Synopsis: Anna spends her entire childhood in a single room under the care of a mysterious man she only knows as Daddy. He makes her fear the 'Outside' by telling her of the Wildling, a creature with sharp teeth and claws who roams about eating little children. At age 16, Anna is freed by small-town sheriff Ellen Cooper, but her greatest ordeal is yet to come...
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Fritz Böhm
Production: IFC Midnight
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


[film reel ticking]

[piano music]

[rain falling]

Do you want to hear a story?

Do you want me to tell you

about the Wildling?

His teeth are long

and sharp like this.

And so are his nails.

Long and sharp

like this.

And his hair is long and black.

All over his whole body.

[thunder rumbling]

Do you wanna hear more?



You're my special little berry.

[instrumental music]

[door locking]

[instrumental music]

[loud thunder]

[crow cawing]

[music continues]

[crow cawing]

[loud thud]

[footsteps approaching]

[door opening]

Good morning, Anna.

Good morning, Daddy.

I'm gonna listen to your heart

and I'm gonna tell you

to breathe.

Okay now.


Breathe in.


[clock ticking]


The men are getting worried.

They don't see you

around anymore.

Hunt's over.

Sure, but that don't mean

you can just disappear.

Roger, I'm retired.

Alright. I'll see yo..

I'm sorry the door

gave you a sting.

I told you about that.

It's made so that the

Wildling will get hurt

if he tries to get in.

Why does he wanna get in?


you're the last one left.

He ate all the other children.

Who was that today?

I heard someone talking.

There is no one.

There is only Anna and daddy.

Anna and daddy.

There is only Anna and daddy.

But only daddy can go outside

because Anna is too small.

Anna must always stay inside.

Anna must stay inside.

[instrumental music]

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday dear Anna

Close your eyes.

Okay, now open.

I plucked him

from the berry-bush.

[instrumental music]

"Was evident

"that the youngster

had become so accus --

- Accustomed.

- "Accustomed..

To the marvelous.."

One, two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight..

Seven, eight, nine, ten.

[instrumental music]

He's in a better place.

I'm gonna take him

to where I plucked him

and I'm going to bury him there

and then after a while

a bush will grow out of him

and then when the spring comes

it'll grow new berries.

And Dusty will grow back?


but it will be a new Dusty.

[clock ticking]

[instrumental music]

[music continues]


What's wrong with me?

You're sick.

[door opening]

Anna, this is medicine

and Daddy needs

to see your tummy.

Good girl.

Now Daddy is gonna put

the medicine in your tummy

and it's gonna sting, okay?

Anna, close your eyes.

Now, one



Good girl.

We're gonna have to do

this every day.

[flies buzzing]

[instrumental music]


Hey, Anna. Anna.

It's your birthday.

Don't you wanna count

your bears?

Daddy... can..

Can you take me

to the better place?

Maybe a bush will grow

out of me.

[instrumental music]


[music continues]


[gun c*cks]

[music continues]

You'll close your eyes..

...and you'll go to sleep.

Then there will be nothing.

[gun c*cks]


[machine beeping]


[indistinct chatter]

Very good, we're pushing

1000 milligrams.

[indistinct chatter]


[indistinct chatter]


[instrumental music]

[music continues]


It's okay.

I'm here to help you.

I'm the one who found you.

Your neighbors called me

to report a gunshot.

Sheriff Ellen Cooper.

I have a few questions

to ask you.

Would that be okay?


What's your name?



It's nice to meet you, Anna.

What's your last name?


[door opens]


...can I talk with you

for a minute?

You sit tight.

We detected a high concentration

of Leuprorelin in her system.

One more day and we

probably would've lost her.

What's that?

It's typically used

to treat endometriosis

uterine fibroids, or

conditions such as paraphilia.

Thing is,

she's got none of those.

In fact,

we couldn't find anything

to justify

this kind of treatment.

Do you think

he was poisoning her?

Uh, it's a pretty heavy drug

with a wide range

of drastic side effects,

but it is very efficient

at down-regulating

the secretion of estrogen

in a woman's body.

There is no evidence

of any menstrual cycle

at all.

I think whoever did this to her

wants to slow down her maturity.

That's f***ed up.

Yeah, I'll leave you to it.

- Thank you, doctor.

- Yeah.


I'm gonna undo these

straps for you, okay?

It's okay.

Just gonna undo these straps.

Like that.

It's okay.

There you go.

Where's Daddy?

Is he in the better place?

[instrumental music]

[music continues]

Good morning, everyone.

So the doctors have told me

what a bright young girl you are

and how well you've responded

over the past week

to all their crazy tests.

I bet you're just about ready

to get out of here, huh?

Well, we think you're

ready to move on too.

So the Belington House

is a wonderful place.

They have a wide variety of

special therapeutic programs

designed for girls just like you

and it's a lot more fun

than a hospital.

Excuse me, I'm sorry to

interrupt, but I gotta say

locking her up again

doesn't really sound like

the right strategy here.

With all due respect, sheriff

I think we can trust

Dr. Rooney's expertise.

We haven't even received

the DNA results yet.

It seems a little bit

premature --

I was just explaining to our

patient, the Belington House --

I'm gonna go with her!

Well, uh..

We'll see about that.

[engine revving]

So you're gonna be with me

until your DNA results come in.

DNA is something

that we use to identify

any relatives

that you might have.

[indistinct chatter]

Until then I'm gonna

be responsible for you.

You okay with that?

You don't like my driving?

We're going less than

20 miles an hour.

It's safe.

I mean, not in, in general.

If, you know, for example

if you're driving

under the influence,

but... I don't drink

so no need to worry about that.

You don't drink?

Not anymore.

You must be very thirsty.


[instrumental music]

Not many vegetarians

in this town.

[indistinct laughter]

[indistinct chatter]

[horn honking]

Little sh*t.

What are you thinking?

Come on, let's go.

You wanna stay away

from guys like that.

[indistinct radio chatter]

[door opens]

You hungry?

I'm not a great cook,

but I know

what goes with ketchup.


Pretty good, huh?

Who's this?

Anna, this is Ray.

Ray, this is Anna

the girl that I was telling

you about from the hospital.

Why is she wearing my clothes?

Because she's our guest

and because she needed

something to wear.

You never wear that shirt

anyway, so why do you care.

What happened to your head?

It's none of your

f***in' business.

Excuse me, language, young man.

Are you his daddy?


No, I'm not his daddy.

I'm his sister.

Only men can be daddies

and women are moms.

Everyone has them.

Whether you like it or not.

[eerie sounds]

I'm sorry it smells

a bit musty in here

because we don't use

this room very often.

Okay, here you go.

[instrumental music]

Well if you, uh,

you need anything

I'm, I'm just across

the hall, okay?


Can we close it?

Are you cold?

The Wildling.

What's a Wildling?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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