Suffer Little Children (1983) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Alan Briggs
Starring: Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose, Jon Hollanz
Rated: UR/Region: 0/1:33/Number of disc: 1
Available From Intervision Picture Corp.
Suffer, Little Children is a reconstruction of the events, which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported in the press and now the house is scheduled for demolition in the immediate future.
I really dig Intrvision. Now don’t get me wrong, the Severin line from these guys is great as well, but Intervision titles seem to hit me right in that certain spot. Now, this is a spot that loves to watch what most would call crappy shot on video movies, but I dig these movies so who cares what everyone else thinks, right? Suffer Little Children is a bad movie by any sense of the term but it is also a shot on video masterpiece as well. That might not make any sense to read but if you have ever heard of the term “so bad it’s good” you’ll realize what you are dealing with when you watch Suffer Little Children. This movie takes what it has (basically a student experiment film) and makes it surprisingly watchable, dark, and with an underlying mean streak. It also takes the shot on video ways of making horror and adds a little style to it as well. I had made a top 10 shot on video horror list years ago. Had I seen this movie before I made that list, I’m sure it would have been on it.
The movie takes a little girl that we’re sure is up to no good (she may or may not be the devil or something close to it) and dumps her at the doorstep of an orphanage where up until she showed up things were going very smoothly. What follows is accident after accident, gnarly dream sequences with zombies, and a whole lot of cheaply done horror fun. The movie might not look that great on DVD but the look seems to more or less add more character to the spectacle that is this movie. Add that in with a cool interview with the director on the extras, as well as an interview with John Martin and we have ourselves a disc very much worthy of owning. This is just one of those movies where you never are sure where it is going but you’ll have a good thing getting there none the less. I’m aware that by normal movie standards I’m highly overrating this one, but I just don’t care. I had THAT good of a time while watching it.
– School of Shock – An Interview with Director Alan Briggs
– Seducing the Gullible – An Interview with Legend of UK “Nasty” Era Fanzine Critique John Martin