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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:
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.


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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:

As Crianças See more »

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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

Casey: [Annoyed] Did you ever hear of contraception?
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Referenced in The Children: Working with the Children (2009) See more »

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Background Radiation
Written by S. Reid / S. Alexander / C. Roberts / D. Warwick
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Published by Spit Publishing UK limited
Courtesy of Spit Kingdom Records Limited
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Creepy and unsettling
19 June 2016 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting that much from this movie, because it all just seemed very familiar. Evil children turning on their parents who are too dumb to notice anything's wrong until it's too late, there are at least a dozen movies like that. Combine that with an incredibly uninspired title and you get a movie that just sits on my shelf for years.

Unjustly, because as unoriginal and predictable this movie is...it's also really freightening! The scary atmosphere is done really well, and it helps that you don't actually see the children kill for the first two acts. It's all in the power of suggestion, and in the feeling of dread you get from every scene. The child actors are also great, their blank, unemotional stares send shivers down my spine. The plot follows the creepy kid formula beat by beat, but it's not a problem. Just take the obligatory first kill, the one that always looks like it's an accident. That scene is executed perfectly, really unnerving. The movie never really drops the ball from then on.

There's nothing ground-breaking about "The Children", there's not even anything interesting to the plot. It's very much style over substance, but the style is great and that's enough for me to recommend it.


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