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(Review originally written at 30 April 2005)

The story of the movie is highly original and quite brilliant however the execution of the story by German director Wolf Rilla (who apparently now runs his own restaurant in Southern France) is not something I'm happy about.

The movie's pace doesn't always flow really well and is incoherent. We jump from one scene to another without any obvious connection.

Still the movie is a strong piece of British science-fiction/horror. The story itself is what makes this movie a classic. The movie is not really a scary one but more one with a mysterious atmosphere. You never know what is going to happen next or how it is going to end all. The beginning and the end are the strongest parts of the movie, especially the mysterious beginning is one to remember.

The good British acting is top-class. Especially the young Martin Stephens does an amazing job as 'leader' of the children. He was pretty scary and unreal at times.

Not really recommendable for the casual viewer, this movie is too old fashioned for them, however if you're a fan of the genre this is a must see.

7/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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