Night Child AKA What The Peeper Saw AKA Diabolica Malicia
James Kelley and Andrea Bianchi
Britt Ekland, Mark Lester, Lilli Palmer, Hardy Kruger and Harry Andrews
8 out of 10 / B+
95:30 (this is the uncut "Night Child" release, not the edited Televista or Jef Films versions)
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
Oliver! star Mark Lester undertook a change of pace - and then some - with this uncomfortable, Bad Seed-like shocker. He plays Marcus, the preteen son of a recently-remarried, well-to-do writer, whose first wife (Marcus's mother) died a mysterious death. Marcus simultaneously resents his stepmother and feels erotically drawn to her; in desperation, he quickly and aggressively drives her to the point of a psychotic breakdown. He then quietly confesses his act of matricide to the stepmom and implores her to off her husband and abscond with the insurance monies.