The evil kid horror genre feels as exhausted as a Final Girl stumbling over a branch.
Movies like “The Grudge,” “Eli,” “The Ring,” “Goodnight Mommy” and “Orphan” let youngsters give Freddy, Jason and co. a break.
“The Innocents” shames them all, injecting fresh blood into the tired genre.
The Norwegian thriller follows children who exhibit special powers without the morality to reign them in. The result? A disturbing look at childhood, albeit one with a glacial pace.
Young Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) has a severely disabled older sister (Alva Brynsmo Ramstad) and no friends in her new community. Enter Ben (Sam Ashraf), a quiet but intense boy harboring a secret. He can move objects with his mind.
He’s also prone to hurting animals to pass the time.
Another child, Aisha (Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim), boasts her own abilities which shan’t be…