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They say when you're born you're given your eternal soul. The part of you that lives on, lives again. Whatever evil she is, didn't come from us. It was already there. From the moment she came into being, she brought something with her. Something older, destructive. Soul of a demon.
~ Edward Sullivan about Lily.
I can see you.
~ Lillith "Lily" Sullivan
You have to do what I say. If I say I want to go to group, you have to do it. If I say I want a new dress, you have to do it. If I say I want ice cream every day, after school, you have to do it, okay?
~ Lillith "Lily" Sullivan

Lillith "Lily" Sullivan is a demonic little girl and the main antagonist of the 2009 psychological horror film Case 39.

She was portrayed by Jodelle Ferland who played Alessa Gillespie in the film Silent Hill on the best-selling Silent Hill videogame series and Bree Tanner from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Biography

Lillith "Lily" Sullivan was born to Edward "Eddie" Sullivan and Margaret Sullivan in the August of 1997 and they were a family but only for a decade; strange and terrible things happen to the Sullivan family as Margaret's two healthy brothers named Bret and Travis, and Edward's three sisters, all suddenly died strangely since her birth and both Lilith's parents were still alive but they blamed her for their fatalities and they even feared and hated her.

Social worker Emily Jenkins is assigned to investigate her 39th case, the family of the 10 year-old child Lillith Sullivan, as her grades in school have declined from As to Ds and an emotional rift with her parents has emerged. Emily suspects that the parents have been mistreating Lillith. Emily's fears are confirmed when Lillith's parents try to kill her by roasting her in the oven at home, even mentioned they were going to send her to hell. Emily saves Lillith with the help of Detective Mike Barron. Lillith is originally sent to a children's home, but she begs Emily to look after her instead. With the agreement of the board, Emily is assigned to take care of Lillith until a suitable foster family comes along. In the meantime, Lillith's parents, Edward and Margaret, are placed in a mental institution.

Not too long after Lillith moves in, strange things begin to happen around Emily. Two weeks later, another of Emily's cases, a boy named Diego, suddenly murders his parents Javier and Juanita in their sleep in the dead of the night, and Barron informs Emily that somebody phoned Diego from her house the night before the crime. As she is suspected of involvement in the incident, Lillith undergoes a psychiatric evaluation by Emily's best friend, Douglas J. Ames. During the session, however, Lillith turns the evaluation around, asking Douglas what his fears are and subtly threatening him. That night, Douglas receives a strange phone call and is panicked by a mass of hornets coming out of his body; in hysteria, he kills himself in his bathroom.

Emily gradually becomes fearful of Lillith, so she heads to the mental asylum for answers from Lillith's parents. Only Margaret has been put in restraint in her cell, leaving Edward under close watch from guards tell her that Lillith is a demon who feeds on emotion (especially and specifically positive emotion such as goodness, kindness and decency), and that they tried to kill her in an attempt to save themselves. He tells Emily that the only way to kill Lillith is to get her to sleep. Shortly after Emily leaves the asylum, Lillith's mother is fatally burnt (similar to what Lillith felt during her parents' attempt to destroy her) and her father is stabbed in the eye after attacking a fellow inmate through whom the voice of Lillith spoke. Barron initially thinks Emily should seek psychiatric help, but is later convinced when he receives a strange phone call in his home from Lillith. He arms himself to help Emily. However, he inadvertently shoots himself in the head with a shotgun when Lilith makes him imagine he is being attacked by dogs.

After realizing that her closest colleagues have been eliminated, and that the rest of her cases will be next, Emily serves Lillith tea spiked with sedative. While Lillith is asleep, Emily sets fire to her house, hoping to get rid of her. However, the girl escapes unharmed. A police officer escorts Emily and Lillith to a temporary place to sleep. As Emily is following the police cars, she suddenly takes a different route and drives her car at a high speed, hoping to bring fear to Lillith. Instead, Lillith forces Emily to relive her childhood memory of her mother driving fast in a rainstorm. Emily fights through the memory, telling herself that it is not real. The image fades, and Lillith appears scared by the fact that Emily was able to fight through her illusion.

Lillith

Lillith in her demonic true form.

Emily drives the car off a pier. As the car sinks, Emily struggles to lock Lillith (now in her natural demon form) in the trunk. Emily then attempts to swim to the surface. However, the demon grabs Emily's foot to stop her swim away. Emily struggles and eventually breaks free as a trapped Lillith sinks to the bottom. Emily climbs atop the pier and attempts to recover from the ordeal.

Alternate Ending

An alternate ending can be found on the DVD as a deleted scene in the Special Features section. In the alternate ending, Emily careens through the harbor gate and drives the car off the pier into the Bay just as in the theatrical ending. The car sinks to the bottom and fills with water. Suddenly, a man swims down to the car, opens Lillith's door, and carries her to the surface, leaving Emily behind. Emily tries unsuccessfully to open her door but begins to pass out. Suddenly, the man reappears and frees her, too. As the ambulance carries Emily away, a news broadcast details the event. Margaret Sullivan who was still alive somehow, can be seen watching it. In the final scenes, Emily frantically pleads with her lawyer to tell her where Lillith is, while Lillith arrives at the home of her new foster family from Cloverfield in California (as mentioned in the film earlier) and turns to wink at the camera sadistically as her cycle of cruelty begins to repeat itself.

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Trivia

  • Her first "Lillith" is a pun on the name of the demon Lilith in Hebrew folklore and Judeo Christian tradition.
  • Chloë Grace Moretz (Abby from Let Me In and Carrie White from Carrie (2013)) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Esther Coleman from Orphan) were considered for the part of Lillith.
  • Margaret Sullivan in her videotaped interview with the police says that her daughter Lillith "sizes" people up the way she intuits things, something that a normal person does not. She warns that what she does with that "ability" to intuit is but by far sinister.

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