Director Christian Alvart’s long-delayed anti-adoption thriller Case 39 will finally open in theaters on Oct. 1. The film, which was shot in ‘06, stars Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger, Twilight’s Jodelle Ferland, “Deadwood’s” Ian McShane, and Bradley Cooper long before he was considered A-Team material.
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For those of you who can still muster a childlike sense of wonder over an orphan themed horror movie, the film’s synopsis reads:
In CASE 39, family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all… until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Ferland) and the child’s cruel and dangerous parents. Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter.
Frightened for her [Lily's] life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family.
Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Cooper), dark forces surrounding this young girl come to light and, little do they know, their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror…
While the poorly written synopsis above is hard to get excited about, Alvart’s criminally overlooked sci-fi-actioner Pandorum—a wickedly smart and intense film—has earned the director a vote of confidence from this moviegoer.
Case 39 marks Zellweger return to horror since costarring with Mathew McConaughey in 1994’s The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Cooper’s creds include 2008’s Clive Barker produced Midnight Meat Train and 2002’s reality-show inspired frightener My Little Eye. The Hangover star also did a six-episode stint on the Hughes Brothers’ 2004 crime series “Touching Evil.” He’ll next be seen opposite Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish in Neil Burger’s upcoming sci-fi thriller The Dark Fields.