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The Bare Bones: A Holiday trip to visit family turns brutal when the children begin to turn on the parents.
Using children as an emotional ploy is neither original, or particularly interesting. In most films, I might even go so far as to say it's a cheap ploy to cover lazy writing, but this film is an exception.
Most films with children, particularly horror, tend to water down the violence because of the kiddies. This film doesn't. The Children has no qualms about what it is, and makes no attempt to shield its audience. It was also interesting that, unlike so many similar films, the children in this one were the character's offspring. It's easy enough to steel yourself against someone else's kids, but against your own? It was an interesting and thought provoking example of a plot device that is usually neither.
The downside of this style, however, means there are a few scenes that come across as uncharacteristically Arthouse, which left me more confused than intrigued. It very much dated the film, as though the teenage daughter's hat and choker didn't already accomplish that.
As soon as this film starts, you know exactly what it wants to be. The suspenseful score just about knocks you in the face with a frying pan. This continues, without any abatement, mind you, for about a quarter of the film. It leaves you wondering if it's ever going to deliver, and it does. It spends so much time ramping you up, that when the tension breaks, it feels awesome. There's a definite moment of, "Oh, there it is." That is no small feat for a film that pretty much tells you the plot in the description.