An intensely claustrophobic film that seems to owe much of its inspiration to THE BAD SEED (1956). Meet the dysfunctional Collins family. The parents bicker--she's a promiscuous material girl, he an ineffectual complainer--but it's their two children who pay the psychological price. Their
small daughter seems relatively undamaged, but older brother Mark (Christian Slater) is a maladjusted monster. Intelligent and precocious, he's also sadistic and manipulative--he's wired the entire house so that he can listen to private conversations or fill the house with Nazi rants. While Mr.
and Mrs. Collins attend a tony party at the local country club, the children are left i...