Kill Baby, Kill (1966)

Rating: 6 out of 10 Bites

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I usually try to go into horror movies free of assumptions or expectations. I tend to avoid reading summaries or watching movie trailers– even though this is harder than it sounds thanks to targeted advertisements on certain streaming sites (I’m looking at you, Youtube.). But seriously, going into a horror movie without knowing anything about it is great because in those first fifteen minutes or so, anything goes. The main character just heard a creak upstairs? It could be a ghost. Or a demon child. Or maybe it’s some guy tied up in the attic, who mom has been torturing for the past three years– I don’t know, I didn’t see the trailer. See what I mean?

But like all things, the art of not knowing isn’t always awesome. This is particularly true in Kill Baby, Kill‘s case, because its movie poster is ridiculously deceiving– the main illustration is of creepy doll holding a knife, for crying out loud. So, I went into Kill Baby, Kill under the assumption that it was about a demon-possessed doll a la Child’s Play, only this movie came out in the sixties, so it would be twenty times better. You can imagine my disappointment when I realized (way later than I care to admit) that when the title says Baby, it’s referring to the an actual human child (albeit a ghost, but that’s beside the point)– not a doll.

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Besides being a complete and utter disappointment, Kill Baby, Kill was a pretty decent flick. It was pleasantly atmospheric and some shots were downright beautiful. While the overall story didn’t strike me as anything spectacular or unique, it wasn’t completely unoriginal. It was different than the majority of ghost movies today, because quite simply, it was made in the sixties. It does everything you’d expect a sixties ghost movie to do, and consequently, it perfectly captured that classic, nostalgic horror movie vibe we all know and love.

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Streaming: Amazon Prime

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