A widow and her children move into an old family home which has been abandoned for years. Unfortunately it's in a mining town where there was a collapse at the mine that killed the child miners inside. Now they roam the woods at night, tearing people apart.
At first I didn't find the children scary at all. But as the film goes on, the group of zombie ghost child miners gets larger and their eyes get blacker. By the end the swarm of dead childrenwith black eyeballs running through the night woods carrying picks is really creepy - other than the bad wigs on some of the kids. And when the kids kill, blood flies into the air as if they're beating on puddles.
While an interesting concept, but there are too many questions left unanswered.
- how can anyone move their children to a house that hasn't been lived in for twenty years without ever checking it out to make sure it is actually inhabitable? She didn't make sure the utilities were working, that it was clean, that it had any usable furniture, or that the skeleton key works in the lock. Plus she only brought a couple of suitcases.
- when the mother keeps finding the front door open in the middle of the night, she seems totally unconcerned as to how it got open. She doesn't check on her daughters or check to see if someone else is in the house. Way to go, mother of the year!
- the townsfolk know to stay out of the woods and don't go out after dark, yet the plumber does not leave before dark and the teenagers go parking in the woods.
- why are the kids indiscriminately killing everyone they see? how do they discern who is descended from the mine owner and who is from a mining family? why have they become cannibals and how does giving them a butchered pig help keep them from killing?
- when the mother is looking for Emma, she goes into the mine to find her. But she has to walk through cobwebs, so obviously no one has gone in there for years.
- if a lawyer or real estate agent looked at the deed, then shouldn't they have been able to tell her it is a miner's deed rather than actual ownership of the land?