Writer: Tom Shankland, Paul Andrew Williams
Director: Tom Shankland
Cast: Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley, Hannah Tointon, Raffiella Brooks, Jake Hathaway, William Howes, Eva Sayer
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
Online Availability: Amazon for $14.99
While teen screams have the potential to be fun, I don’t feel that the teen horror conventions found in the scream movies have to be followed to make a horror movie effective or worth watching. Every once in a while, it is nice to see an intelligent, teen in a horror movie. That’s exactly what you’ll get from The Children.
The thing I enjoyed about The Children is that the story is creepy enough, it isn’t overly conventional, and there is actually quite a bit of character development. Sure, as in any horror movie, some of the characters make stupid choices, and pay the price for it, but I felt that the choices that were made, stupid or not, made sense for each character’s situation. While I found some characters (especially Chloe and Jonah) exceptionally annoying, I realize that was exactly how they were supposed to act, and therefore, am able to deal with the fact that during most of the movie, I wanted to punch them in the face.
The Children is a direct to DVD release through Sam Raimi’s Ghosthouse Underground horror label. Raimi has picked some fairly freaky films for this year’s release, but thus far, The Children is my favorite. The entire question of whether a parent should or could kill their children is a major theme of this film, and it’s presented in a way that many of the other, evil children movies (i.e. Children of the Damned) fail. The performance of the parents was especially realistic, in my opinion.