I just saw this for the first time, and I think it's a pretty decent "Bad Seed" variation (even if it DIDN'T have John Hurt). I can imagine one huge complaint, and that's that unfamiliar adults spend an awful lot of time around little kids without any questions asked, which would be considered pretty "dated" in a film long BEFORE 1989, let alone IN ' 89 (which was after the whole "milk carton" publicity campaign!). But apart from that, I think it's pretty clever.