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Evil has a new name in Joshua, a terrifying suspense-thriller that "keeps us guessing until the stunner finish" (New York Daily News)! The Cairn's (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga) have it all: good marriage, nice apartment, a gifted nine-year-old son, Joshua, and a baby on the way. When their second child arrives, the young boy begins to resent his parents constant doting on his new sister. Suddenly, a series of tragic events fill the Cairn household with utter despair and unspeakable horror. The events leave the family questioning if it's all a series of eerie coincidences...or the calculated agenda of a sinister sibling with the perfect plan for revenge?


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206230022
UPC 024543492092
UPC 14 00024543492092
Format DVD
Release Date 8/6/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Rockwell,Sam
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Cast & Crew
Benoit Debie - Cinematographer
Dan O'Meara - Executive Producer
David Gilbert - Writer
George Ratliff - Director
George Ratliff - Writer
Jacob Craycroft - Editor
Jacob Kogan - Actor
Johnathan Dorfman - Producer
Katya DeBear - Art Director
Michael McKean - Actor
Nico Muhly - Original Music By
Roshelle Berliner - Production Designer
Sam Rockwell - Actor
Vera Farmiga - Actor
Winner (2007) Sundance Film Festival, Benoit Debie, Cinematography Award - Dramatic
Nominee (2007) Sundance Film Festival, George Ratliff, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The frayed nerves and emotional intensity (not to mention nonstop screaming and sleep deprivation) that accompany a baby's first days make it a natural and underutilized subject for a psychological thriller. In its superior first hour, Joshua, the narrative-feature debut of Hell House director George Ratliff, uses this charged, anxious period to create an atmosphere of unbearably raw tension. In an almost heroically non-narcissistic performance, Vera Farmiga stars as a mother suffering from one seriously hellacious case of postpartum depression. An agitated mess of a woman with nerves stretched tighter than piano wire, she's never more than seconds from breaking into tears or exploding with rage at a world that has devolved into a waking nightmare...Farmiga's recession from her household heralds the film's fall from a classy psychological thriller suffused with atmosphere and dread into one of those silly fright flicks about a child whose angelic visage masks a heart of pure evil. It isn't an encouraging sign when the Dave Matthews song playing over the end credits qualifies as the creepiest aspect of a film's third act. It's regrettable that Joshua veers into outlandish Omen/Bad Seed/Good Son territory when the real terror lies much closer to home.
Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 7
Review The latest in a cinematic line of pint-sized sociopaths, the title character in George Ratliff's uneven thriller Joshua wreaks bloody havoc with a remorseless calm that would give pig-tailed Rhoda Penmark, aka The Bad Seed (1956), momentary pause. If only Ratliff and co-screenwriter David Gilbert displayed a comparable degree of self-control as their malevolent title character, for they unfortunately resort to cheap, obvious scares in Joshua, a hit at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A nastily effective mixture of psychological thriller and black comedy for most of its running time, this stylish and sophisticated film loses its way in a frustratingly vague third act that's more unsatisfying than unsettling...At least Ratliff has the good sense not to flood the screen with unnecessary gore; nor do he and Gilbert let Joshua descend into hysterical, overwrought melodrama, a la camp classic The Bad Seed. What they fail to do is provide sufficiently dramatic pay-off to Joshua's stealth campaign of terror against his family. For all its many strengths, not the least of which are the powerful performances by Rockwell and Farmiga (Down to the Bone), Joshua ends on a disappointingly ambiguous note that doesn't feel earned.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Rockwell,Sam
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times Poised self-consciously between art and entertainment...offers imaginative staging and some superb performances.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle It should be mandatory viewing for right-to-lifers and prospective parents as well as fans of creepy, crawly filmmaking.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian There's drama here, and moments of genuine tension, but there's fun, too, which is the point of a movie like this.
The Hollywood Reporter A brilliant house-of-horror tale with Hitchcockian flair.
Todd McCarthy, Variety A creepy-little-kid suspenser decked out with sufficient class to lend it a certain distinction.

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