Relative Fear

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Relative Fear
Relative Fear.jpg
VHS cover
Directed byGeorge Mihalka
Produced by
Written byKurt Wimmer
Music byMarty Simon
CinematographyRodney Gibbons
Edited byIon Webster
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
90-94 minutes

Relative Fear (also known as The Child and Le silence d'Adam) is a 1994 Canadian, independent, psychological horror film that references the 1956 film The Bad Seed. An autistic child is seemingly born to kill, and so he does.



In the book Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination, Stuart Murray describes the film as "the worst kind of example of the prosthetic narrative, where the idea of disability simply becomes part of a genetic method". He states that there is "little recognizably autistic in anything Adam does"[1]


  1. ^ Murray, Stuart (2008). "Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination". Liverpool University Press. p. 127.

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