The Children (2008)

 


 

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

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

Genre: Horror

The Children (2008)
   
Release Date: 5 December 2008 (UK)
Country: UK
Director: Tom Shankland
Cast:
  • Eva Birthistle
  • Stephen Campbell Moore
  • Jeremy Sheffield
  • Rachel Shelley
  • Hannah Tointon
  • Raffiella Brooks
  • Jake Hathaway
  • William Howes
  • Eva Sayer


33 Responses to The Children (2008)

  1. TheFamousElbow
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    We had never heard of this and took a chance because it was free on demand.

    Excellent surprise! It’s an outstanding entry in the horror/suspense genre. Very well plotted and well made – had us on the edge of our seats at times.

    What could have been cliche or camp was handled masterfully.

    If you like this genre of film, see it.

    Dora The Explorer: Children’s role model, or international call girl?

  2. breakthemadness
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    I guess I’m sick, but I liked this film. I mean, it had a disturbing, but interesting story, and was pretty suspenseful in parts.

    Not sure I understood all the family dynamics. I mean, for instance, I know Casey was definitely the blond woman (Elaine?)’s daughter, but what about the other two? Were they full, step, or half brother and sister to her? I ask because I don’t think Jonah was Casey’s real father, and the way he cuddles Miranda throughout the film makes me think he’s her biological dad and favors her over Casey. Plus the way Casey treated Miranda before she got sick and how they kept trading snide looks and comments to each other made me think they had an animosity that went beyond simple sibling rivalry.

    It’s never stated in the film, but I also can’t help but think Paulie’s autistic. The fact that he doesn’t talk at all in the movie, and the parents don’t seem to think that’s weird (along with his constant banging on the xylophone) make me think they’re used to that behavior.

    (EdIT: Called him "Bobbie" the first time. DOH!)

    "Be afraid, be very afraid."

  3. Team_ACBC
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    it was the little blonde girl doing some weird voodoo sh-t i think.

  4. DarthVader28
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    1. Eden Lake Main villian has the same name as me.

    2. Children of the corn 3

    3. The Good Son

    4. Children Of the Corn Remake

    5. Children of the Corn

    6. Orphan

    7. Joshua

    8. The Children

    9. Whisper

    10. Children of the corn 5

    I HATE CHUUU

  5. mybigredrubberballs
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    seriously you can barely even tell what happened to the characters? The editing was too quick whenever something bad happened and it was confusing to tell who was doing who to what.

  6. Red_Otter
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    As a long-time horror afficionado I know a truly frightening scene when I see one, as opposed to a well-made film that simply goes through its cliched motions. The Children falls squarely into the former camp.

    *********SPOILERS**********

    I felt the first death scene (on the sledge), intercutting with the screaming child at the table and the MTV-style flashes of the later bloodied dolls-head (something I don’t normally like but which was used well here), produced a uniquely frightening, cumulatively powerful scene. I was truly on the edge of my seat and very scared, something extremely rare for me. And after all, that is the point of horror!

    On a different but related point, I loved the ongoing ambiguity of the blonde girl’s character (the one who is removed from the table), even more than the obvious question of whether the teen was going to be evil or not (which is of course never definitively answered anyway, but which was also a nice plot point). The Shining-like shots of the younger blonde girl – alone in a corridor, smashing the phone up, etc. – somehow re-imagined the tired old "evil child" cliche to the point that, again, I was genuinely frightened.

    ***********SPOLERS FINISHED*****

    Sadly, as other posts have suggested, this film has been poorly marketed although it’s hard to see it getting a mainstream audience anyway (depressing when you think how many shrink-wrapped Yank horror products make healthy profits).

    My two cents? Along with Eden Lake, this is one of the best horror treats of the last decade; perhaps THE best, despite its flaws (try and forgive the opening 20 minutes of cheesy lifestyle commercial; it’s well worth the wait once the scary stuff sets in). It’s really that good. If you have even a passing interest in horror, you simply can’t afford to miss it.

  7. hippiedj
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    Though both films are different in many ways, there are still some similarities to the 1976 film "Who Can Kill A Child?" (Quien Puede Matar A Un Nino). For example, in "The Children" the kids passed on a virus by coughing and possibly touch, and in "Who Can Kill A Child?" a simple touch used. Anyone know if the filmmakers had any inspiration from the Spanish film?

  8. jorgito2001
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    Someone a few years back told me about a 70s/80s italian movie very similar to this one..I read its more graphic & UN-PC (like so many movies from those days were).

    Can anyone assist?



    Red Mist: 5.5/10

    Stan Helsing: 2/10

    Slaughter Studios: 4/10

    Monster Thursday: 7/10

  9. breakthemadness
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    If you like this film, you might like that one. It has a similar premise, although on a smaller scale. We see the goings on of a family: the husband, a Lutheran minister, the wife, a child psychologist, and their son and daughter, through a series of video clips recorded (mostly) by the dad. It’s similar to Cloverfield, Dairy of the Dead, et all, except it feels more natural than many other films with a similar "through the camera’s eye" premise.

    We watch the family as they celebrate various holidays and events. As time passed, the children’s behavior slowly deteriorates, going from annoying, to openly rebellious, to frightening.

    Anyway, it’s worth checking out.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1267319/

    "Be afraid, be very afraid."

  10. Mateymelia
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    **Spoilers**

    I’ll say "infected" because its not obvious what was the matter with the kids.

    At the end of the film, after seeing Casey throw up that yellow stuff, and get in the car looking all disturbed like the other kids, I was pretty definite she had also turned nutso, but then perhaps it was just trauma? She vomitted because of how horrific it was to see her step dad dead under the snow (I figured that was him?) and seeing that it wasnt just the kids related to her that were "infected", just sitting in the car and driving away was enough for it to all dawn on her what had happened and she was just traumatised, hence the look on her face.

