DEMON BABY; LITTLE DEVIL
Coz Greenop starts the film well. Working on a miniscule budget, the Scottish Highlands are magnificently shot and the film has an expansive look as the duo set out. Things seem to brood with an anxiety, a sense of something not quite being right that you are unable to put your finger on in the ways that David Waymans advances keep being avoided or he is pushed away by girlfriend Carina Birrell. There is a police officer (Cameron Jack) lurking around, one of the few other characters in the film, and his intentions seem sinisterly ambiguous. The abruptness of the flashbacks and the gradual introduction of the pregnancy and the couples back history serves to introduce a series of spins that start effectively exposing the deeper truths beneath.
It is in the latter half that Wandering Rose/Demon Baby moves over into its horror element, although it doesnt always seem an easy fit. It is never particularly clear what has happened is it Rose or her baby that has become possessed? or what the entity inhabiting her is. Moreover, Coz Greenops appearances of the supernatural often seem truncated, not full scenes or else they end without much happening. Moreover, the use of more standard Hollywood ghost story effects tends to jolt you out of the mood of dis-ease that the rest of the film generates.
In reality, Wandering Rose/Demon Baby feels more like an extended short film. And one that you expect would have worked far better without trying to be a horror film. It would have worked really well at around the 20-30 minute length as a piece about the tension between a couple and the progressive revelations about the pregnancy/abortion that they may or may not have had. When it doglegs off into being a horror film as well, it seems to lose it.
Cox Greenop next went on to direct the horror film Dark Beacon (2017).