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The Children (2008)

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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.

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Tom Shankland
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eva Birthistle ... Elaine
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Jonah
Jeremy Sheffield ... Robbie
Rachel Shelley ... Chloe
Hannah Tointon ... Casey
Rafiella Brooks Rafiella Brooks ... Leah
Jake Hathaway Jake Hathaway ... Nicky
William Howes William Howes ... Paulie
Eva Sayer ... Miranda
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Storyline

Elaine and Jonah and their teenage daughter and young son and daughter, come to spend New Year with her sister Chloe and husband Robbie and their two young children at their isolated country home. One by one the children, after apparently being sick, become increasingly malevolent. Written by don @ minifie-1

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You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody violent content, terror, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Crianças See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£98,205 (United Kingdom), 7 December 2008, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was nominated for the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Horror Movie. See more »

Goofs

While Casey keeps smashing at the locked door and apparently partly breaking through it, it seems her actions also opened up the lock magically. Also Elaine should be still sitting in front of it, however Casey is able to open it the outside way without any obstacle in the way. See more »

Quotes

Casey: [Annoyed] Did you ever hear of contraception?
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Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The Children' (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Fast Flyin' Freddie
Written by Eva Abraham / Andrew Waterworth (as Andy Waterworth)
Performed by Eva Abraham & The Nat Franklin Trio
Published by Hamworth Music
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A Family Christmas to Remember
29 November 2008 | by ukkid35See all my reviews

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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