Post by Arch Stanton on Sept 24, 2019 17:32:27 GMT
The Godsend (1980)
A couple and their four children meet a strange, heavily pregnant woman in the woods and invite her into their home to rest for a while. Whilst there she goes into labour and ends up having her baby, however when the couple awake the next day, the woman has gone and only the baby remains. Soon they adopt the child as their own but accidents will happen...
Okay I know what you're thinking. . . 'This is a film made in 1980 Arch, why have you put it in a thread dedicated to 50s, 60s and 70s UK horror pictures?' Well the answer to that is because it was made in the 1970s and only just released on the 11th of January in 1980, and so is much more in fitting to something from the 70s. Also the whole feel of the movie is very 1970s and British.
I thought this was a great little horror movie. I honestly had never seen this before and can only assume that the reason why I know of it is because I think I own and have possibly read the book it is based on. Either that or I owned it on VHS and never got round to watching it. Anyway, the whole feel of film is extremely disturbing and menacing, and although not perhaps as glossy, action packed or well made as say something like The Omen or Rosemary's Baby, The Godsend is probably all the more disturbing for it. Not to mention the fact that all the 'accidents' tend to befall very small, innocent children, that really don't deserve to die in manners befitting a 1970s Public Information Film.
Although a Cannon production, the locations are all UK and it's all very British, especially the cast - the stand out of which is probably Angela Pleasence, who, although hardly in it, is mega creepy and gives another unforgettable, unsettling performance. Here she plays the pregnant stranger, a sort of human cuckoo, who gives birth and then leaves her babies in the 'nests' of different families, until her offspring become old enough to kill off it's adoptive family. That is the premise.
It reminded me a little of that West Country Tales episode with the witch, or like I said those infamous public information films (like Apaches) from the 1970s; and these days it could quite easily fall under the 'trendy' banner of being labelled a folk horror given it's rural, supernatural vibe/elements of the craft.
For a late night, under the radar creeper, I found it very rewarding. Criminally underrated on IMDB it does however come recommended by me, particularly if you like rural, psychological British horror.
Sounds right up my dimly lit street - AP made some corkers
She did. She’s absolutely in full out freak mode in this too. She’s only really in the first 15minutes or so but she is absolutely show stealing. If she’d have been in it more it could quite conceivably been a classic, as opposed to the late night creeper it is. She sets the disturbing tone of the film really well and it never really lets up this fraught atmosphere. It helps that she has those staring eyes and silent almost twitchy bird like mannerisms.
From the word go there is no doubting that there is something very sour and malevolent hiding beneath her shy and introverted exterior.
It’s not just Angela either. The kids, in particular the different girls that play ‘Bonnie’ as she’s growing up (Pleasence’s daughter, the one that gets adopted) are really good, as are the rest of the cast.