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Playdate (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 2012
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After befriending a family that has just moved in next door, Emily Valentine begins to realize that these new neighbors are hiding a deadly secret. And when her daughter is "accidentally" ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Marguerite Moreau ... Emily Valentine
Richard Ruccolo ... Brian Valentine
Abby Brammell ... Tamara Moor
Natalie Alyn Lind ... Olive Valentine (as Natalie Lind)
Julien Dean Lacroix ... Titus Moor (as Julien Lacroix)
Aidan Potter Aidan Potter ... Billy Moor
Darren Goldstein ... Detective Iommi
Darin Cooper ... Robert Johnson
Carrie Armstrong ... Administrator
Maggie McCollester ... Teacher
Callder Griffith Callder Griffith ... Hunter
Taryn O'Neill ... Reporter
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After befriending a family that has just moved in next door, Emily Valentine begins to realize that these new neighbors are hiding a deadly secret. And when her daughter is "accidentally" hurt on a playdate with her neighbor's son, Emily digs deeper and uncovers something in the family's past, not realizing that they will do anything to make sure it stays a secret! Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playdate See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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About mid-way through the movie the family was in the back yard burring the dog and Olive wasn't wearing her cast. Her arm was broken in a previous scene when she fell or was pushed off the play equipment. See more »

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"Boys. . .terrible creations, aren't we?"
6 April 2014 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

First off, the cover is a bit misleading and may attract the wrong audience for this film while scaring away the right one. At first glance, I thought PLAYDATE would be one of them zombie horror flicks, but it's actually a Lifetime film which, though truly suspenseful and disturbing in places with some good jump scenes, has very little in the way of schlocky gore and nothing in the way of supernatural elements.

Anyway, the Valentines, a nice, patently normal L.A. family, get some new neighbors, single mom Tamara Moor and her two sons, Titus and Billy. The Valentines try to be neighborly, Tamara does the same, and young Olive Valentine finds a much-needed friend in Billy. The Moors, however, are trying to hide some very dark family secrets. . .

I wasn't expecting much from PLAYDATE, but it proved to be something of a pleasant surprise. It has the usual stilted Lifetime directions with melodramatic instrumentals constantly playing in the background. Still, it also has better acting and MUCH livelier, loaded dialogue than most made-for-TV affairs. {Wow, is Lifetime actually maturing?!} With a few nice new flourishes, the plot-line pretty much follows the formula. There aren't many really big surprises, but there are several good smaller ones. If you want to place bets on how PLAYDATE ends up, the chances are that none of you will be absolutely right on the money even if some of you come fairly close. Despite the various oversimplifications, blank spots, and unlikelihoods, suspense thriller fans who aren't too picky should enjoy and may even really love PLAYDATE.


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