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The Godsend (1980)

An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children ... See full summary »

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Gabrielle Beaumont

Writers:

Olaf Pooley (screenplay), Bernard Taylor (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Stoddard ... Alan Marlowe
Cyd Hayman ... Kate Marlowe
Angela Pleasence ... The Stranger
Patrick Barr ... Dr. Collins
Wilhelmina Green ... Bonnie
Joanne Boorman ... Bonnie as Baby
Angela Deamer Angela Deamer ... Lucy Marlowe
Clarissa Young Clarissa Young ... Younger Lucy
Lee Gregory Lee Gregory ... Davy Marlowe
Piers Eady Piers Eady ... Sam Marlowe
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Mrs. Taverner
Artro Morris Artro Morris ... Mr. Taverner
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... Reporter
James Snell James Snell ... London Doctor
Corinne Skinner-Carter Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Hospital Doctor
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Storyline

An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children make them consider whether the little girl is more than she appears. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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If Bonnie is a gift from Heaven...for God's sake take her back..! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror-Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

CAD12,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story was adapted into a film released in 1980 starring Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman and Angela Pleasence. The film made its DVD debut courtesy of Shout! Factory and MGM Home Entertainment on August 20, 2013 and in summer 2015 first time on Blu-Ray via Scream Factory. See more »

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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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A very average film with an incredibly scary star
19 September 2001 | by Boris GrushenkoSee all my reviews

The film is basically a complete rip-off of the evil child genre and, to be honest, Omen makes a much better job of it. A young couple, living in an idyllic country setting, are visited by a pregnant woman who gives birth at their house and then disappears mysteriously leaving her baby daughter. A series of "accidental" deaths follows in the household and eventually the parents come to realise that the demonic child is the cause.

The film adds nothing to the genre, but it is almost worth watching just for the evil child. After each death, the camera zooms up on her face and she wears an expression of pure evil. Very disturbing. I remember seeing the film when I was 15 and could not forget her face.

Apart from that, the Godsend is pretty missable.


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