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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 »
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1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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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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 ending scenes when Casey and her Mom escape in the Volvo and come across the crashed Range Rover, it is steaming as if the radiator is broken, but there is no damage apparent to the car other than the hood being up. The hazard flashers are also on, would the Dad really have had time to do that? When the Volvo crashes into Chloe and crushes her against the Range Rover, her body slides down, but in the next shot it is feet away from the car to the side, the Volvo is also completely undamaged despite having crashed into a Range Rover with a tow bar.See more »
Quotes:
Casey:[Annoyed] Did you ever hear of contraception?See more »
Movie Connections:
References SimCity (1989) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
One and a SameSee more »

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71 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
A Family Christmas to Remember, 29 November 2008
Author: ukkid35 from London, England

One of the most effective aspects of this movie is the way the tension builds inexorably. From the moment you see the children there is an impending sense of doom. The children themselves are both brilliantly cast and wonderfully realistic, by which I mean that their behaviour is easily recognisable as the normal behaviour of manipulative and moody kids, until it spills over to the purely demonic.

The rest of the cast who, apart from Stephen Campbell Moore, I didn't recognise, all portrayed characters who were very believable, even if not entirely sympathetic. After all, how can you sympathise with smug middle class parents discussing homeschooling now that they've sold the business? The adults were in fact wonderfully flawed, matched in spades by Casey, who enters the movie as the least sympathetic character: selfish, self absorbed, and distant in the way that only a sixteen year old can be. However, Casey is arguably the real hero.

The script skillfully presents the tip of the iceberg, suggesting and hinting at the unseen part of the characters' lives, never spelling everything out, but crediting the audience with the wit to work some things out for themselves. The horror cliché of characters doing stupid or unrealistic things that annoy the audience was always avoided, as was the use of the dark. Instead the action takes place against a white Christmas backdrop, which sadly reminded me a little of Reny Harlin's 'snow' bound Die Hard 2, but even so the blood on snow motif was very effective.

Tom Shankland's script, and in particular the dialogue, was very convincing, but he is also a highly visual director. According to my girlfriend the Miss Marple he helmed is quite beautifully photographed, and I really liked the atmosphere and visuals in WAZ. The Children also has the same stunning images, which along with the very powerful soundtrack, conjure a mood of foreboding and dread. If you appreciate horror movies with tension and beauty as well as a succession of wince- inducing set pieces, then this is a film for you.

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The kids just needed a spanking. Sknydpr
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