The Children (Ghost House Underground)
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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.
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For all we know, it could have stemmed from food additives, overload of sugar in breakfast cereal, or the thimerosal in their childhood vaccines!
I really think it would have added a little more to the plot, if merely one scene or even camera shot included a steaming meteor, nuclear waste site next to the playground or water supply, or even the old cult Sunday School teacher Isaac with his trusty teacher's aid Malachai.....(okay... maybe not THOSE particular additions, but I'm sure some all night, coffee driven think tank could come up with a more original plot twist or two, than I). I think the idea of a sequel would e brilliant though, since the ending was definitely a high point of the film.
Yes, the plotting is ridiculously slow. Yes, there are moments of screaming at the tv in frustration. Yes, you will probably wonder what the point of the movie is after a while. But, The Children is actually half decent for an indie film with probably little budget. It will get into your head because it's kids and kids can do creepy things even when you want to protect them. I kind of actually liked this movie even if other people are panning it. If you prefer psychological horror over gross out (though there is plenty of that too) than watch this movie.
The plot may be farfetched (to the point of being ridiculous, maybe?): Children encountering an unknown substance develop an illness that eventually makes them murderous against the adults taking care of them. But what this movie does with this simple concept is nothing short of amazing, evoking horror, sympathy, empathy, and for those of us who are parents -- genuine sorrow and thought-provoking (albeit disturbing) themes.
I won't rehash the plot here (there are plenty of "reviews" that will do that for you on the web), but I will say that the acting is top-notch. It's extremely rare in horror movies that acting can reach this caliber. You can not only see, hear, but also FEEL the horror the characters are experiencing. There's a particularly nasty injury that occurs about midway through the film, and the actress plays it out to the HILT, reacting realistically to the pain -- a rarity in horror movies.
But the child actors really take the cake. Often in movies like this, the kids ham it up to the point of not being believable. NOT in THIS movie. Having had a minor acting background, I'm dying to know how they made the kids as . . . emotionless as they did. But that's what sealed the deal for me.
I am relatively new to the BD market, having obtained my first BD player back in March. I don't have a very large collection, and because of the price difference between BD and DVD, I'm very selective about the movies I purchase on BD. That said, this will be the 7th BD in my collection. I may revise my review to talk more about the features on the BD when I receive it (just ordered it last night), but don't bet on it (I'm a serious flake), so all I can do is review the movie now.
If you like horror movies that rely on blood & gore to "scare" you, then you might want to steer clear of this movie. But if you want a lean & tight psychological thriller that is truly chilling, then I cannot recommend this one high enough. A warning to fellow parents out there: This movie WILL disturb you . . . but if you like that, then get this movie. Now.
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