Not enough time to elaborate on this one at the moment, but in due time I shall. The Children deserves some well-thought-out words; watching it last night was one of the more tense, unexpected-turn-after-unexpected-turn viewings I’ve had in some time. Short and vicious, directed by British newcomer Tom Shankland with a vibrant meanness and nicely-acted by all on screen, The Children is yet another high-grade horror flick that’ll fall by the wayside thanks to non-existent promotion on its way to a straight-to-DVD black hole. Shit, I only knew it was coming out next week because I stumbled across it on the shelves of a get-’em-before-they-drop DVD shop in Manhattan’s Union Square, while hunting down a film that’s being handled even more poorly, Trick ‘R’ Treat (which I’ve yet to score early; unfortunately I’ll have to wait until its October 6th street date).
Some unbelievable things happen to a quartet of cute-looking tikes, after said tikes issue some brutal hurts of their own. The degree of insane muscle that’d never get the go-ahead in Hollywood. In other words, the goodness.
Trailer after the jump:
Sidenote: Cutie who plays the teenaged older sister, Casey (actress Hannah Tointon), is quite the distraction. Makes it tough to follow the action at times. To quote Planet Terror‘s Skip, “Smokin’ hot!” And, yes, she’s of age; 21, to be exact. Jailbait, not taken.