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Suffer, Little Children DVD

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1983 UK Alan Briggs, Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose, Nicola Diana, Jon Hollanz



  • Directed by Alan Briggs
  • Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose, Jon Hollanz, Nicola Diana
  • Written by Meg Shanks

Suffer, Little Children (1983) -- Suffer Little Children is an infamous Low-Fi horror film that emerged from New Malden, Surrey in 1984. A 'Kid's film' it was produced by The Meg Shanks Drama School seemingly as a promotional tool for the talents of her early and pre-teen pupils. While at any other time such a project would probably never been seen outside of casting agents or proud parents in the early Eighties the film managed to reach a paying public thanks to a relatively wide scale tape release through fly-by-night label Films Galore.

Suffer Little Children opens with some location defining computer generated titles; "Sullivan's Children's' Home", "Sunday". At the home, troubled kids idly play in the cramped front room and chase each other around the corridors. The chaotic scene is vaguely supervised by the home's two staff members Maurice and Jenny. Polar opposites, she's an easy going leg warmers sporting 80s blonde and has a good rapport with the kids, Maurice on the other hand is an old fashioned man of Gray jumpers and NHS glasses, resembling Norman Eshley in George and Mildred. An average Sunday at the home is interrupted by the arrival of a mute child on the doorstep bearing a letter which reads "Please take care of Elizabeth, she can't speak.". Elizabeth is taken to meet the other children, one of them, Sarah asks what's Elizabeth's 'problem' i.e. why can't she speak. Jenny gently tells the girl off for being so rude, rather less forgiving Elizabeth uses her psychic powers (indicated by a crash zoom on her eyes and a blast of heavy metal music on the soundtrack) and a door slams into Sarah's face knocking her to the floor. Liz means business.

"That Evening" Two of the other girls have a joint nightmare- brought on by either Elizabeth or a late night viewing of Plague of the Zombies- that has zombies clawing their way out of the ground and pursuing the girls. In the midst of their terror the two girls encounter Elizabeth who beckons them to a picnic. The zombies stumble upon the girls and join in the picnic as well. After the nightmare the two girls become Elizabeth's minions.

Elizabeth gets up to all sorts, using her demonic powers to knock fellow children down stairs, even causing a fight in a trendy New Wave club. By the time the adults cotton on Evil Liz has put her plan into action, growling the films title in a Linda Blair voice and turning her powers on Jenny and Maurice who get locked in the staff room and are hit by a levitating potted plant. The rest of the children end up worshipping Elizabeth in the attic and chanting "Come, Devil, Come". Just when it appears all is lost, who should magically appear but a peeved Jesus Christ who then rather un-Christianly starts zapping all of the devil worshipping little baskets into oblivion and does battle with Liz, truly insane.

starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose, Jon Hollanz, Nicola Diana

Suffer, Little Children DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.