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Paul Andrew Williams (story)
Tom Shankland (written by)
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Release Date:
5 December 2008 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out.
Plot:
A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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(113 articles)
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 (From Destroy the Brain. 16 December 2014, 9:48 PM, PST)

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 (From Destroy the Brain. 13 October 2014, 11:48 AM, PDT)

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 (From Twitch. 1 September 2014, 11:30 AM, PDT)

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A parent's worse nightmare... See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Eva Birthistle ... Elaine

Stephen Campbell Moore ... Jonah

Jeremy Sheffield ... Robbie

Rachel Shelley ... Chloe

Hannah Tointon ... Casey
Rafiella Brooks ... Leah
Jake Hathaway ... Nicky
William Howes ... Paulie
Eva Sayer ... Miranda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brittani Cox ... Jojo

Directed by
Tom Shankland 
 
Writing credits
Paul Andrew Williams (story)

Tom Shankland (written by)

Produced by
Mark Brooke .... executive producer
Celia Duval .... line producer
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Emma Hartley .... associate producer
Nick Love .... executive producer
Rob Morgan .... executive producer
Allan Niblo .... producer
Brock Norman Brock .... associate producer
Rupert Preston .... executive producer
James Richardson .... producer
Lee Thomas .... executive producer
Nigel Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Hilton 
 
Cinematography by
Nanu Segal (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tim Murrell 
 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
Amanda Tabak 
 
Production Design by
Suzie Davies 
 
Art Direction by
Kevin Woodhouse 
 
Costume Design by
Andrew Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Conran .... prosthetic technician
Jacqueline Fowler .... hair designer
Jacqueline Fowler .... makeup designer
Vesna Giordano .... prosthetics makeup artist
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects designer
Craig Leong .... special effects armature technician
Alison Rainey .... hair stylist
Alison Rainey .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Louise Killin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Hodgson .... additional third assistant director
Ian Hughes .... third assistant director
Elaine Mackenzie .... second assistant director (as Elaine MacKenzie)
Tim Murrell .... second unit director
Jake Rollins .... third assistant director
Nickie Sault .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kevin Day .... stand-by prop
Kimberley Fahey .... production buyer
Helen Jones .... art department assistant
Ian Newton .... props
Dorothy Sullivan .... assistant buyer
 
Sound Department
Felix Andriessens .... ADR supervising
Felix Andriessens .... sound editor
Anja Bause .... foley mixer
Christian Conrad .... supervising sound editor
Tom Deane .... adr mixer
Alex Ellerington .... sound effects editor
Tobias Fleig .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Horstmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Longstaff .... boom operator
Günther Röhn .... foley artist
Dominik Schleier .... dialogue editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Roman Volkholz .... supervising foley editor
Simon J. Willis .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
David Johns .... snow effects technician
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects floor supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jan Berner .... visual effects supervisor: at Elektrofilm Postproduction Facilities GmbH
Jan Burda .... visual effects supervisor
Anna-Lena Carl .... visual effects coordinator
Britt Dunse .... title designer
Philipp Großmann .... scanning supervisor
Sebastian Leutner .... visual effects producer
Florian Obrecht .... visual effects
Ralph Schamberger .... junior compositor
Kolja Schoon .... scanning operator
Benjamin Seide .... digital compositor
Daniel Stuebner .... digital colorist
 
Stunts
Julian Spencer .... stunt coordinator
Helen Steinway Bailey .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Beeks-Sanders .... additional camera operator (as Nick Beeks Sanders)
Nick Beeks-Sanders .... camera operator: second unit
Howard Bourne .... camera trainee
Graeme Dunn .... additional camera operator
Patrick Duval .... additional camera operator
David Katznelson .... additional camera operator
David Katznelson .... director of photography: second unit
Roland Keane .... camera facilities coordinator
Sally Low .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jo McIvor .... assistant camera
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer
Ben Oliver .... clapper loader: a camera
Luke Stone .... trainee grip
Robin Stone .... grip
 
Casting Department
Daniel Edwards .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beth Lewis .... key costume stand-by
Lupt Utama .... costume supervisor
Shirley Wilson .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Gwillym Hewetson .... first assistant editor
George McKenzie .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Basil Moore .... composer: additional music (as Basil Moore-Asfouri)
Bruce White .... viola
Pati Yang .... musician: vocals
 
