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The Children [Blu-ray] [2008]

Rachel Shelley , Eva Birthistle , William Howes    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Hannah Tointon
  • Directors: William Howes
  • Producers: Tom Shankland, Allan Niblo
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LM6YY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British horror film directed by Tom Shankland, based on a story by Paul Andrew Williams. A relaxing Christmas break turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents and embark on a gruesome killing spree.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids Go Wild In The Country. 31 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Being a Horror fan I have seen them all and was not expecting much from the trash that is flushed out to us. But I'm pleased to tell you that this movie was a nice surprise. The plot was basic, the characters were believable, and the movie had a nice pace. The basic concept as well as the promotional posters and stills looked great, so the only concerns I had left were the possible restrictions in depicting brutality committed by and violent retaliation against the children. Well I must say that I was really impressed with this film. Kudos to writer/director Tom Shankland for delivering an old-fashioned unhinged, uncompromising, shocking and hardcore-to-the-bone killer kids flick!. The Children is also a lot more than just an exploitative and senselessly violent shlock movie. It's a bona fide creepy and atmospheric thriller, with some genuine moments of sheer suspense, and even a witty social satire, with many accurate observations on nowadays family life. Two couples with mutual offspring as well as children from previous relationships unite in a secluded country house to celebrate the New Year.

Suddenly and seemingly without inducement, a vicious and unidentified virus metamorphoses the children into emotionless killers. Shankland does a terrific job building up a foreboding suspense all throughout the first half of the movie; without showing any graphic bloodshed. The Children honestly creeps you out and makes you feel tense long before the kids' murderous tendencies break loose. Elements that contribute to increase the already quite high level of exasperation include the isolated country setting, eerie soundtrack and - of course - the misleadingly innocent faces of the child actors.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The kids are all right... 16 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
...it's the adults you have to feel sorry for here. `The Children' is a horror movie about a couple of yuppie families, coming together to celebrate new year's eve in a nice, out-of-the-way mansion (one of those with no mobile phone signal just when you need them). After discussing the benefits of home-schooling their offspring and Chinese herbal medicine, the children of both families go nuts and start murdering their parents indiscriminately. Why? Um, we don't know. They just do.

It's actually quite good too. There is gore, but it's done well and not overused. The adults are pretty smug and it's quite fun when they get the smile wiped off their faces using a sledge and a climbing frame (you'll have to watch it to understand).

The first half of the film sets the second, more gruesome, half up quite nicely. The best part of The Children is the children. It was obviously difficult persuading a bunch over under ten year olds to act like Jason Voorhees, but they've managed it here (presumably without ending up psychologically damaging the poor kids for life). The kids are pretty damn creepy.

Some reviewers have pointed out that one of the film's flaws is that the baddies are kids. Just kids. No superpowers or anything, just kids. Therefore it shouldn't be that hard to subdue them. However, bear in mind that those being hunted are the children's parents, therefore they may find it hard to defend themselves against a little person they've spent their life bringing up.

The Children isn't a perfect movie, but if you like horror, you should find it fun.

Of course if the parents had done what the rest of us adults do when our kids get out of hand, i.e. put on Cbeebies at the first sign of unrest, then none of the bad stuff in the film would have happened. All hail Peppa Pig. This film is the best advert for birth control you'll ever see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but it's not very good either 24 July 2011
By jsnell
Format:DVD
in a nutshell 'the children' is about two families who are on vacation during winter, which turns into a fight for survival after the kids turn on their parents post to becoming somewhat psychotic. initially this sounds ridiculous, yet it's actually executed well, with careful developments on the children's mental deterioration, starting with the disappearance of the families domestic pet which then insidiously elevates into sadistic activity on the children's part.

i don't usually like to take films too seriously but despite this, there is definitely an issue with the films credibility; especially concerning the parents response to their children's psychotic behaviour. they irrationally become incapable of effectively defending themselves against their kids, , which may be attributed to the brutality of what is happening, yet in this particular situation it's proves very difficult to believe and is similarly not that scary. however, this wasn't a bad watch and as far as low budget british horror goes it was definitely worth it, i wouldn't necessarily advise potential buyers to steer away, yet it's far from brilliant and won't really keep you on the edge of your seat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun nonsense. 31 Oct 2011
By G Rees
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie, interesting concept: a virus making kids turn homocidal. The only problem I had was the fact that so many adults were killed ....by little kids. The thing is, as much as I love my children if they came after me with a butcher knife or some other implement I wouldn't just let them kill me because I love them. I'd kick the child in quetion square in the face and cry while doing it. These weren't even like 12+, we're talking 5-8 year olds; even the weakest healthy adult woman is stronger, heavier and smarter than a 6 year old. Even if the virus made them smarter, it didn't make them stronger. It's like the parents had no will to live and just laid down to let their children murder them. Even still though, I enjoyed it. The ending however, would have me nervous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Misleading, I requested a television series called 'The ...
Very Misleading, I requested a television series called 'The Children', I received a horror film called 'the children', haven't reviewed it as I gave it away
Published 22 hours ago by Michael A Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars the children dvd
fast delivery good film if you like horrors just my type of thing will deal with these again very soon
Published 3 months ago by MOBLO
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids will be kids
I found the couples/adult characters really irritating so couldn't really relate or feel sorry for them when they nippers started going haywire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
An extremely creepy film. Which suggests that the cause of the children's sudden homicidal tendencies is a virus, but this is not expanded upon. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Emma Lizzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Children (for the most part) Should Be Unseen And Unheard.
Yet more proof, were any such needed, that the ringing cat chorus of the UK being a "wonderful new horror institution" is either desperation born of self-delusion, or the same kind... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ScottPaul ScottPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy veiwing
expected to be scared as watched it late at night on my own. it was not at all scary but for the price paid well worth watching
Published 12 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and well executed.
I for one didn't really want children, after watching this movie I certainly don't ever want children. The whole movie is amazing and is definitely a hidden gem. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sanaboo Farrand
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
It's okay, worth a watch, little creepy but failed to impress where I want others to watch. Worth the money, perfect quality, undecided if it's a keeper.
Published 16 months ago by Ms. BA Woollcott
1.0 out of 5 stars boaring
would not reccomend what boaring film watched trailers for this film before buying but some bits from trailers was not in film do not know if there is a uncut version
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Christopheer T. Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars buyrapreview
do not waste your money on this garbage film.total waste of time.silly middle class english rubbish.not scarey.insult to horror films
Published 18 months ago by buyrapreview
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