Criminal Minds: Season 3, Episode 4

Children of the Dark (17 Oct. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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The BAU travels to Denver, Colorado, where they investigate a series of home invasions that end in the murders of entire families. However, the case takes a turn when they begin to suspect that the killers were once-abused children.

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In Cherry Creek, Colorado - a suburb of Denver - middle class families are being murdered in their homes. The houses have been robbed only of small items of monetary worth. The victims have all thus far been traditional families - mother, father and children. The parents are gagged, bound and eventually brutally beaten whereas the children are murdered by an injection of phenobarbital. The nature of the deaths lead the BAU to believe there are two unsubs, a dominant and a submissive, the latter who acts as the angel of mercy in the way he kills the children. Through evidence, the BAU know the unsubs work their way into their victims' houses through a trusted ruse of some sort, and after entry the victims have no way of outside contact since phone lines are cut and cell phone access is blocked. They get a break in the case when in the latest attack, there is one survivor, the teen-aged daughter, Carrie Ortiz. Carrie witnessed the murders and saw the unsubs' faces. Other information ... Written by Huggo

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The plot of this episode is very similar to that of the film Funny Games (1997) in that two young men talk their way into a house to kill the unsuspecting families inside. See more »

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Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: I teach crisis negotiation. I co-wrote the textbook, and in twelve years I've never talked anybody off a ledge so fast.
Gary: Oh, bit of a milestone then.
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: Why did you walk out that door, Gary?
Gary: Sugar crash.
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Criminal minds investigates a 1997 Michael Haneke film??
25 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's a basic rip/spin off of funny games. (Delete as appropriate) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119167/ or US version.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/ Similarities too many to mention. No mention of Michael Haneke in credits.

What's going on??? Is there a tie in with the American release of Funny Games?? I have just watched the episode on television and am interested the lack of internet debate revolving around this seemingly obvious plagiarism or collaboration. If you feel like you have opinion on this matter then please respond to this post.

Yours Sincerely, Sir Nosey Englishman.


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