Bored & with nothing else on the TV I decided to tune in British director/screenwriter Tom Shankland's second main directorial feature.
It was actually well worth the chance taken. The Children is a good, eerie & chilling film about two sets of parents who get together to enjoy the Christmas holiday with their children. Seeming to start suffering from a mysterious virus the children start to act out & eventually become more violent as the film progresses.
There is always a sense of…
Effective and quite brutal horror as kids get some kind of vaguely murderous zombieish virus and start bunking off their admittedly terrible middle class smug parents.
Nice ending and the fact is steered away from explaining it all is always welcome.
This has a decidedly Children of the Corn and The Omen feel about it, only in that something happens to the kids which make them turn on the grown ups, and horrifyingly so! Still, quite well-made and doesn't overstay its welcome at just under 90-minutes.
Very typical to have some characters totally oblivious to what is actually happening, and you always know they are going to go.
Speaking of what was happening; it's not really explained which I think is better because it probably would've been something tacky anyway.
I've never seen that many kids die in a movie. I'm guessing either Tom Shankland doesn't want children, or already has some and hates it...
- Unique story
- Characters weren't likeable
- Too many irritating, screaming children
- Poor acting
Intense, but somewhat lacking in depth and thematic resonance.
Boy, oh boy! I didn’t want to watch this movie when I first heard of it because I thought it would be a cheap Children of the Corn ripoff. However, when I saw it listed in an article about the “best horror movies you might have never heard of”, I was intrigued, so I decided to give it a go. Good thing I did!
The story is exactly as you’d expect, no embellishment here. Sick kids kill adults. While it’s…
Will chill your blood! Plays out like Hitchcock made a killer kid movie...
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Perhaps the most surprising thing I found about the film is that I could do more than watch it but actually enjoy it, considering the director made WAZ, a film so terrible I'm happy to have mostly blanked. The Children is fairly solid as a straight forward creepy child based horror with nice pacing leading towards some satisfyingly and deep deaths. I didn't need an explanation and the biologic explanation was more than enough to suffice. The acting was also…
Nothing spectacular, but The Children uses clever shots and just the right amount of horrifying moments to capture the contrast between innocence and maturity.
"Didn't you know? I'm the abortion that got away.."
but wait...why did the kids become vicious, killer zombie things again? I mean, I get it started with a sick kid, but where did the 'sickness' come from?
If we're going to have real talk though, from the very first moment you see the children with that evil look in their eye, there's a sense of impending doom. The kids were cast perfectly [never did I think a day would come…
Maybe even better than the first time I watched it. Simple and to the point horror filmmaking; places a heavy emphasis on functionality and leading the viewer to water without forcing them to drink. Suspenseful when it needs to be, and a ride that is very much worth it.