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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.

Director:

Guy Norman Bee

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The plot of this episode is very similar to that of the film Funny Games (1997) in that two young men talk their way into a house to kill the unsuspecting families inside. See more »

Goofs

Just before the Halberts are killed, Mrs. Halbert is on a land line phone when it goes dead (presumedly cut by the unsubs). The phone makes a "fast busy" signal when this happens. However, land line phones' sounds are all generated by the phone company, which also supplies their power. The phone should've been completely silent. See more »

Quotes

Emily Prentiss: [voiceover] "In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological, resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul." Barbara Ehrenreich
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References Helter Skelter (1976) See more »

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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Mark Mancina
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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) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119167/ or US version.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/ 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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