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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Elaine
... Jonah
... Robbie
... Chloe
... Casey
Rafiella Brooks ... Leah
Jake Hathaway ... Nicky
William Howes ... Paulie
... 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.


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

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5 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

As Crianças  »

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

In the ending scenes when Casey and her Mom escape in the Volvo and come across the crashed Range Rover, it is steaming as if the radiator is broken, but there is no damage apparent to the car other than the hood being up. The hazard flashers are also on, would the Dad really have had time to do that? When the Volvo crashes into Chloe and crushes her against the Range Rover, her body slides down, but in the next shot it is feet away from the car to the side, the Volvo is also completely undamaged despite having crashed into a Range Rover with a tow bar. See more »

Quotes

Elaine: Come on now, Daddy's not angry!
Jonah: No, Daddy's very angry!
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References SimCity (1989) See more »

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Christmas Everybody
Written by Eva Abraham / Andrew Waterworth (as Andy Waterworth)
Performed by Eva Abraham & The Nat Franklin Trio
Published by Hamworth Music
Courtesy of Hamworth Music
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Wonderful Stuff.
31 March 2009 | by See 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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