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Cradle Will Fall
cast: Colleen Porch, Ridge Canipe, Joel Bryant, and Kali Majors

directors: Amardeep Kaleka and Lars Jacobson

77 minutes (18) 2008
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
Momentum DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 5/10
reviewed by Gary Couzens
On a remote farm, a woman (Colleen Porch) raises her three young children and a newborn baby. Her husband drives a truck for a living and is away for long intervals. But soon her oldest child, 10-year-old Jimmy (Ridge Canipe) notices that his mother is acting strangely.

Post-natal depression is a reality for many women: the original title of this film was Baby Blues. However, Cradle Will Fall (the present title) takes it a step further and the mother's depression mutates via some bloodstained hallucinations into all-out psychosis. Jimmy has to use all his wits to protect his siblings and himself from an enemy he least expects. The film claims this story is based on true events.

You sense that the filmmakers - Amardeep Khaleka and Lars Jacobson both produce and direct from Jacobson's script while Khaleka edits - aren't all that interested in post-natal depression but are congratulating themselves on their own daring by having a mother threatening to kill her own children. The result is a very familiar horror story, drawn out to tedious lengths even at just over an hour and a quarter. Some reasonable acting survives.

This DVD was reviewed from a DVD-R screener, which had a copyright warning flashed up on screen at regular intervals, so it's impossible to say how this reflects the DVD that's in UK shops now. For the record, the disc I saw had a very soft non-anamorphic transfer in a ratio of 1.78:1 and a linear PCM 2.0 soundtrack. The only extra is a trailer.

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