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While 12-year-old Mark Evans is at his mother's side as she's dying of cancer at a hospital in Arizona, he promises her that she won't die. When she does die, Mark is consumed with grief, and is also guilt-ridden because he couldn't keep his promise to her. Shortly after, Mark's father Jack is assigned to take a two week business trip to Tokyo, Japan. Thinking that the blustery Maine environment will do Mark some good, Jack leaves Mark with Jack's brother Wallace Evans in Maine while Jack is on his trip. Wallace and his wife Susan have a son Mark's age named Henry and an 8-year-old daughter named Connie. Wallace and Susan's 3-year-old son Richard died by drowning in the bathtub a few months ago. At first, Mark and Henry get along great, but Mark begins to notice that Henry's ideas of fun differ significantly from his own. Henry threatens to topple Mark from a 15 meter high tree house, and Henry shows Mark his dummy, named "Mr. Highway", which Henry drops from an overpass onto a highway, causing a 10-car pileup. Later, Henry uses his homemade crossbow to kill the neighbor's dog. Henry also insinuates that Richard's drowning was not an accident. But Henry's perfect son facade is so convincing that no one believes Mark. Everyone is convinced that Mark is just acting out the trauma of his mother's death. Mark knows that Henry drowned Richard in a fit of jealousy because it seemed to Henry that Susan and Wallace were giving Richard the most attention. Also, Mark believes that his mother has been reincarnated in Susan, and he makes the mistake of telling Henry about it. Fueled by more jealousy than ever before, Henry's reign of terror escalates, and he hints to Mark that he plans to kill Connie for the same reason why he killed Richard. But even after Connie survives a suspicious ice skating accident, Mark's fears are still dismissed. And then Susan discovers Henry's secret playhouse, and she finds the rubber duckie that was missing from Richard's bath on the day of the drowning. Now that Susan knows the truth, will she save her nephew or her own son?
In a quiet town...In a comfortable home...In a perfect body...Evil can be as close as someone you love.
Title: Good Son, The
Release Date: September 24, 1993
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: R
Macaulay Culkin ...Henry Evans
Elijah Wood ...Mark Evans
Wendy Crewson ...Susan Evans
David Morse ...Jack
Daniel Hugh Kelly ...Wallace Evans
Jacqueline Brookes ...Alice Davenport
Quinn Culkin ...Connie Evans
Ashley Crow ...Janice
Guy Strauss ...Arizona Doctor
Keith Brava ...Doctor in Blackport
Jerem Goodwin ...Factory Worker
Andria Hall ...Reporter
Bobby Huber ...Axe Man
Mark Stefanich ...Ice Man
Susan Hopper ...Woman at Rescue
Rory Culkin ...Richard in Picture
Christopher C. Murphy ...Young Man Next to Swing Set at Park
Mary Ann Page
Michael E. Steele
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More Movie Taglines:
- In a quiet town...In a comfortable home...In a perfect body...Evil can be as close as someone you love.
- Visiting the relatives isn't always a treat.
- Evil has many faces
- Michael Klesic was originally cast in the role of Henry Evans in 1988. The film was soon later put on hold due to lack of funding. A couple years later Jesse Bradford was cast as Henry Evans because the original child actors had grown too old for their parts. The project was once again put on hold and the same problem happened. Then, was once again re-cast and finally shot and released in 1993.
The original director Michael Lehmann was replaced due to clashes with Macaulay Culkin's father.
Richard (in picture) and Connie are played by Macauley's real life brother and sister.
The sight on Henry's crossbow is a hood ornament from a Buick Riviera.
Due to the James Bulger case, the film was not released in cinemas in the UK. Instead, it went straight-to-video in 1995.
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