First off, its quite easy to tell that author Clive Barker didn't havea lot to do with this film. There are few of the trademarks that oneexpects from a Barker tale here. Obviously this was meant solely to bea production that he could get off the ground quickly and withouttrouble to start off his Midnight Picture Show company.<br><br>The story follows a mysterious plague that causes all the children ofthe world under the age of 9 to fall into a coma. Skip ahead 10 yearsand the children have begun to awaken. The only problem is they have astrong desire to kill any and all adults.<br><br>There are some great twists in here. After 10 years in a coma, one'smuscles would be jello, so the authors have given the children seizurestwice a day every day to keep the muscles in active condition and allowthem to grow and become strong. The first thought one might have is ofthe standard zombie film scenario: survivors hole up as hordes outsidehunt them and kill them. Indeed, there is some truth to this. Thedifference is that the kids don't want to eat the adults, just killthem and send them into the afterlife. A lot of this is never fullyexplained much like the reasons for the zombies in Night Of The LivingDead. There are some reasons suggested but no concrete evidence given.<br><br>What brought the film down was its ultra low budget. The film lookedcheap. The less than stellar acting also caused the film a heavy hit inmy opinion. Lots of people have criticized James Van Der Beek for hisperformance but I'd have to say that the blame lies fully on the entirecast. No one here delivers a decent performance.<br><br>All in all, its worth a look, but it will hardly set the world on fire.
In 1983 all children aged nine years or less fall into a coma at the same time. The children remain in the coma for the next 10 years and all children born during this time are born into the same state. Ten years later Tom Russel, who was imprisoned after killing a man in a fight, is released from prison and returns to his home town where his older brother has a son in a coma. That night all the children wake up but they are hellbent on killing all the adults. It soon becomes apparent that the children share a sort of collective consciousness and as one learns they all learn. As they get smarter they learn to disable motor vehicles and eventually to use firearms. A group of survivors, led by Tom and Jean, try to escape to the safety of a base located 60 km outside the town.
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