Lost Child

 (316)6.11 h 40 min2018X-Ray16+
An army veteran returns home to find her brother, only to discover a lost boy in the woods behind her home. After taking him in, she discovers local folklore about a lifedraining spirit that comes in the form of a child; the Tatterdemalion.
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Directors
Ramaa Mosley
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Leven RambinJim ParrackLandon Edwards
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SuspenseHorror
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Taylor John Smith
Producers
Ramaa MosleyTim MacyCameron GraySarah E. JohnsonGina Resnick
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Breaking Glass Pictures
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Drug usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.1 out of 5 stars

316 global ratings

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  2. 26% of reviews have 4 stars
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OneTasteReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Movie
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I really liked this movie! It perfectly exemplified the dance between illusion and what we perceive as reality. There are occurrences in life that defy explanation and often myths are born from said experiences. Our logical mind always tries to find a matching pattern to better explain things, causing us to sometimes buy into these myths. That is what this movie is about.

The plot smoothly pulls you in and causes you to begin caring for the child and the lead protagonist who is very lonely and harbors many traumas of her own. A myth is presented to her that seems to match what she is experiencing--a pattern match. This realization threatens to pull her and the child apart, yet, is this just her way of justifying her need to remain alone? For as she hints, it is much easier to be alone, that way you never hurt anyone. You aren't responsible for anyone else but yourself.

All through the movie you are led to wonder what is fact and what is fiction. It isn't a gore or even, really, a horror flick. It, instead pulls on our human heart strings and we find ourselves matching patterns within our own life. For I too, have thought many times that it is much easier to be on my own than to experience the bond created between another person. I find myself resisting this. So, I definitely identified with the plot.

The ending is quite good, and just as the bubbles that the little kid had much fun with, they all must eventually pop, as all illusions must. And that is what gives "depth" to this movie.

Enjoy!
46 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsNot a Horror Movie
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I think the 4 and 5 star reviewers just didn't care about the fact this movie has no horror elements to it at all despite the fact it has a horror tag. If coming here for a drama between siblings and a boy in the woods then have at it. If you are here for a horror movie however look elsewhere with your time.
51 people found this helpful
The HellbenderReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
3.0 out of 5 starsSo-So Story
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This film was decent in a number of respects. First, it evokes strong feelings of both sympathy for the boy and fear for the woman’s safety. It also teaches a powerful lesson about the twisted effects of superstition and the damages drugs do to families. And there are a number of suspenseful moments throughout the film as well.

However, praises said, I have to say that the girl is NOT country. She has a politically correct approach to weapons that persists until the very end of the film (she finally grabs her dad’s six-shooter in a last-ditch effort to save the boy). While some may say this anti-weapon sentiment spawns from her time in the armed forces, I just find it hard to see a down home Ozark girl being afraid of weapons and being STUPID enough to live in a hostile community with no form of real personal protection. She walks the country roads unarmed and seemingly oblivious to the fact that drug dealers and hostile moonshiners are everywhere. If anything, her time in the army should have made her tougher and smarter, instead of weaker and dumber.

Her only real “country” behavior lies in her Southern accent and her inordinate fondness for booze.

As a caution for parents, the girl is also a bar-slut who sleeps with a bartender and drinks and flirts around her local bar for kicks. Real to life for a lot of girls but hardly something you want your kids to see or emulate.
16 people found this helpful
BeckyReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsNo Blood or Gore Required
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Wow. This movie was deep and disturbing.
A returning veteran returns home to the Ozarks looking to be reuinted with her brother.
Her searching in the woods leads her to find a small boy. Strange dreams, failing health, and local folklore have her believing she brought home something that is not a child.
Slow burning, so much emotion goes into this movie.
Well done, and wonderful acting by all parties
18 people found this helpful
John A CargoReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautifully shot film with excellent acting all around.
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From the visuals to the story, I was engaged from beginning to end. Leven Rambin's performance lives up to the hype and then some. Landon Edwards did a great job as Cecil. It just felt like a real story grounded in parts reality and superstition with great pacing.
26 people found this helpful
Denise H.Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsSurprisingly Great Movie
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I was prepared to be underwhelmed but this film was great from start to finish. The scenery was gorgeous in the opening and ending sequences. The actors were all amazingly talented. The plot was really interesting in that it straddled the line between horror/supernatural and reality. One of the most intriguing parts was how you never really knew where the filmmaker was going with the plot--was it going to dive into the metaphysical or meander back into the ordinary. Is there "evil" in the world in the form of spirits, monsters, etc. or is it legend? I liked that the film didn't delve unnecessarily into one or the other, and it also didn't try to straddle the fence. They presented the story in a way that left it pretty open until the end.
The characters were really well written. The relationship between the lead and the brother characters really hit all the feels. Very believable. Same for the lead and her on-screen bf (who incidentally was or became her real life husband)...the chemistry on-screen was quite believable.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. I'm surprised I hadn't heard about it when it came out, or even knew when it was in theaters. I'm guessing it wasn't a typical Hollywood-funded film, so it didn't get the press it deserved...which is sad. Everyone in the movie and behind the scenes worked really hard to craft something really special and unique.
This is an excellent film and deserves way more attention than it received.
4 people found this helpful
Kimberly M. BatesReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA great, suspenseful time!
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Best movie I have seen in a long time! Full of suspense and makes you second-guess superstition throughout the whole movie, then change your mind over and over!
17 people found this helpful
AmoebaReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent movie
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This is a great movie that combines broken or toxic family relationships and the desire to heal them with the fear and cultural beliefs that could hold us back. A young boy is found in the woods by a woman who has returned from military service looking for her younger brother now that her addict father is dead. The child is self-sufficient and holds some strange, old beliefs. The woman begins to get sickly after the boy arrives, and many of the folks in town try to convince her that the child is responsible, and not a child at all. While the woman at first doesn't believe in any of the monsters the people talk about, she starts to question herself after a while.

Honestly, I'm shocked that the kid playing Cecil, the boy from the woods, had never acted before and neither had most of the cast. The acting is great and the story is excellent. You start to question what's going on along with the protagonist after enough coincidences come together. Totally worth a watch whether you like spooky/supernatural movies, mysteries, or even just personal dramas. This was shot on location and the atmosphere brought by the Ozarks adds a bit of strangeness that really brings the story together.
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