Letterboxd review: 5 stars:
I love this movie. It has everything we fear about families: parents having a favorite child; parents fetishizing the magic of childhood; your child becoming unreachable once they become a teenager; a family member trying to go into business with you, especially while you are trying to enjoy the holiday; your relatives trying to discipline your children; uncomfortable sexual tension between unrelated relatives; and being dragged along to a holiday gathering out in the middle of nowhere. Then…
Because this is a movie about entertaining children at Christmas (and, like I said, fetishizing the magic of childhood at Christmas) I have to share a Christmas children’s craft, do I not? I do. Thanks to the St. Nicholas Center, here’s how to make St. Nick’s miter hat. Have fun!
The Children is on my Letterboxd list of disability in horror; being disabled myself, I have enjoyed curating this list, and finding horror movies that have disability as a plot point in a positive way, like this one.