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Taylor Schilling moves from tough prisons to troubled parenthood in this familial horror story that cuts right to the core of every parent’s fear about their child. Schilling plays Sarah, whose son Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) is demonstrating increasingly disturbing behavior.
Are the boy’s strange and sometimes violent actions simply an expression of him being a bad seed, or is there some supernatural force at work? Sarah and her husband (Peter Mooney) try everything, but the more they learn about Miles the more terrified they become.
- Jackson Robert Scott
- Taylor Schilling
- Peter Mooney
- Colm Feore
- Paul Fauteux
- Brittany Allen
- Paula Boudreau
- Elisa Moolecherry
- Olunike Adeliyi
- Janet Land
Did You Know?
- The now infamous scene at the end of the first trailer, along with other scenes, had to be re-edited for test audiences due to their intense scare factor.
- David Bowie's eyes were the product not of heterochromia but a teenage fistfight with his school pal (and, later, lifetime artistic partner) George Underwood over a girl that resulted in anisocoria, a condition in which a person's eyes have different-size pupils.
- Miles Blume: Hey
- [points to his eyes individually with a knife]
- Miles Blume: which one do you prefer? brown or blue, brown or blue, brown or blue
- [last lines]
- Margaret St. James: That's what he said to me the night he...
Atom User Reviews
this movie was an edge of your seat creepy and also a few good jump scenes ....
Where’s the horror? Not what was expected, waste of money. 🤷🏾♀️
Another stroke of casting fortune was landing Scott as the disturbing Miles. I hesitate to applaud any business decision that encourages a kid to channel the spirit of a rapist and murderer, but the young actor accomplishes what I can only assume The Prodigy set out to do: make you reconsider parenthood, and just how much paprika you should stock.
The film’s cardinal sin isn’t so much that it’s unoriginal as that it’s so uninvolving it almost assures attention deficit will set in early.
The Prodigy may offer some shocks to those susceptible to this genre, or who have never seen it before, but to horror fans it will probably seem unremarkable and even bland.