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Save the Children... or not...
The Children (DVD)
Member Name: Lioxoda
The Children (DVD)
Advantages: Some good gore.
Disadvantages: Not as scary as expected, a bit of a let down.
I saw the trailer for this movie and expected it to be delightfully frightening. Sadly after watching this film, I was disappointedly bored. This movie is well shot, that's fair to say, however in its effort to be minimalistic / artistic, it was ultimately boring. Supposedly, against the backdrop of white snow, innocent children and a middle-class Christmas gathering, the horrorr should have stood out with chilling and gorey effect, but in my opinion, it ended up being comedic instead of ominous.
I think this movie had potential. The whole idea of the inaccessible world of children and their innocent but sometimes bizarre and manipulative behaviour, mixed with the unconditional love of their parents, could have been a successful horror plot. I mean, what parent would believe their child was intentionally trying to murder them and consider killing their own offspring in self -defence? This could have been the premise of an interesting conflict of emotions which could have made the viewer more involved on a personal level. However, even the idea of a child being able to kill a group of adults is so ludicrous that is it not interesting or clever, but merely stupid. This whole movie slowly becomes more and more obvious and unbelievable, whereas if they had kept it subtle and dark they may have had more success.
To enlighten potential viewers, the script follows two sisters who meet up with their families at richer sister's massive out-of-the-way and in the woods house for a Christmas gathering. Tick perfect setting for murder and mayhead, with restricted police / ambulance access on the sparse and icy roads leading to said house. Screaming kids laugh (but mainly scream) around the house and nearby woods, dressed like little 'George' by Asda cataloge models while parents drink wine and compare strategies. Tick cute kids and self-engaged parents. Cute kids get ill, stand by beds staring, stand in hallways staring, stand in the snow staring, pretty much if they are not screaming they might as well be staring. Tick cliched scare tactics. Cute kids begin picking off the adults one-by-one, using their cuteness as a way to avoid the adults killing them back ('but momey we love you give cuddles'- stab stab). Tick nonchelant kids killing with child-like curiosity and guilt-ridden parents too traumatised to fight back.
Some scenes literally made me laugh, they were trying so hard to be scary but failed severly. An ok watch if there is nothing else to see, but don't tell me I didn't warn you.
Summary: Perhaps worth a watch with the lights off for a cheap thrill.