Written by Steve Pesce
Directed by Martin Kitrosser
Barbara and Don Mitchell are having their fair share of marital problems. For starters, Don has quit his well-paying job in order to follow his dreams of being a toymaker, meaning that Barbara has to put in twelve hour days at her catering job to stave off the bill collectors. On top of that, Barbara's overbearing mother is always making discouraging comments about their marriage, and Don's brother has recently passed away--leading them to taking in his teenage niece Karen. That's a lot for anyone to deal with.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that their adopted young daughter Jody is actually a homicidal maniac, willing to kill anyone who stands between her and the love of her father?
Don is, of course, completely oblivious to everything that is happening, while Barbara is too busy to even notice. Only Karen, playing the part of Nancy Drew, has her suspicions, and is willing to follow them through to the end.
This is certainly not the first--nor the last--Killer Kid flick to appear on video shelves. The story is overly familiar, and it adds absolutely nothing new to the mix. We've all seen this before: It's The Good Son with daddy issues; it's Orphan without that third-reel lethal lolita twist. The point is, you know exactly how this movie is going to play out even before the opening credits begin to roll.
So why bother watching it at all?
Because you may have seen this before. But you've never seen it with William Katt. Screw the naysayers, he truly is the Greatest American Hero in this beatnik's eyes--even if he isn't sporting his trademark white boy afro anymore.
Besides, sometimes it's a bit of a comfort to sit down with a movie that follows the conventions of the genre that you know so well. There's solace in repetition...at least in moderation. It can still be enjoyed even if it doesn't offer up any new surprises. If you've got a free evening, make it a triple-feature with The Stepfather and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle for a fucked-up family-thon.
"Try to stay calm, Grandma."