The Prodigy

Coming Soon On-Demand 26 June 2019

What's wrong with Miles?

A gifted young boy begins to terrorise his family in this horror thriller from the director of The Pact.

Fearing for her family’s safety, his mother (Taylor Shilling, Orange is the New Black) becomes torn between loving and protecting him or investigating what – or who – is causing his dark turn.


Directed by

Written by

Horror, Thriller


Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language & horror

USA, Hong Kong

Hollywood Reporter


Struggling throughout with issues of structure and pacing, Nicholas McCarthy's horror feature threatens to debase standards for the genre to levels that even undiscriminating thrillseekers seem likely to reject.



"The Prodigy" could stand to stretch its R-rating to even ickier ends, but its psychological surprises are the ones that really stick.

Variety (USA)


While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life.

Los Angeles Times


[A] tense and gripping, persuasively acted horror-thriller that evokes such evil-child flicks as "The Omen," "The Exorcist," "The Bad Seed" and "The Good Son," while carving its own pulse-pounding, if inherently far-fetched niche in the process.

New York Times


The movie's occasional chills do little to obscure the thin plotting, problematic pacing and a central mystery that's left aggravatingly vague. (Simon Abrams)


McCarthy's direction is so sleepy that a number of key scenes fizzle out before they can pay off with the next big jump scare.