    Of course the conclusion you automatically jump too is that she is also "infected", I know she is a teenage, so it could do the same to her I suppose, but why were all the kids at the end very young? Surely there was teenagers about as well.

  11. Doodlebuggy12
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    plot looks exactly the same……

  12. HorrorCrazy
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    Does anyone know where I can find the script?

  13. Cobb05
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    I wanted to kill myself watching this. The kids screaming really got on my nerves. It made me not want to have kids.

  14. cobalt_blueuk
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    First I have to admit I loved the movie. It was a bit unusual in that kids were killing adults and adults were killing kids – not many movies show that. I liked the suspense simply because in real life adults cannot believe their kids can do no wrong.

    However, I rated this as a horror movie, then changed my mind and categorized it as supernatural….now I’m thinking it’s almost a zombie movie. Anyone else think this is a "half" zombie movie?

  15. chunkylover63-2
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    True this movie has more holes in it than swiss cheese, but I don’t think making sense is what movies like this are about. These types of films are strictly meant to entertain you at the time you’re watching them. Blood and guts, crazy children, slutty teenager. All that was missing was the nudity. It won’t win any awards, but it was worth the $1.00 it cost to rent it from the Red Box. I would have paid the $4.99 On Demand price if Rachel Shelley took her top off.

  16. PenguinAsylumProductions
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    The other Day I saw this movie in wal-mart. apparentely it was released with the new ghost house collection, and on the box it said from the creators of the evil dead trilogy. I looked here on the imdb page and found no one who worked on any of the evil dead movies on here. Did I miss something or is this just more false advertising? If someone could shed some light on this for me that would be great.

  17. miizsasha
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    There were major plot holes and unanswered questions in this movie. Can anyone give a plausible theory?

    First off, why didn’t Chloe trust Casey after she seen the doll embedded in Robbie’s intestines?! Leah was the last one in the tent. Zipped right past her actually…

    And what happened to Robbie? He jumped up. Is he still alive?? Same with Jonah. He was blinking; still alive.

    Maybe the kids finished them off. Nvm about that one.

    Oh, and let’s not forget the flirting between Casey and Robbie. Subtle, but gross.

    Overall, the movie was okay. But like everyone else, Idk how/what happened to "The Children." Or if the police ever arrived and if Casey caught the bug and killed her mother?

  18. Anonymous
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  19. jp2313-1
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    What is up with shiny/reflecting things inducing the kids to go into a homicidal spiral? The cat collar, the toy gun, the spoon, even the aluminum foil on the kids’ sled. Do they ever address this?

  20. Vastarien202
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    The one who was intrested in Chinese medicine seemed entirely too calm during the entire thing. It was as if he knew what was going on, but didn’t tell anyone else what to expect, or as if he was running an experiment and was watching it unfold. Think about it: he took the blonde girl away from the others, stayed away from everyone else, and when he was forced to look for the missing kids in the woods, he picked up that bloody rock as if it were a sample, like he could take it back and analyse it. He must have been up to something, I just don’t know what. Any thoughts on this, or am I seeing things that aren’t there?

  21. wolfmans_got_nards
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    im surprised nobody has said this yet, but hannah tointon looks scarily like rose mcgowan in this movie!! scary biscuits!!

  22. Tremonti81
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    Does anyone know what this was shot on? I know the final print was 35mm, but I know they shot it on something else. Would love to know the tech info if anyone has found it…

  23. severed_toe
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    How the hell could these people NOT tell that the curly-headed kid was demonic?!

    Why would you not roll off of the damn sled?!

    Why would you keep climbing upwards on an old playset as your twisted kid continues scooting back and pretending to need help, rather than tell him stay put?!

    Why would you think your child is just playing or something when he is hold a knife or a pair scissors preparing to attack you?!

    Many other things caused me to be irritated rather than entertained.

    Punch these kids people, christ.

  24. motivator52
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    Right from 2 minutes into this film, i disliked all the adult characters. Why did the director make them so unlikeable? They were all annoying, talked absolute crap, pandered far too much to the kids, showed no ability to discipline, practically ignored the teenage girl, etc. I was dying to see the kids kill them!

  25. Anonymous
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  26. joestone99uk
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    Seriously, I gave her 8/10 for looking like that.

    I’d like to give her something else too…

  27. Anonymous
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  28. withinthedusk
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    ….they are just children.

    No super human strength, no especially frenzied attacking methods…..I know it’s morally wrong to kill/hurt a child but seriously, how hard would it of been to grab one of the little *beep*’ers by the hair and lob ’em against the nearest wall?

    Not a terrible film over all, but I can’t help thinking if the adults would of just put Cbeebee’s on, the film would of ended in a far less bloody way.

  29. phoenixowsnthenight
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    …except Elaine who seemed sane enough. I don’t get why Chloe automatically assumed that Casey was the one killing everyone just because she saw her with the tool thing in the tent. She saw Robbie’s body in there and the baby doll. Obviously that’s not normal and something is wrong with her kid. Then you have Robbie… what was with him and his weird attraction to Casey? Can you say pedophile? He creeped me out during the whole thing. Then you have Jonah, the idiot husband, who is such a moron that he also assumes, just because crazy Chloe told him so, that Casey is the one killing everyone, so he locks her in a room, leaves his wife who is injured, and drives off with their child. And then gets what he deserves.

    What the hell was wrong with these parents? LOL. Casey was the only sane one in this whole movie. I did like it though, I’ve just never seen such dumb parents in a horror movie ever. Ugh.

    I don’t want no part of your tight a$$ country club, ya freak bi^ch!

  30. NoseOfNicko
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    The idiocy of some people on this board is sad.

  31. Anonymous
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  32. Anonymous
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