Written by Diane Tillis
Hush Little Baby is a direct-to-DVD film presented by the Lifetime television network. Already you can make assumptions as to the quality of the film and the heightened drama that is associated with all Lifetime films. Hush Little Baby is parallel to any horror film about a possessed child who torments his/her parents, minus any suspense or gore.
A year after watching her firstborn child drown right before her eyes, Jamie (Victoria Pratt) nervously prepares for the birth of her second daughter. There are several incidents leading up to the birth that make Jamie wonder if there will be something wrong with her baby. The labor was extremely painful, which led her to believe that her baby was trying to kill her. Her second daughter, Caitlin, cries constantly around her, but not around other people. Jamie feels her daughter watching her at night. Caitlin is turning out to be someone completely different from a sweet baby girl.
The film chronicles Jamie surviving several frightening accidents that she believes were created by Caitlin. After the suggestion by her doctor, she seeks the advice of a psychologist. As an outsider, you assume Jamie is suffering a serious case of postpartum depression or “the baby blues”. Her husband and family watch as she spirals out of control. Jamie’s madness creates hallucinations in the form of her first daughter, Amanda. Her spirit has come back as Caitlin and wants revenge against her mother. Jamie now must figure out away to save her family from Amanda’s vengeful spirit and survive herself.
The film is presented in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The quality is average. To present flashbacks, the picture is given a blue tint. Some of the later scenes that take place at night in the forest are too dark to completely understand what is happening.
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. Again the audio is average. There are no alternative languages to listen to the film’s dialog, nor are there any subtitles.
The DVD presentation of Hush Little Baby has no special features.
Hush Little Baby is a stereotypical Lifetime film. If you enjoy this type of film, then give it a chance if you have yet to see it on television. Everyone else, if you are looking for a horror film about demonic children, watch The Bad Seed (1956), The Omen (1976), or The Orphan (2009).