- Actors: Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Contender Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001HN6PP8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Children [DVD]
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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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A Christmas holiday at a remote country home turns into a fight for survival when the children suddenly start to turn on the adults.....
Could you kill your own kid? There's a nasty edge to Shankland's little shocker, and we are not just talking about creepy kids offing adults here. Although lifting freely from classic evil-children horrors from the past, The Children manages to remain fresh by playing on the aspect of the parents' refusal to accept that their cherubic offspring could do evil. Even when faced with blatant malevolence, the adults struggle to fight back. I mean, could you drop-kick your own child down the stairs? Added kicker in the writing is that the only character in the set-up who grasps what is going on is the troubled teenager (Tointon excellent), a nice twist for it is so often the case in horror movies that we bemoan dumb teens doing even dumber things.
With the makers unfolding the drama amongst a virginal snowy setting, there's much thought gone into crafting more than just a standard gory shocker. Shankland shows a good sense of mood and pacing, drip-feeding the unease and never getting carried away with the premise. His closeup camera-work has an unsettling quality to it, while the deaths are inventive and mercifully not over done, the editing neatly giving us the viewers the chance to fill in the blanks. Some of the adult actors irritate rather than gain our belief, and the odd "dumb" reaction to a situation rears its ugly head. But mostly this is a thoughtful and spicy Brit horror that's worth seeking out by those after more than your rank and file slasher movie. 7/10
A pleasant New Year gathering is marred somewhat by the children of two groups of friends becoming unwell and embarking upon a murderous rampage in this British horror. The only potential explanation provided for this turn of events comes when one of the children coughs something up and wipes it on her pillow, the camera then microscopically zooms in and you see all the little microbes milling about in the fluid. One of the fathers is also involved in bio-chemistry, otherwise it is left to the assumption of the viewer whether they interpret these events as some type of viral infection or another cause not explained.
The acting I thought was good with interesting dynamics going on between the group. Interspersed with quite shocking events, I'm never 100% comfortable with mixing children and horror especially the despatching of little ones so this does somewhat ramp up the visceral shock value for me.
Some of the frenetic scenes are quite confusing in how they are filmed and required rewinding and reviewing on a couple of occasions but there is enough to recommend with this one. Lasting just under 80 mins and with a nice initial story/character develpment for the first 20 odd mins it does pack quite a lot in its slim running time.
Again probably worth 3 and a half stars but rounded up to 4 for ratcheting up the tension. Definetly worth taking a chance on.