Other crew
Stephen Badham .... production liaison manager: Screen West Midlands
Mark Birmingham .... production accountant
Victoria Chapple .... production assistant
Mally Chung .... location scout
San Davey .... script supervisor
Stephen Hole .... head of finance: Vertigo Films
David Johnstone .... insurance services: Media Insurance Brokers
Jane Karen .... children's acting coach
Jane Karen .... dialect coach
Christopher Key .... cameraman: EPK/making-of documentary
Louise Killin .... production coordinator
George McKenzie .... director: EPK/making-of documentary
Marisha Mukerjee .... location scout
Alyson Pengelly .... post production assistant
Alyson Pengelly .... post production coordinator
Alyson Pengelly .... production assistant
David Pollison .... acquisitions for Ghost House Underground
Huberta Von Liel .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Eva Abraham .... the music department would like to thank
Samuel Barnham .... the production would like to thank
Elizabeth Bateman .... the makeup and hair department would like to thank: TIGI
Lauren Bath .... the production would like to thank
Matt Bell .... the production would like to thank
Clive Bradley .... the director would like to thank
Michaela Brooks .... the production would like to thank
Alec Burt .... the production would like to thank
Chee-Lan Chan .... special thanks
Lily Charters .... the production would like to thank
Sarah Chilman .... the production would like to thank
John Collins .... the production would like to thank
Denise Connell .... special thanks
Emily Connell .... special thanks
Linton Connell .... special thanks
Mathew Connell .... special thanks
Matthew Connell .... the production would like to thank
Robert Cowburn .... the production would like to thank
Phoebe Cox .... the production would like to thank
Charles Davis .... the production would like to thank
Josh Suinson Davis .... the production would like to thank
Katie Davis .... the production would like to thank
Cathrine Dawson .... the production would like to thank
Louis Flothmann .... the production would like to thank
Eve Gorman .... the production would like to thank
Steven Grant .... the production would like to thank
Harry Guy .... the production would like to thank
Jack Guy .... the production would like to thank
Jane Harris .... the director would like to thank
Harry Hathaway .... the production would like to thank
Olivia Hennessy .... the production would like to thank
Albert Herbert .... the production would like to thank
Ned Howes .... the production would like to thank
Tom Howes .... the production would like to thank
Ellie Isaacs .... the production would like to thank
Jordan Keen .... the production would like to thank
Neil Kindness .... further thanks
Charles Lillwall .... the production would like to thank
Rebecca Linfoot .... the production would like to thank
Paulie Miles .... the director would like to thank
Oliver Moore .... the production would like to thank: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Alex Morgan .... the production would like to thank
Scott Nash .... the production would like to thank
Scott Nash .... the production would like to thank
Annie Newsam .... the production would like to thank
Tim Norton .... the production would like to thank
Oscar O'Brien .... the production would like to thank
George O'Connor .... the production would like to thank
Emily Owen .... the production would like to thank
Emily Owen .... the production would like to thank
Ritesh Patel .... the production would like to thank
Emma Pearman .... the production would like to thank
Ross Pelling .... the music department would like to thank
Nyree Pinder .... the music department would like to thank
Kezea Pugh .... the production would like to thank
Rosie Pugh .... the production would like to thank
Tristram Quiney .... the production would like to thank
Ella Raybone .... the production would like to thank
Peter Raybone .... the production would like to thank
Sam Raybone .... the production would like to thank
Stuart Reid .... the music department would like to thank
Kate Richardson .... the production would like to thank
Kate Richardson .... the production would like to thank
Lucy Robinson .... the production would like to thank
Helen Rowland .... the production would like to thank
Caroline Russell .... the music department would like to thank
Jenna Sayer .... the production would like to thank
Megan Sayer .... the production would like to thank
Jo Scicluna .... the makeup and hair department would like to thank: MAC
Nik Seabright .... the production would like to thank: Harry the Hog
Abigail Segall .... the makeup and hair department would like to thank: Dermalogica
Millie Sephton .... the production would like to thank
Ben Smith .... the production would like to thank
Elliot Soards .... the production would like to thank
Kassia Soards .... the production would like to thank
Duncan Stahl .... the music department would like to thank
Luke Stokes .... the production would like to thank
Luke Stokes .... the production would like to thank
Lee Stone .... the music department would like to thank
Lionel Strutt .... further thanks
Andrew Waterworth .... the music department would like to thank (as Andy Waterworth)
Jake Watts .... the production would like to thank
C.P. Whiteley .... the production would like to thank (as CP Whiteley)
Jacqueline Williams .... the production would like to thank: Westmore Business Systems
Madaleine Williams .... the production would like to thank
Rob Williams .... the production would like to thank: Westmore Business Systems
Susanna Wilson .... the production would like to thank
 

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Rated R for disturbing bloody violent content, terror, language and brief drug use
Runtime:
84 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Casey's tattoo is the cover art of the album "Agaetis byrjun" of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Miranda:Bye-bye Mummy.
Elaine:What?
Miranda:Be nice to Leah and Nicky
[grabs her leg splints]
Miranda:.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Fast Flyin' FreddieSee more »

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A parent's worse nightmare..., 9 April 2009
Author: Siamois from Canada

The premise of this movie is indeed real, primal horror. During the holidays, a family reunion turns into a madness when children become increasingly disturbed, due to what looks like a mysterious illness.

"Creepy kids" have been done a number of times in cinema but what separates this latest entry from many that came before it is the feeling that these kids are still kids. Certainly disturbed and not totally themselves but not entirely evil. Cruel but not zombies, mind controlled or aliens. There is still fear and fragility, which makes them a lot scarier for viewers, especially parents.

Adding to the horror is that when the parents stand up for themselves against the kids, these acts of resistance are "unsatisfying" to us, unlike other movies of the genre. That is, you do remain conflicted as a viewer instead of the typical Hollywood trash. And *that* is what horror is about.

The story is good, well-paced with a suitably tensed escalation of the menace the children represent. The characters coping with this threat (a group of adults and a teenager) are believable instead of walking clichés.

On the downside, the movie has a definite low-budget feel to it. I was surprised that Tom Shankland would direct something like this after his previous work, the polished horror/thriller Waz. A low budget plus a lot of kid actors mean that corners were cut. The film would certainly have benefited from more takes. A lot more takes, in fact. The adult actors are underwhelming and the script could have used another pass or two to make it more compelling from start to end. There are still two or three very memorable sequences in the movie, such as the one following the first body's disappearance. But overall I think Shankland will cringe at a lot of scenes here. For instance, one character spends some great deal of time with a serious injury but the result on camera is completely unbelievable.

So what we are left with is an indie movie with a lot of heart and that does a lot of things well. It is extremely courageous in its treatment. It offers something good and refreshing. And it could have been a masterpiece with slightly more budget. I'm giving this a well-deserved 6.

As a complement to this film and to see the "other side of the coin", I strongly suggest watching Lars E. Jacobson's "Baby Blues" immediately before or after "The Children".

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