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  • Actors: Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley, Hannah Tointon
  • Directors: Tom Shankland
  • Writers: Tom Shankland, Paul Andrew Williams
  • Producers: Allan Niblo, Brock Norman Brock, Celia Duval, Emma Hartley, James Richardson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

You brought them into the world. They will take you out. A family anticipates a Christmas filled with sledding, laughter and hot cocoa as they head to their vacation home in the secluded backcountry…The holiday cheer takes a fast turn for the worse after a mysterious flu-like virus sweeps through the kids. One by one the children become deadly. Amidst the suspicion, mayhem and murder, the parents fight for survival against their own twisted offspring.

Customer Reviews

The movie starts out a little slow with plot development and finishes very well.
Andrew Keck
You actually wish something would happen just to let the air back into the room, even though you know it will be terrible.
John D. Glaser Jr.
The fact that these kids start attacking the parents starts to get into your head after a while.
J. Wiles Parker

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nanook on October 6, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I saw this film a few months ago and it immediately became my new favorite "evil children" movie, but also one of my favorite recent horrors. And it gets huge bonus points for being actually frightening. This review is of the US Region-free Blu-ray release from Lionsgate/Ghost House Underground, released today, Oct. 6, 2009.

The performances are uniformly excellent, which is crucial for a horror film to be scary. Special kudos for Mr. Shankland for coaxing genuinely creepy performances out of very young children. See the recent The Omen remake to see how not to do it. ;)

This film is not for fans of jump scares or fast-paced editing. Well, to be honest, there are a couple brief flash-cut editing moments, but they are thankfully brief, and I can see the point to them, so they are forgiven. My point was, this is a slow burner that takes its time to establish the setting, characters and mood. And as a real horror fan, I can appreciate this deliberation as true scares are built from those building blocks. The horrors that do happen, in time, are that much more effective when they do.

The picture on the BD looks great to me, but I'm not a real A/V geek, so you can look elsewhere to discuss crushed blacks. ;) There are a wealth of special features here, too, but noticeably absent is a director's commentary, alas.

On a side note, what was wrong with the fantastic cover art of the UK release? And why does Ghost House feel the need to plaster their graphics all over more prominently than the film title?

Anyway, highly recommended for horror fans who are tired of cheap jump scares. But parents beware, as the themes here are truly disturbing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: DVD
These lines of direct to DVD horror flicks to come along recently, the After Dark Horrorfest and more recently Ghost House Underground, usually feature a diamond in the rough among their various lineups. British import The Children is by and far such a film in this year's Ghost House Underground lineup, and it may in fact be the ballsiest horror film you'll come across right now. A family get together turns deadly when a virus infects the young children, which subsequently causes them to attack and murder the adults. As they fight for survival, it becomes clear that director Tom Shankland (The Killing Gene) is quite simply going for the throat of the viewer, as he pulls no punches in presenting some shocking scenes of brutality and bloodletting. Not to mention the fact that the film is actually suspenseful and it features a simply dynamite ending, The Children winds up being a blood-curdling shocker. The film's editing may be occasionally sloppy, but regardless of that, The Children is definitely worth your time if you're a horror fan. Be on the lookout for the gorgeous Hannah Tointon, who may in fact be a star in the making.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Enlow on October 6, 2009
Format: DVD
I've seen both Paul Andrew Williams The Cottage and Tom Shanklands W Delta Z and nothing in those films would have been harbinger for The Children. Its been compared to Who Can Kill a Child and in some ways the comparison is apt as it involves children slowly succumbing to some unknown cause that turns them violent towards adults. Who Can Kill a Child was more involved in creating suspense in the unknown and questioning the idea of violence against children. The Children like the recent Grace more or less involves parents and their children and the lengths people will go to protect their offspring even when those kids might have set up a trap for an adult invovling sleds and gardening equipment. This might be a big statement but its one of the best British horror films since The Descent.
How does it achieve this? It simply sets up its situation and its story. Two families come together before Christmas carrying their children to a remote area in the woods. Slowly with one event the children start showing signs of sickness. The parents however are too self absorbed in their own problems complicated by teenager Casey whos acting rebellious flirting with her uncle and trying to hide a tatoo from her parents. Slowly though things begin to change. There are hints but things are never clear until the first fatality. Then the adults are scrambling around looking for their children while Casey begins to suspect the truth trying to warn adults who only want to protect their children even if those kids are coming at them with a pair of scissors.
The children as it is is a slow burn of a film that is more about tension and suspense than gore. The gore is still there in flashes and glimpses. The kills are brutal and effective as they're happening to characters who are well defined and acted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
These lines of direct to DVD horror flicks to come along recently, the After Dark Horrorfest and more recently Ghost House Underground, usually feature a diamond in the rough among their various lineups. British import The Children is by and far such a film in this year's Ghost House Underground lineup, and it may in fact be the ballsiest horror film you'll come across right now. A family get together turns deadly when a virus infects the young children, which subsequently causes them to attack and murder the adults. As they fight for survival, it becomes clear that director Tom Shankland (The Killing Gene) is quite simply going for the throat of the viewer, as he pulls no punches in presenting some shocking scenes of brutality and bloodletting. Not to mention the fact that the film is actually suspenseful and it features a simply dynamite ending, The Children winds up being a blood-curdling shocker. The film's editing may be occasionally sloppy, but regardless of that, The Children is definitely worth your time if you're a horror fan. Be on the lookout for the gorgeous Hannah Tointon, who may in fact be a star in the making.
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