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Documents one family's descent into darkness, using a compilation of found home-made footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, the Poe family lives a Norman Rockwell life. Perfect ... See full summary »

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Documents one family's descent into darkness, using a compilation of found home-made footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, the Poe family lives a Norman Rockwell life. Perfect house. Perfect marriage. If only the children stopped stapling frogs to trees. Something is very wrong with Jack and Emily Poe, the ten-year old twins. And, to stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their minds. The only question is: who will survive the night? Written by MODERNCINÉ STAFF

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content and language

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Much of this movie revolves around the real life attempt by humans to explain evil. It is no accident that the childrens' parents represent the extreme sides of the debate: organized religion (pastor) and science (psychiatrist). In both cases, each parent is unable to explain their childrens' evil behaviour, either through psychology or spirituality. The somewhat nihilistic tone of the film is capped off by the fact that it provides no real answers, instead showing that both sides of the debate are unable to explain what evil really consists of, and what motivates the children to act the way they do. See more »

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Clare is referred to as a psychologist. Psychologists can't prescribe medications (psychiatrists can). See more »

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David Poe: Turn the camera off.
Clare: What? What happened, why...
David Poe: He's throwing rocks at me.
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Tense, chilling and amazingly crafted. You'll never look at your kids the same way again!
10 July 2008 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Just got back from seeing the world premiere of this brilliant pic at Fantasia festival. I wasn't expecting to see something of this caliber! It took all of three minutes for me to buy this film's central conceit hook line and sinker. The premise is relatively straightforward. The Poe's are young parents who like to film everything. Their children are strangely cold and possibly psychotic. Shot entirely from a home video camera (albeit they must own a very nice professional HD cam) the Poe's document their daily lives as their children begin to exhibit increasingly odd and cruel behavior.

While this film is technically low budget, the acting and production values are top notch. The children in particular (the actors themselves are brother and sister) are chilling from start to finish. And what a finish! Brilliant stuff! I hope this pic takes the festival. Best film I've seen so far this year! Excellent use of the hand-held camera trope to pull the audience into the daily lives of the Poe's and to ramp up the tension to an almost unbearable level. People will be putting their kids up for adoption in droves after this.

After the film, the producer was on hand to answer questions. They're still looking for a distributor and while I'm sure they'll have no problem once the early reviews get out, if you have a chance to see this at a festival don't pass it up! It might be awhile before it hits wide release, to say nothing of DVD.


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