The Children (2008)




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

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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.
R (for disturbing bloody content, terror, language and brief drug use)
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William Howes
as Paulie
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
Time Out
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A solid balance between set-up, conflict, and horrific execution. Just a well-made horror film all around.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

All build and no bang.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Cinema Crazed

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).

Full Review… | October 16, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 2, 2009

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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
Empire Magazine

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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This film makes no sense. Just a lot of noise.

vieras esine
vieras esine

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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 Children is well acted, directed and told film that is much welcomed breath of fresh air in a tired out genre. The horror of this film is unrelentingly brutal as the gore is realistic and The Children are terrifying.. The film doesn't lose time as the pacing of the film is very well thought out, and it doesn't lose time to build it's horror and tension, it goes straight to the point and doesn't slow down. A brutal horror film, The Children will definitely scare you and is a blast to watch. A terrific original idea makes this film one of the best horror films in the last few years. The film has a good cast of actors, and the kids that portray these diabolical kids are superb, they really are convincing and just despicable, which is what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish. I love films like an idea like this, because really who would've though that murderous children would make for a good idea for a film. But it did, and the results are stunning. The Children is a terrific, and terrifying horror film, and it proves that the British are still able to turn out effective, creative and above all terrifying horror films.

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Alex roy

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