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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.


Tom Shankland
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]





Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Crianças See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£98,205 (United Kingdom), 7 December 2008, Limited Release
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In the end scenes when Casey and her Mom are escaping in the Volvo, the car windscreen goes from frosty at the bottom only, to frozen all over and back to partly frozen again. See more »


Miranda: Bye-bye Mummy.
Elaine: What?
Miranda: Be nice to Leah and Nicky
[grabs her leg splints]
Miranda: .
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References SimCity (1989) See more »


Written by Eva Abraham / Andrew Waterworth (as Andy Waterworth)
Performed by Eva Abraham / Andrew Waterworth (as Andy Waterworth)
Published by Hamworth Music
Courtesy of Hamworth Music
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Gore and Tense, but Something Is Missing to Be a Great Horror Film
22 September 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Elaine (Eva Birthistle), her second husband husband Jonah (Stephen Campbell Moore), her teenage daughter Casey (Hannah Tointon) and her children Miranda (Eva Sayer) and Paulie (William Howes) travel to the isolated house of her sister Chloe (Rachel Shelley) to spend the New Year with her family. They are welcomed by Chloe, her husband Robbie (Jeremy Sheffield) and their children Nicky (Jake Hathaway) and Leah (Rafiella Brooks). Casey is upset since she will miss a party and Paulie vomits, but his parents believe he is sick because of the travel. During the night, Nicky and Leah become also sick and Leah vomits something strange. Along the day, the other children become also infected and Miranda attacks Chloe. Robbie brings the other children to play in the snow and while riding in a sledge, Nicky puts some tools in the way and Robbie dies with the impact on his head. Soon the children attack the adults and Casey and her mother seeks shelter. Will someone survive?

"The Children" is a gore horror film with a story that does not explain why only the children are affected by some mysterious virus that make them violent against adults. The plot is tense but gives the sensation that something is missing to make "The Children" a great horror movie. The open conclusion makes the viewer wondering whether Casey is also infected or not. My vote is five.

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