The Children

The Children

Eva Birthistle
Director: Tom Shankland Cast: Eva Birthistle
Eva Birthistle
, Stephen Campbell Moore
Stephen Campbell Moore
, Jeremy Sheffield
Jeremy Sheffield
Tom Shankland

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As directed by Brit Tom Shankland, this outing constitutes a chilling installment in the subgenre of horror films about evil children running amok. The tale unfolds in contemporary England during a snowy, late December, with a young married couple, Jonah (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Elaine (Eva Birthistle), journeying into the country to spend New Year's with immediate family -- Elaine's sister Chloe (Rachel Shelley) and brother-in-law Robbie (Jeremy Sheffield). Accompanying the adults are three children: Casey (Hannah Tointon), Elaine's adolescent daughter from a first marriage (who resents being dragged along), and youngsters Paulie (William Howes) and Miranda (Eva Sayer), her children with Jonah (who can't wait to see their cousins Nicky and Leah). Upon arrival at Robbie and Chloe's home, ominous and increasingly bizarre events begin to transpire: Paulie grows visibly ill, Leah and Nicky begin slipping into menacing and threatening behavior toward everyone, capped off by an ugly accident that they engineer involving Robbie -- an incident that pushes him to the brink of death and ends with a gruesome act of carnage committed by the children. Soon, Elaine realizes that Paulie is infected with a bizarre, zombie-like virus that he is systematically spreading to the other children, and promptly decides to ameliorate the situation by taking violence into her own hands and ending the boy's young life. Little does she realize, however, just how pervasive the virus has grown.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
UPC: 0031398114796
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 22,829

Special Features

The making of The Children; Shooting on location; Paul Hyett talks prosthetics; Snow set design; Inside Tom Shankland's on-set Lair; Working with the children; Deleted scenes; Ghost House micro video featuring In This Moment; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eva Birthistle Elaine
Stephen Campbell Moore Jonah
Jeremy Sheffield Robbie
Rachel Shelley Chloe
Hannah Tointon Casey
Rafiella Brooks Leah
Jake Hathaway Nicky
William Howes Paulie

Technical Credits
Tom Shankland Director,Screenwriter
Brock Norman Brock Associate Producer
Andrew Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzie Davies Production Designer
Simon Fawcett Executive Producer
Jacqueline Fowler Makeup
Lol Hammond Musical Direction/Supervision
Emma Hartley Associate Producer
Stephen Hilton Score Composer
Nick Love Executive Producer
Rob Morgan Executive Producer
Tim Murrell Editor
Allan Niblo Producer
Rupert Preston Executive Producer
James D. Richardson Producer
Nanu Segal Cinematographer
Lee Thomas Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Executive Producer
Paul Andrew Williams Original Story
Kevin Woodhouse Art Director

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