bastien
Suzanne Bastien
Nurse
Jane Braithwaite
Jane Braithwaite
Police Sergeant
Colin Lawrence
Colin Lawrence
Coordinator
Fran Gebhard
Fran Gebhard
News Anchor
Dagmar Midcap
Dagmar Midcap
Interviewer
Bill Mondy
Bill Mondy
Doctor
Andrew Airlie
Andrew Airlie
Barron's Wife
Sarah-Jane Redmond
Sarah-Jane Redmond
Demon Person
Charles Zuckermann
Charles Zuckermann
Mrs. Lynch
Yvonne Valdez
Yvonne Valdez
Priest
Paul Duchart
Paul Duchart
Businessperson
Daniel Bacon
Daniel Bacon
Young Cop
Darren E. Scott
Darren E. Scott
Detention Center Cop
Dalias Blake
Dalias Blake
Lead Guard
Phillip Mitchell
Phillip Mitchell
Fire Marshall
Fulvio Cecere
Fulvio Cecere
Director
Christian Alvart
Christian Alvart
Writer
Ray Wright
Ray Wright
Producer
Steve Golin
Steve Golin
Producer
Lisa Bruce
Lisa Bruce
Producer
Alix Madigan
Alix Madigan
Producer
Kevin Misher
Kevin Misher
Producer
Scott Thaler
Scott Thaler
Original Music Composer
Michl Britsch
Michl Britsch
Director of Photography
Hagen Bogdanski
Hagen Bogdanski
Editor
Mark Goldblatt
Mark Goldblatt
Casting
Sarah Finn
Sarah Finn
Casting
Randi Hiller
Randi Hiller
Costume Design
Monique Prudhomme
Monique Prudhomme
Production Design
John Willett
John Willett
Art Direction
Ross Dempster
Ross Dempster
Set Decoration
Andrea French
Andrea French
Makeup Effects
Toby Lindala
Toby Lindala
Production Manager
Wayne Bennett
Wayne Bennett
Art Department Coordinator
Carie Wallis
Carie Wallis
Construction Coordinator
Peter Grace
Peter Grace
Assistant Art Director
John Burke
John Burke
Scenic Artist
Steve Reintjes
Steve Reintjes
Property Master
Grant Swain
Grant Swain
Lead Painter
Jason Claridge
Jason Claridge
Greensman
Travis J. Brooks
Travis J. Brooks
Supervising Sound Editor
Ronald Eng
Ronald Eng
Sound Designer
Ronald Eng
Ronald Eng
Sound Effects Editor
Doug Jackson
Doug Jackson
Sound Effects Editor
Steve Tushar
Steve Tushar
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Daniel J. Leahy
Daniel J. Leahy
Foley
Robin Harlan
Robin Harlan
Foley
Sarah Monat
Sarah Monat
ADR & Dubbing
David A. Cohen
David A. Cohen
Dialogue Editor
Robert Troy
Robert Troy
Special Effects Coordinator
Bob Comer
Bob Comer
Visual Effects Producer
Shauna Bryn
Shauna Bryn
Visual Effects Editor
Paul Furminger
Paul Furminger
Visual Effects Producer
Thomas Nittmann
Thomas Nittmann
Visual Effects Editor
Collette Nunes
Collette Nunes
Visual Effects Producer
Chris Roff
Chris Roff
Visual Effects Supervisor
Edson Williams
Edson Williams
Visual Effects Supervisor
Chris Watts
Chris Watts
Visual Effects Supervisor
David Sosalla
David Sosalla
Visual Effects Supervisor
Erik Liles
Erik Liles
Visual Effects Supervisor
Steven Hodgson
Steven Hodgson
CG Supervisor
Craig Calvert
Craig Calvert
Animation Supervisor
Joshua Cordes
Joshua Cordes
CG Supervisor
Chris Wells
Chris Wells
Stunt Coordinator
Marny Eng
Marny Eng
Camera Operator
Karl Herrmann
Karl Herrmann
Camera Operator
Harvey LaRocque
Harvey LaRocque
Steadicam Operator
David Crone
David Crone
Steadicam Operator
Jim Van Dijk
Jim Van Dijk
Helicopter Camera
Hans Bjerno
Hans Bjerno
Underwater Camera
Ian Seabrook
Ian Seabrook
Still Photographer
Kimberly French
Kimberly French
First Assistant Editor
Yvonne Valdez
Yvonne Valdez
First Assistant Editor
Steve Ansell
Steve Ansell
Music Editor
Lisa Jaime
Lisa Jaime
Transportation Coordinator
John O'Toole
John O'Toole
Script Supervisor
Danielle de Smit
Danielle de Smit
Unit Publicist
Julia Frittaion
Julia Frittaion
Location Manager
Danny McWilliams
Danny McWilliams

John Chard

Keep Away From Children. Case 39 is directed by Christian Alvart and written by Ray Wright. It stars Renee Zellwegger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper. Music is by Michl Britsch and cinematography by Hagen Bodanski. Another in the long line of demonic/psycho children films, Case 39 sat on the shelf for a few years before finally seeing the light of day around 2009. Met with a whole bunch of negative reviews it is somewhat pleasing to find that while it’s not a misunderstood classic or anything, it actually works well within this sub-genre of horror. Story in short order form has Zellwegger as Emily Jenkins, a social worker who after rescuing young Lilly Sullivan from crazed parents, takes her in on a temporary foster basis and soon comes to regret it. Offering up a more supernatural slant than many other films of a similar ilk, German director Alvart does still follow the familiar formula for crazed child movies. Lillith (unsubtle name or what?!) serenely ingratiates herself into Emily’s world and that of the people around her, then of course things start happening, bad things. Having taken his time to build it up during the first half, Alvart then revels in unleashing demonic chaos, with young Ferland giving an unnervingly superb performance as Lilly. The shocks and psychological torments are tidily crafted, and it all builds to a suitably daft and frenetic finale. It’s too long at nearly two hours in length, it’s sometimes silly and it’s cliché heavy. However, some striking scenes, a mightily strong child performance and the decent chiller thriller fun factor, lifts this just above average status. 6/10

Reno

**Just do your job! Don't think above that like you can be a saviour!** It looked like some kind of thriller, that's what anybody would say if they read the title correctly. The story was suspense, well developed to keep that for a very long time. Though it had no major twist, just a revelation like clarifying our doubts. Because most of the storyline seems alike 'Orphan', the film that came just months before this one. But this is a horror theme, I mean real horror, not a terror-horror like 'Orphan'. The overall story relied on one big secret that revealed at some time in the final act. I have seen many films about the child abuse, and this one set in as a same kind of theme, but takes a turn during the end of the first act. So when a social worker, Emily, finds a ten year old Lilith was abused by her own parents, she takes her away from them, followed by theirs arrest. Later, Emily adopts Lilith, but soon finds some strange events around her circle. That leads to suspect Lilith, but could not prove anything. Finding the truth becomes her first priority, but how she's going to solve it is what leads us to the conclusion part. I haven't seen Renee Zellweger in any recent films, she looked so good in this. Jodelle Ferland too was good as a little girl, the most important role in the film. But Bradley Cooper was in a small part. I think it was a decent film, but not a fresh theme, except developed differently with a new cast. If you are a big horror film fan, you might disappoint with it. Because those parts were minimised and the suspense was maximised. Yet surely most of us can easily predict many scenes, event the ending. So I conclude my review saying it is a decent watch. _6.5/10_

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