There’s something wrong with kids wanting you to question your point of view. Can you trust what you see and think? Top angles, Dutch angles and rotating frames assault you as you try to figure out what’s going on in the latest Blumhouse movie available on MGM+ and VOD everywhere. Something is seriously wrong, and it has nothing to do with too much sugar and not enough discipline. Instead, this predictable yet still spooky film manages to drill new ground in the cabin in the woods/spooky space for kids. Here’s everything you need to know.
Young couple Ben (Zach Gilford) and Margaret (Alisha Wainwright) have gone to a cabin in the woods with their friends Ellie (Amanda Crew), Thomas (Carlos Santos) and their two children. Margaret wants to have her own children as soon as possible. Ben has reservations based on mental health issues, and what happens in There’s Something Wrong With the Kids doesn’t help matters. Almost immediately, there are tensions in the group. Margaret and Ben see their paths diverging, and Ellie and Thomas try to ignore the consequences of an unhappy foursome. The group goes on a hike and finds ruins with a deep hole. The kids are intrigued by the hole and start acting strange long before things take a decidedly bizarre turn.
That night, Ben and Margaret agree to babysit so Ellie and Thomas can rekindle the romance. The children act strangely, but there is no reason to call their parents until they disappear the next morning. Ben finds them in the ruins and watches them willingly fall into the hole. Ben returns home to tell Margaret and finds the children alive. Disbelieving but hoping for the best, her worst fears come true when the children start acting strangely and, later, very aggressively. What happens to children, and are they still children?
We’ve seen this kind of film before, and although screenwriters TJ Cimfel and David White introduce an interesting explanation in the back half, nothing is very surprising. The children are not themselves and they try to kill everyone. Why they do it is the new angle. In the final act, it becomes clear that what went into the hole is not what came out. These children are no longer human. Everything in the hole took the original children and replaced them with impostors bent on death and domination.
Lucy is the first to express what happened to them. She tells Ben that they ate bugs, and now they’re different. Later, Spencer, in a deliciously menacing way, fakes her own death to further isolate the group. Kids can sink their teeth into their new roles with the four fractured adults. Like a parasite that invades the host and takes over, these children are now insectoids. Finally, in the shadows, we see what Lucy really looks like. It’s a giant grasshopper or praying mantis-like creature that’s much stronger and deadlier than the human children they replaced.
On a planet where humans are vastly outnumbered. At almost 200 million to one, they have the numbers. New insects are constantly being discovered. Would it be so far-fetched to think that we could be duplicated? As in 1997’s Mimic, but more efficient, these insects have developed the ability to lure humans into their nests, infiltrate their brains, reproduce them, and feast on their corpses. Finally, they release the new creations into the world to infect more people.
It is an economic life cycle that many known insects employ. Many animals and insects have the ability to camouflage themselves. Usually this is done to protect themselves from predators, but cuckoos do this to invade nests and take over resources. They lay eggs in the nests of other birds and wait for them to hatch. Cuckoos usually hatch before the eggs that are rightly in the nest and expel all others, effectively killing them. It’s a cruel little trick that is very effective. There are also a handful of insects that cannibalize each other. The young are allowed to eat their mother’s flesh. It’s a vicious little indignity that would make anyone think twice about having children.
By the time the movie reaches its climax, you know everything there is to know. Ben was right. There is something wrong with children. These new versions of children are deadly. They attack their parents and drive Margaret away. Meanwhile, Ben returns to the hole and finds himself sucked into the same madness as the children. He also returns changed, and not even a machete to his neck affects him for long. The kids and Ben try to kill Margaret, and she is able to get away, but that’s not the end. The trio of Ben, Spencer, and Lucy can’t be killed so easily, and their insect wings allow them to get to most places quickly.
In the final moments, the three join hands and Maragaret starts the engine. What happens after the movie ends? We do not know. We know the girl at least has wings like a grasshopper, so presumably the trio standing in the street in front of Margaret as she tries to walk away could be flying above the car. But, on the other hand, they might also now have the tensile strength of many insects, and with their hands clasped, the truck will crash into them, killing Margaret.
There’s something wrong with kids playing on our fears of becoming scary parents and kids. Not everyone is cut out to be a parent, and when your son and daughter start acting like monsters, I can’t say I blame anyone for choosing to give up that life. Where The Prodigy went supernatural, The Innocents took a more realistic approach, and Nicole Kidman’s Birth delves into the emotionality of death and taboo, Blumhouse’s film dives headlong into chilling thief territory. crawling body. It’s not a home run, as the kids far outweigh the adults, but if you’re a fan of murderous kids with enigmatic smiles, you could do worse.
Tracy Palm Tree
As the editor of Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the editor.
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