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great, you killed mom. now who's gonna buy us our froot loops?

 

R

Eva Birthistle, Hannah Tointon, Stephen Campbell Moore, Rachel Shelley, Jeremy Sheffield

Robbie (looking at tattoo): It’s a baby…
Casey: Didn’t you know?  I’m the abortion that got away.

Two sisters and their families get together for Christmas at an isolated house in the woods.  A strange substance in the woods infects the children and turns them into angry killers.

Lovely, eh?

Another killer kids movie.  This one is made with a certain amount of skill, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a movie like this.

There’s a few things that such films rely on:  A) people apparently have an inherent fear about their kids turning into hellions as they get older, or at the very least hating their parents.  B)  people go their whole lives knowing it’s wrong to hit a kid, so when faced with a kid trying to kill them, they rarely use their full strength to stop the kid, they just kind of shove them away for a second.  This is the only thing that really allows the kids to seem like a threat once it’s obvious they are evil.  C) in a crisis situation, people are unbelievably stupid…in movies at least.

I like the idea that there’s some sort of organism that’s affecting the people, and that it manifests in the children probably because they are smaller and have weaker immune systems (just my own theory, the movie doesn’t explicitly state that).  Aside from that, though, there’s not much thought in this one.  It’s just kids trying to kill their parents, and succeeding rather easily.

There’s some interesting camera angles, ominous music, and one rather disturbing scene involving a baby doll and abdominal surgery, but all in all, it’s just another horror movie using children to score cheap scares.  Though, the scary/action scenes are often staged pretty poorly.  It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on half the time.  Probably because it’s hard to get 5 year old kids to do anything that involves more than a minute of planning.

I’m not sure what a movie like this says about its creators, but I know what it says about me.  It says that I was desperate for a movie to watch yesterday and my On-Demand rental service is still not working.

Your children are going to try to kill you eventually.

10 – 1 for poorly staged/edited action sequences – 2 for such a standard plot/story – 2 for uninteresting characters = 5.0