More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
4.3

Awesome: 30%
Worth A Look70%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 4 user ratings


Latest Reviews

In Order of Disappearance by Jay Seaver

Cheatin' by Jay Seaver

White Bird in a Blizzard by Jay Seaver

Hwayi: A Monster Boy by Jay Seaver

Butter on the Latch by Jay Seaver

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely by Jay Seaver

Boyhood by Brett Gallman

Suspect, The by Jay Seaver

Reconstruction of William Zero, The by Jay Seaver

In the Land of the Head Hunters by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed


Sonny Boy (1990)
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Rob Gonsalves

"David Carradine fans haven't seen anything till they've seen this."
4 stars

Indescribable, but I'll try.

A baby is stolen and taken in by sadistic criminal Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express, Popeye) and his common-law wife David Carradine. (That's right, David Carradine.) Smith raises the child like an animal, cutting out the boy's tongue on his sixth birthday and training him to kill Smith's enemies. Eventually Sonny Boy (Michael Griffin) grows into a young man who begins to realize there's more to life than abuse.

I found this consistently fascinating, though it's the very definition of "not for everyone." It has a true cult-movie cast, including Brad Dourif as Smith's grungy right-hand man, Sydney Lassick (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) as his cohort, Conrad Janis (a long way from Mork and Mindy!) as a doctor who experiments on people with monkey parts, and Alexandra Powers as a nice woman who takes a shine to Sonny Boy. Written by Graeme Whifler, who also wrote the equally twisted (but nowhere near as good) Dr. Giggles and directed videos for the Residents.

If you have a taste for the unapologetically bizarre and can even find this, it's well worth a rental, though it's a 2.35:1 film and the pan-and-scan videotape noticeably and often compromises the widescreen compositions. Any chance of a letterboxed DVD? Probably not.

If nothing else, you'll never look at David Carradine quite the same way again (he's great as "Pearl," by the way).

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=18268&reviewer=416
originally posted: 12/16/08 04:48:10
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

3/15/11 Robert Zelinsky mind blowing 5 stars
9/27/09 Robert Zelinsky Bizarre film but great. Well worth finding and seeing. 5 stars
9/15/09 mr.mike Recommend it to fellow fans of bizarro cinema. 4 stars
1/04/09 David Fowler Utterly unique! Perverse, shocking, poignant, brilliant! Carradine and Griffin are genius! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  26-Oct-1990 (R)

UK
  N/A (18)

Australia
  N/A (M)




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2014, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast