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Quality British Horror
The Children (DVD)
Member Name: obscuredbykep
The Children (DVD)
Advantages: Good acting, and great plot
Disadvantages: Unlikely to lead to a Sequal
hortly before it was out in the cinema, my sister caught sight of the trailer and put a link to it in her Facebook status. The trailer was quite alluring, without giving too much away, and I was determined to watch it in the cinema. Unfortunately, I didn't so instead got it on DVD when it was released recently. If you want it, you can get it for just £8.99 from play.com or hmv.co.uk.
The film was written by the director, Tom Shankland, he is rather small, having not directed any other films that I have heard of,
It is New Years, and Elaine and Jonah, take their children to stay with Eliane's sister, Chloe and her family for new years. The first evening goes down fine, with the adults enjoying reminiscing and going through several bottles of wine. Casey, Elaine's daughter from a previous relationship, and much older than the other kids, is not having such a good time, and is bored, stuck with her family for New Years, and plans to get picked up to go to a proper party the next day.
The following day, the family are all playing in the snow, building snowmen, throwing snow balls, and taking it in turns to use the sled. As Casey sneaks off to get picked up, she hears the screams of the children, and returns to find blood all over the snow....
Being a British film, it features an all British cast...
Starring in the film, is Hannah Tointon, as Casey, some people might know her from Hollyoaks, where she played Katy Fox. It's always a good plan to make the lead character rather fit :o) Just realised, that she is also the person who my sister has been speaking to on Facebook, along with her sister Kara, who plays Dawn in Eastenders...
It also stars Rachel Shelly as Chloe, and her husband Robbie, is played by Jeremy Sheffield. Eva Birthistle plays Elaine, and her husband, Jonah is played by Stephen Campbell-Moore. All four of them have been in other stuff, but no roles that I have ever really noticed, Sheffield was also in Holby City.
It then had a cast of children actors, who again, were nothing massivly famous. I think one of them had appeared in Eastenders or something.
What did I think?
I didn't actually know that it was a British film, I thought it was American, and was extremely pleased to see another decent British film. I didn't have any high expectations of the film, having only been allured to it by the trailer, rather than recommendation, and can genuinely say it's the best British film since 28 Weeks Later.
The plot was slow to begin with, simply toying with the general day, and there were several false starts, scenes where it looked as though something was about to happen then it didn't - it really kept you on the edge of your chair. By the time the first kill actually occurred, you expected it to be another trick, and that it wasn't going to happen.
From then on, it became intense, and the film really took off.
The killing was quite original, and by god the gore was good. In my horror films, I like a good bit of gore, some great kills, I like the films that really make me cringe, like the Saw films do each time. And this film delivered, drawing from me gasps and making me wince - just how I like it. The blood was real looking, which is always a good thing, and in general, the film was quite unexpected, and hard to predict.
The cast did a great job with their acting, I can't really fault it at all, it was great from start to finish. Hannah Tointon especially, really excelled and gave a great performance.
The ending of the film was great, I was wandering how they were going to draw things to a close, and they did it perfectly, bringing it to a close, whilst leading to a potential sequel, which could be done on a much larger, country wide scale. It is never explained exactly what has made all these Children become killers...
However, since in it's first week it only managed to gross £98,000 I doubt it will be made, especially when you compare it to the total of £6.1 million that 28 Days Later managed.
I seriously recommend this film, it is out on DVD now, and is well worth the £9 you need to pay. If you are a fan of films like 28 Days Later and other similar movies, then this is another one for you!
Summary: Quality British Horror