New Materials From “Case 39”

On October 1st the psychological-meets-supernatural thriller “Case 39” hits North American theatres. Today Paramount Pictures has released some promo material for the film which I’ve included below for your viewing. In the film, Renee Zellweger stars as family services social worker Emily Jenkins who comes across 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child’s cruel and dangerous parents who soon try to kill their only daughter.

Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family. Things aren’t always what they seem though. Emily and her psychiatrist friend Doug (Bradley Cooper) soon encounter dark forces surrounding this young girl and their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror.

The project marks the first Hollywood effort of acclaimed German director Christian Alvert (“Antibodies”), who also helmed the sci-fi thriller “Pandorum”. It marks Zellweger’s first effort in the horror genre, not including her little seen work in 1994’s odious direct-to-video schlock “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation”. ‘Case’ is also “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper’s first real big screen stint as a leading man as, at the time of production, he was only really known for his work on J.J. Abrams spy series “Alias”.

One relatively consistent compliment in the reviews thus far for the film is Alvart’s restrained use of computer graphics. The filmmaker reveals in the production notes that the sets were built with moving walls and ceilings, the latter are slowly lowered during the course of the film which changes the perspective and increases the atmospheric tension.

In any case enough of my blabbering. Click on the photo below to check out a gallery of stills from the feature. Beneath that are the trailer and three TV spots, also be sure to check out either the dedicated page for the film on Dark Horizons, or the official site and Facebook page: