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The Children (2008)

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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.

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Elaine and Jonah and their teenage daughter and young son, come to spend New Year with her sister Chloe and husband Robbie and their three young children at their isolated country home. One by one the children, after apparently being sick, become increasingly malevolent. Written by don @ minifie-1

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You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out.


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Rated R for disturbing bloody violent content, terror, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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5 December 2008 (UK)  »

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£98,205 (UK) (5 December 2008)

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£199,259 (UK) (12 December 2008)
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Was nominated for the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Horror Movie. See more »

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In the close-up shots when Casey is bashing at the wood to get out the bedroom we see the door is gouged and smeared with blood. In the longer shots there are no marks on the door at all. See more »

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Elaine: Come on now, Daddy's not angry!
Jonah: No, Daddy's very angry!
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Fast Flyin' Freddie
Written by Eva Abraham / Andrew Waterworth (as Andy Waterworth)
Performed by Eva Abraham & The Nat Franklin Trio
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31 March 2009 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

Horrid smug Middle class parents get killed by and kill their own children, what could be better? Who could not enjoy this? Well, other than 15 year olds who can't appreciate a horror film with *shock horror* time spent on genuine character development, a decent script and people behaving in a believable manner when confronted and confused by the horror they're confronted with.

The Children is great because it's a rare oasis in the desert of generic (mainly US) horror, these are parents who understandably find it difficult to accept their own children have become killers and are obviously not too enamoured with the idea of killing their own offspring (which explains to certain 15 year old fools why the adults are so easily overcome). There are no generic idiot teens walking into danger for no discernible reason, in fact the one teen Casey (played excellently by Hannah Tointon) is the strongest character in the film.

This is the best Horror film I've seen in quite a while...if it doesn't appeal to teenage horror fans...so much the better.


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