Children are often regarded as a blank page. As creatures that, unlike adults, have not yet been spoiled by harsh reality. However, in some movies children are depicted rather differently.
The innocent child remains a concept that we stubbornly want to believe in and which we like to keep alive through art, literature and film. But certainly in films, children keep appearing who rebel against their supposed innocence, and have good reason for doing so. Thanks to horror films like The Exorcist, The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby, the monstrous badchildhas grown into an archetype that is just as powerful and meaningful as its naive counterpart. In The (Un)HolyChild, which is interspersed with film excerpts, film journalist Kevin Toma looks at these archetypes and their mischievous play with gender.
About Kevin Toma
Kevin Toma (Sittard, 1974) studied Film- and Performance-Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. He started his career as movie reviewer for De Filmkrant. Starting 2007 he works as a movie reviewer for De Volkskrant. Furthermore he composes modern music for, and accompanies silent movies. He wrote new scores for and accompanied live among others Sunrise (1927), Häxan (1922) and Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt (1927).