“They like to cast me for scary roles. I think it’s because they want you to be scared, but also to like the little girl” says Jodelle Ferlandis, quoted from on IMDB.com, who plays Lilith Sullivan in one of the most anticipated horror movies of the season: “Case 39“.
By Stephanie Wytovich
“They like to cast me for scary roles. I think it’s because they want you to be scared, but also to like the little girl,” says Jodelle Ferlandis, quoted from on IMDB.com, who plays Lilith Sullivan in one of the most anticipated horror movies of the season: “Case 39“.
Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) is a social worker who has just been assigned her 39th case regarding 10 year old Lilith Sullivan. After meeting with Lilith’s unresponsive parents, it is obvious that she is undergoing emotional and possibly physical abuse.
Because of Emily’s dysfunctional relationship with her own mother, she begins to develop a strong connection with the child. Emily then Lilith her number in case of emergencies.
When Emily receives a call one night with Lilith whispering that her parents are going to kill her, she and Detective Barron (Ian McShane) quickly arrive at the house. They break down the door and are shocked to see that Lilith’s parents have shoved her into the oven, trying to burn her alive.
Now, take a moment.
Emily is a scorned child who is suffering from the effects of an abusive childhood, and is in need of an understanding foster family who can appreciate and treat her needs properly. Who better to take her in than a woman with years of social work experience under her belt?
Emily and Lilith soon begin their own journey as mother and daughter – but will they both make it out alive?
Directed by Christian Alvart and written by Ray Wright, Case 39 didn’t disappoint viewers with its uncanny plot and spirals of tension driven scenes. Viewers are introduced to a little girl with extraordinarily dangerous powers and a conflict in which the people that are close to her suddenly die.
With her biological parents in prison, and her new foster mother, Emily, terrified of the child that she has brought home, Lilith decides that it is time to show her true self and bring her powers to the table to convince the people around her exactly what she is capable of.
In one scene, Doug, Lilith’s psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), confronts Lilith about why she marked on the standardized evaluation test that she wasn’t afraid of anything. She responds, “I’ll tell you what scares me if you tell me what scares you.”
Unfortunately for Doug, after sharing a childhood nightmare of hornets with her, he is met with a violent and deadly infestation upon returning home that night.
Case 39 will have your jaw on the ground as you witness Lilith’s transformation from innocent to demonic. By using horrifying tricks for amusement, she is determined to keep Emily locked within her grasp as both her mother and servant.
Battling with her sanity, Emily begins to understand Lilith’s parents’ struggle with their daughter, but can she murder a child? And if you kill a demon, where exactly does it go?