The Children
The Children (2008)

A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 6, 2009
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Critic Score
73%
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unsettling and spine-chilling low-budget British horror, with effective and disturbing scares.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Shankland's approach is oblique rather than graphic, but these icy chills will send shivers down your spine.

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Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

Watching your kid kill someone is scary, but watching them come after YOU ... yikes.

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Matt Glasby
Film4

Watching The Children is like listening to babies cry. Unsettling and exasperating, you pray for it to stop.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

All build and no bang.

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Lucius Gore
ESplatter

As killer kid horror movies go, 'The Children' is easily one of the best.

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James Christopher
Times [UK]

The grown-ups, rather hysterically, blame each others' parenting skills. The plot promptly disintegrates into a gory struggle for credibility against appalling odds.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

The Children is a surprisingly tense, slow-brewing horror film that plays on current trends (rabid flu-like infections) and refreshes old clichéd conventions (killer children).

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Borrowing liberally from classic evil-children horrors, the gruesome deaths are inventive, but this is more about killer set-pieces than a satisfying story. A respectable genre outing.

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Phelim O'Neill
Guardian

The fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
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Dead Angel
The starting was okay. Couldn't understand a lot of stuffs. Like why the hell those children start killing their parents? Honestly I hate to be confused.
vieras esine
This film makes no sense. Just a lot of noise.
Bruce Bruce
Big time excellent film, part of the Ghost House Underground Collection for 2009. Children are somehow infected with a virus and turn on there parents and start… More
Alex roy
The Children is one terrific horror film. The film has a very original story, and keeps the viewer intrigued. The mood is dark with a sense of helplessness. The… More
jd cryptic
Slow build up, but always tense (and never dull), to a frightening bang of chilling circumstances. It's a film of a virus, and who's the… More

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