Mikey (film)

Mikey is a 1992 American psychological crime slasher film directed by Dennis Dimster and written by Jonathan Glassner.[1] It stars Brian Bonsall as Mikey, a young boy adopted by a family, who turns out to be a violent psychopath.

Mikey
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Directed byDennis Dimster
Produced byPeter Abrams
Natan Zahavi
Robert L. Levy
Written byJonathan Glassner
StarringBrian Bonsall
Josie Bissett
Ashley Laurence
John Diehl
Mimi Craven
Whitby Hertford
Lyman Ward
Lorenzo Obias
Music byTim Truman
CinematographyTom Jewett
Edited byOmer Tal
Natan Zahavi
Production
company
Distributed byImperial Entertainment
Sterling Home Entertainment
Ascot Video
C/FP Video
Cineglobe
Release date
  • September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Mikey, a 9-year-old homicidal boy, is setting newspapers on fire in his basement. He blames his younger sister, Beth, when his foster mother, Grace, reprimands him for it. Grace slaps him, and he later yells at Beth, asking her why she did not defend him. He ends up throwing her doll into the pool. When Beth reaches to get it, Mikey jumps up and down on the diving board, causing her to fall into the pool and drown.

He goes upstairs to the bathroom, where he overhears Grace taking a bath and telling a friend on the phone that adopting Mikey might have been a mistake. The phone dies, and Grace notices Mikey standing in front of the tub. Startled, she chides him for not knocking before he came in. He accuses Grace and Harold of not loving him anymore, but she denies that, saying they both love him very much. However, Mikey doesn't believe her; he picks up her blow dryer, turns it on, and begins to taunt her. He throws it into the water and she is instantly electrocuted.

Mikey goes downstairs and pours marbles onto the floor. When his foster father Harold arrives home, he calmly goes to greet him. They sit and talk for a moment until Harold sees his daughter floating lifelessly in the pool. He rushes towards the door, but slips on the marbles Mikey had laid down earlier. After Harold crashes through the door panel, Mikey proceeds to kill him by beating him in the head with a baseball bat. It is then revealed that Mikey has been taping the murders in secret. Soon after that, the police have arrived to investigate the murders and they finally find Mikey "hiding" in a closet. He tells them a man came in and killed his family.

A psychiatrist recommends that Mikey be fostered as soon as possible. His foster mother's sister is put forward as a prospective foster career, but she does not want anything to do with Mikey. She states that he was adopted, and that it was suspected that he was abused by members of his family.

Mikey is fostered by Neil and Rachel Trenton, who don't know about Mikey's past. Mikey initially seems an amiable and loving child, asking, "Are you going to be my new mommy and daddy?" when he first meets the Trentons and exhibiting caring behavior towards his new mother's fish. However, soon Mikey begins to draw pictures of his murders, which his foster parents don't recognize. He also begins to self-mutilate his arm with a thumbtack at school. His teacher notices, and tells his foster parents, who refuse to believe it. Mikey becomes irate when his new mother sells the baby fish he was placed in charge of feeding. He yells that she doesn't really love him and that she's not his real mother, and Neil is not his real father. Another incident occurs shortly after when Mikey walks in on his mother in the bath. He says he was bringing her flowers for being such a great mom, and then sets the flowers down and picks up her curling iron. He tells her he knows that if he threw it in the water, it would electrocute her like an electric chair. She tells him to unplug it and leave. He does so without complaint.

Mikey then falls in love with his new best friend, Ben's older sister, Jessie. She, however, is not interested in him as she is 15 years old and is dating a young man named David. One night, after Mikey had slingshot rocks at Jessie's window, David is told to leave. Mikey murders Jessie's cat, Rosie, but makes it look as if David had accidentally killed her. Depressed and angry, Jessie breaks up with David. However, they later get back together; upon Mikey’s discovery of this he tricks Jessie into leaving David alone in the hot tub. Mikey yells at David for killing Rosie and kicks a stereo into the water; David is killed instantly. Once again, Mikey films the murder.

The next day, Mikey is allowed to stay home from school. He sits, with Jessie telling her not to be sad because David deserved to die for killing Rosie. Jessie tells him it’s “sick” and Mikey responds, "Now you can just love me." She tells Mikey to leave her alone when he tries to embrace her. Suspecting Mikey killed David, Jessie goes to Rachel and tells her something is wrong with Mikey and that she is in danger. Assuming Jessie is simply stressed over David, Rachel politely asks her to leave.

Mikey's teacher Shawn, who is also a family friend, discovers the connection between Mikey's previous foster mother and David. She informs Mr. Jenkins, who tells her he will go to with her to talk to the family. He finds a gun in her purse and immediately takes it.

