Plot: A single mother (June Brown) is trying her best to raise fourteen children, but the task is a Herculean effort, to say the least. When she becomes ill, this puts the family in an even tougher situation. As if things weren’t difficult enough, without her at her best to keep things running, more burden falls to the children themselves. Another concern is that with so many kids, if the situation doesn’t remain stable, there’s a real danger of them being split up. But of course, their mother doesn’t want that to happen and she just wants to see her family remain together, relying on each other to make it through tough times like these. But even with strong resolve, can fourteen children manage to hold their household together?
Entertainment Value: This might seem like an odd choice for this site and I’d agree, as it is a straight forward drama with no horror, camp, or outlandish elements. But it is a solid movie and I love to review Code Red releases, so I wanted to have Wild Little Bunch represented here. Also known as Existence and 14, this movie is based on a true story about a family struggling to stay together, in the face of adversity. This was directed by David Hemmings, but the cast is what makes it all work so well. The performances here are grounded and have real grit, which is good since these characters are in such a tough, hardscrabble life. Even the children turn in some good work here and while the emotion is a little forced at times, you have to expect melodrama in a movie about family hardship, I think. I’m not sure how close it is to the real life story, but it is an interesting tale made even more so by that connection to reality. A solid drama all around, with some terrific performances.
No nakedness, no blood. No real outlandish dialogue, given the serious tone of the material. The melodrama sparks a little here and there, as it is solid writing, just not the type of wackiness we reward here. No crazy points either, as the movie tries to remain grounded with sprinkles of melodrama. As I said, I know this is an odd choice to be talked about here, but it is a solid movie. Wild Little Bunch is not on the radar of most people, let alone horror/cult fans in particular, but it is an obscure, well made movie that deserves a little more spotlight.
Overall Insanity: 0/10