Paramount Pictures has been sitting on Christian Alvart’s horror flick “Case 39” for a while now, and I think I know why: they took a look at the film, which stars Renee Zellweger as an overworked case worker who helps a little girl escape from her parents only to discover that there are other evil forces at work, and thought to themselves: “Holy crap. Did we just cast the girl from all those cheesy romantic comedies in a horror movie? What were we thinking???” I could be wrong, of course, but that’s the feeling I’m getting.
“Case 39” is a horror film starring Renée Zellweger as family services social worker Emily Jenkins. Emily thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily’s worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.
Then the real horror begins…
Starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Kerry O’Malley, Callum Keith Rennie, Bradley Cooper, Crystal Lowe, Adrian Lester, Georgia Craig, and Cynthia Stevenson. Directed by Christian Alvart.
“Case 39” is probably going straight to DVD. That is, if Paramount ever releases it and in doing so admits that they cast the squinty eyed romcom girl in an honest to goodness horror movie. What were they thinking?