Directed by: Robert Martin Carroll
Actors: David Carradine, Paul L. Smith, Brad Dourif
Also known as: Il dono del silenzio, Satanic – Ausgeburt der Hölle, Satanic – Ausgeburt des Wahnsinns
Description: Criminal boss of a small town finds a baby in the back seat of a stolen car. He and his wife-transvestite cut off language boy and raise him as a silent accomplice of their crimes. Growing up, «boy,» he runs away and tries to establish contact with the outside world, which involves the strange family in the whirlpool of a tragicomic chaos.
Get hold of this film, any way you can (not illegally, of course). Scream its name from the rooftops of buildings everywhere, high or small, and offer prayers to your God for a fully-featured special edition DVD release. There is no film like Sonny Boy: even Leonard Maltin was moved to call it (I quote verbatim) “A repulsive, socially irredeemable waste of celluloid … filmed for no apparent reason other to offend and appal”, and if that isn’t a recommendation for a cult movie, I don’t know what is. Critics said similar things about Peeping Tom, A Clockwork Orange, Reservoir Dogs, and so many more … those films are amazing and entirely individual, and so is this. It’s pitiful that Sonny Boy has so little recognition apart from a few right-thinking die hards – you don’t have to like it, just admit you’ve never seen its like before or since. Get on the bandwagon speedily, because if I am human this film will, in the near future, be recognised for the angry, iconoclastic, unclassifiable explosion it really is. And you can be among those who educated the world. Feel the adrenaline. There.