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Playdate (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 2012
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After befriending a family that has just moved in next door, Emily Valentine begins to realize that these new neighbors are hiding a deadly secret. And when her daughter is "accidentally" ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Marguerite Moreau ... Emily Valentine
Richard Ruccolo ... Brian Valentine
Abby Brammell ... Tamara Moor
Natalie Alyn Lind ... Olive Valentine (as Natalie Lind)
Julien Dean Lacroix ... Titus Moor (as Julien Lacroix)
Aidan Potter Aidan Potter ... Billy Moor
Darren Goldstein ... Detective Iommi
Darin Cooper ... Robert Johnson
Carrie Armstrong ... Administrator
Maggie McCollester ... Teacher
Callder Griffith Callder Griffith ... Hunter
Taryn O'Neill ... Reporter
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After befriending a family that has just moved in next door, Emily Valentine begins to realize that these new neighbors are hiding a deadly secret. And when her daughter is "accidentally" hurt on a playdate with her neighbor's son, Emily digs deeper and uncovers something in the family's past, not realizing that they will do anything to make sure it stays a secret! Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2012 (USA) See more »

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Playdate See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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About mid-way through the movie the family was in the back yard burring the dog and Olive wasn't wearing her cast. Her arm was broken in a previous scene when she fell or was pushed off the play equipment. See more »

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red herring
14 July 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

A boy is driven off a cliff. Emily Valentine (Marguerite Moreau) leaves work to be a stay-at-home mom for her husband Brian (Richard Ruccolo) and daughter Olive (Natalie Alyn Lind). A new family moves in next door. It's single mom Tamara Moor (Abby Brammell) with her sons Titus and Billy. Olive has playdates with Billy but he seems have a dark side. Titus lurks around and spends his time looking out his bedroom window. A man attacks Emily's family at home. Tamara claims that he's her violent ex-husband. When that man is killed later in a motel room, she claims to not know him. Olive gets hurt while playing with Billy. The family dog shows up dead on their doorstep.

This has the potential of a good horror but as a TV movie, it struggles to be more. It has no style. The dark tension comes mostly from the constant dread of a creepy child. Creepy children is a great horror trope. Otherwise, this does not have much of a punch. I like Moreau but the suburban mom character is limited. The acting is mostly fine. I don't buy the father's cavalier attitude towards his daughter getting rough-housed by a boy. It would make sense for two boys but a girl is different. That's not to say anything is wrong with Natalie Alyn Lind. She's great. In addition, there is a trick to a red herring. It needs to be revealed before revealing the truth. This red herring is somewhat anti-climatic and it loses its power. It could have been a great reveal if it's done earlier. This limited TV horror struggles for mediocrity and almost makes it.


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