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Children Of The Night (2014 aka Limbo/Artsploitation Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B- Extras: B Film: C+

Ivan Noel's Children Of The Night (2014) is an Argentinian vampire film along the lines of Let The Right One In or The Devil's Backbone. The basic story is about a journalist who visits an orphanage after receiving an odd message about a skin disease affecting the children that reside there (many of the missing) but instead, learns that they are really vampires that are up to a hundred years old. Looking after them is a religious Matron and things at first seem safe until, of course, a religious cult comes to kill them.

The film is shot interestingly with good performances and a creepy vibe that actually works better being in another language then it would English to add to the off kilter nature of the story. The Vampiric Children are all dressed in white with many scenes that would normally be shot during the day captured at night to add to the feel that something is off, especially when they are first introduced.

The most effective moments are when the children are in groups interacting in unison which brings to mind The Children Of The Corn or Village Of The Damned (both versions), only this time with the Matron, is religiously pulling the strings and is forcing them to be subdued. The story moves a little slow and is obviously made with a small budget, but its interesting enough once the action kicks in and gets a little bloody along the way.

The film's presentation on disc is top notch with a sharp 1080p high definition transfer with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track that sounds fine but not as good as DTS-HD or another lossless format that would have been preferred to this. The film was obviously shot in high definition (using a Canon) with even colors throughout.

Extras include Director's Commentary, a Making Of featurette, and a trailer along with trailers for other releases by Artsploitation that look pretty interesting.

All in all, if you're a fan of foreign horror films, you can do a lot worse than Children Of The Night.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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