Meanwhile, Mikey hears the argument between Rachel and Jessie. Rachel goes upstairs and finds Mikey watching a movie. He tells her he's watching ‘Mikey's Funniest Home Movies’. She realizes that it is the taping of David's murder. Mikey stands, holding a hammer. Rachel demands that Mikey give it to her and he agrees. He pretends to hand it over before smashing her hand. He begins to beat her with the hammer. She pushes him down and says it's over. He continues to beat and she begs "no more!"; she manages to lock herself in her bedroom. She tries to call for help, but the phone does not work. Mikey smashes through the patio door. He picks up a shard of glass and rushes towards Rachel with it. They both fly off the balcony and are soon discovered by Shawn and Mr. Jenkins. Rachel's throat is slit and Mikey appears to have no pulse. Mr. Jenkins says he will go in and call the police and Shawn says she'll wait. When he goes in, Mikey is still on top of Rachel. He sets his gun on the counter to call the police where unbeknownst to Jenkins, Mikey takes the gun to remove the bullets and replaces it back on the counter. Mr. Jenkins heads back outside when he realizes the phone doesn't work but passes Rachel's body and sees Mikey is no longer there. Mikey comes in with a bow and arrow; Mr. Jenkins tries to shoot, but Mikey took the bullets from the gun. Mikey then shoots him through the heart with an arrow. Shawn comes in and Mikey starts to sling marbles at her with his slingshot. He tells her he really liked her marble game and then proceeds to take a ball bearing and hit her in the head. She dies instantly.

Mikey begins to take all the dead bodies and put them at the dinner table. He also turns all the oven dials on high. His father calls and tells him he'll be home soon. Mikey then showers and goes over to Jessie's house. He asks if Ben is home. She tells him no and to go home. She slams the door and runs upstairs only to be greeted by Mikey who climbed in through his "secret" way. She tells him to use the front door to leave and locks her door. When she opens the door, Mikey shoots an arrow at her. It misses and hits a picture that once had her and David on it, but Mikey puts a photo of himself in David's place.

Hearing his dad's car pull in, Mikey rushes to greet him. Jessie tries to yell from the window, but Neil doesn't hear her and goes inside. Once inside, they chit chat for a moment. Mikey then grabs his dad's arm telling him there's a surprise. His father sees all of the murder victims, Rachel, Shawn and Mr. Jenkins along with a skeleton at the table. Speechless and unable to move, Neil's last vision is that of Mikey lighting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it into the house and the house explodes. Jessie is seen talking to cops who assure her they found the remains of a 10-year-old male.

Later, another couple is about meet their adoptive child, Josh, who was found wandering and suffering from complete amnesia. Josh is revealed to be Mikey who faked his death after the explosion incident and again asks, "Are you going to be my new mommy and daddy?" as the movie ends.

CastEdit

  • Brian Bonsall as Michael "Mikey" Holt
  • Josie Bissett as Jessie Owens
  • Ashley Laurence as Shawn Gilder
  • John Diehl as Neil Trenton
  • Mimi Craven as Rachel Trenton
  • Whitby Hertford as Ben Owens
  • Lyman Ward as Mr. Jenkins
  • David Rogge as David
  • Mark Venturini as Detective Jack Reynolds
  • Laura Robinson as Grace Calvin (last name revealed within a newspaper article in the film as "Kelvin")
  • Steve Hart as Harold Calvin (last name revealed within a newspaper article in the film as "Kelvin")
  • Keeley Marie Gallagher as Beth Calvin (last name revealed within a newspaper article in the film as "Kelvin")
  • Lorenzo Obias as New Adoptive Father

UK banEdit

In the United Kingdom, the film was submitted to the BBFC for a video certificate around the time of the James Bulger murder in Liverpool in 1993. The BBFC, under strict head censor James Ferman, extensively deliberated over whether or not to pass the film, worrying that it would be targeted in the media furore over video violence, stemming from press reports that the two boys responsible for Bulger's murder had been inspired by a rented video of Child's Play 3.

The BBFC eventually called in child psychologists and police to view the film; the child psychologists deemed it potentially harmful to impressionable young viewers, such as those who murdered Bulger. Cuts to reduce the impact of the strongest scenes were felt to make little impact on the film as a whole. By 1996, the distributor's rights to release the film were about to run out and, under pressure to make a decision, the BBFC were forced to Reject the film.[2] As of 2021, Mikey is available to stream on Amazon Prime in the UK. The details page for the film references the James Bulger case, the ban and the fact the film remains unrated by the BBFC.

The Irish Film Classification Office passed the film 18 uncut, and it was subsequently released on VHS there, with a notice on the sleeve that it was banned in the UK.[3]

ReceptionEdit

TV Guide panned the movie, which they felt was directed with "negligible flair" and had a "horrifying but implausible story".[4] Allmovie also panned Mikey, rating it at one and a half stars out of five.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Mikey". AllMovie. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mikey", BBFC, 5 October 2010, retrieved 13 March 2021
  3. ^ "Mikey - rare Irish big box PAL VHS horror previously banned in the UK", eBay, retrieved 13 March 2021
  4. ^ "Mikey (review)". TV Guide. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Mikey (1992)". Allmovie. Retrieved 2 September 2015.

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