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The Good Son (1993)

by  |  August 10th, 2011  |  Thriller

When I was a kid, one of the more popular children’s film series was the Home Alone series, starring Macaulay Culkin (My Girl) , Joe Pesci (Casino) and Daniel Stern (Celtic Pride)…  As a matter of fact I would go so far as to say that Macaulay Culkin was probably one of my favorite actors when I was a kid…

Now like most of the kids that enjoyed his work, I most identified his work with his time as the intelligent, and resourceful kid who managed to foil a couple of burglars that are trying to burglarize his house after his family accidentally left him alone for the holidays in Home Alone!

So when I got in to Horror/Thriller movies when I was a bit older, I found it to be interesting when I discovered that not long after wrapping up his time doing the Home Alone movies that Mr. Culkin was playing a more sociopathic child in, The Good Son:

Written by: Ian McEwan (The Innocent) and Directed by: Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With The Enemy).  Starring: Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings Movies), Macaulay Culkin, Quinn Culkin (Wish Kid), Wendy Crewson (The 6th Day) and Daniel Hugh Kelly (Cujo).

The Good Son tells the story of young Mark Evans (Wood) who for the most part is living a good life with his family in a small desert town some where.  He has a dad by the name of Jack (played by: David Morse) and a mother by the name of Janice (Played by: Ashley Crow)… Now for the most part everything is fine, with the exception of his mother being so ill that she is about to pass away…

Mark during his mother's funeral.

With that said, during the funeral for Janice, Jack and his brother Wallace (Kelly) are sitting in a little corner and Wallace convinces Jack to leave Mark with him and his family, so that Jack can go to Tokyo, Japan to finish up some sort of deal that will make Jack enough money so that both he and Mark can start their new lives together quite comfortably…

Jack agrees and decides that both he and Mark are going to head to Maine, where Wallace and the rest of his family live. Now of course the trip out there is not the most eventful, as both father and son are grieving over the loss of Janice.  But that all begins to change when Jack and Mark make it to Wallace’s place…

Mark and Henry during the first night of Mark and his father's stay at Wallace's house.

You see when Jack and Mark arrive, immediately Mark is welcomed in to Wallace’s home, with Connie (Played by: Quinn Cukin) and Wallace coming out to meet everyone.  Now the moment Wallace puts Connie on the ground (she having been on Wallace’s shoulders) runs up to Mark and grabs him and pulls him in to the house showing him the various areas, and introducing him to her mom (his aunt Susan.) After that is when he meets Henry (Played by: Macaulay Culkin)

Now with the exception of a couple of bizarre looking masks that Henry made in anticipation of Mark’s arrival, everything seems to be going well… With boys being boys, but as time passes for Mark and Henry, things begin to get stranger and stranger as Henry begins to exhibit more and more evil behavior, till Mark (despite no one believing him) ends up making it his mission to protect his Aunt, Uncle and cousin Connie from Henry, before Henry starts killing off his family!

Henry and Mark.

With that said, what I like about this movie and  what I am convinced does make this a truly awesome b movie is a couple of things:

1. In some ways this movie as weird as this may sound was kind of a fond walk down memory lane as it was great watching two actors that I was a huge fan of when I was a kid! (Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood,)

2. I thought that you guys might find this to be rather interesting, besides Macaulay, there are two other Culkin kids in this movie, his brother Rory Culkin (who played baby Richard in this movie) and his sister Quinn Culkin (mentioned above.)

3. This movie also had a very interesting time line towards it’s release.  What I mean by this is that movie was originally intended to be made in 1988 with the  part of ‘Henry’  having been given to Michael Klesic (Children Of Men), but was put on hold, and then plans were made to make the movie again in 1990 with the movie being re-cast so that Jesse Bradford would play the role of ‘Henry’, but it didn’t end up getting filmed until 1993 with Macauly Culkin in the role of Henry! Then after filming was completed, it wasn’t released till 1995 due to the case involving the death of James Bulger!

The last thing that I thought that you guys might enjoy is this behind the scenes photo of Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood!

Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood on the set of 'The Good Son.'

With that said, if your looking  for a fun edge of your seat, slightly different Thriller, then I highly recommend checking this movie out as it is a fun one!


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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