Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Children of the Dark 

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.


Guy Norman Bee


Jeff Davis (created by), Dan Dworkin | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
William Lee Scott ... Gary
Francis Capra ... Ervin
Jhoanna Flores Jhoanna Flores ... Carrie Ortiz (as Joanna Flores)
Stephanie Erb ... Dina
Christine Healy ... Mrs. Manwaring
Tom Kiesche ... Lt. Nellis
Mark Doerr ... Tom
Bob Rumnock ... Supervisor
Masam Holden ... Tyler


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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English | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Dark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The BTK killer also worked at an animal shelter as does one of the killers. See more »


When Morgan opens the door to a murder scene, he turns the deadbolt lock, not the doorknob. See more »


Derek Morgan: Look at me. I don't want to hurt you, okay? Let's make a deal. You give me that gun, I promise you I will walk you out of here and you will never have to come back. Sound pretty good?
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


To Build a Home
Written by Phil France, Jason Swinscoe and Patrick Watson
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
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Criminal minds investigates a 1997 Michael Haneke film??
25 April 2008 | by jdaharmanSee all my reviews

It's a basic rip/spin off of funny games. (Delete as appropriate) or US version. 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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