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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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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,300,051
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Casey's tattoo is the cover art of the album "Agaetis byrjun" of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. See more »

Goofs

When we see Casey smashing at the bedroom door it constantly rattles and shakes madly, but when we switch scenes to the other side of the door, with Elaine leaning on it, the door is not moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Miranda: Bye-bye Mummy.
Elaine: What?
Miranda: Be nice to Leah and Nicky
[grabs her leg splints]
Miranda: .
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Featured in The Making of 'The Children' (2009) See more »

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One and a Same
Written by S. Reid / S. Alexander / C. Roberts / D. Warwick
Performed by Amino
Published by Spit Publishing UK Limited
Courtesy of Spit Kingdom Records Ltd
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Wonderful Stuff.
31 March 2009 | by ScunnerSee all my reviews

Horrid smug Middle class parents get killed by and kill their own children, what could be better? Who could not enjoy this? Well, other than 15 year olds who can't appreciate a horror film with *shock horror* time spent on genuine character development, a decent script and people behaving in a believable manner when confronted and confused by the horror they're confronted with.

The Children is great because it's a rare oasis in the desert of generic (mainly US) horror, these are parents who understandably find it difficult to accept their own children have become killers and are obviously not too enamoured with the idea of killing their own offspring (which explains to certain 15 year old fools why the adults are so easily overcome). There are no generic idiot teens walking into danger for no discernible reason, in fact the one teen Casey (played excellently by Hannah Tointon) is the strongest character in the film.

This is the best Horror film I've seen in quite a while...if it doesn't appeal to teenage horror fans...so much the better.


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