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Tom Shankland to launch The Children

DURHAM-BORN director Tom Shankland will be in Newcastle next week before the release of his horror film which is guaranteed to change the way you feel about staying with relatives over the festive season.

DURHAM-BORN director Tom Shankland will be in Newcastle next week before the release of his horror film which is guaranteed to change the way you feel about staying with relatives over the festive season.

The Children is Shankland’s latest slice of chills and thrills after his feature debut WAZ last year.

Set during a Christmas holiday, it begins with a New Year house party but gradually turns into a horrifying fight for survival as, one by one, the children in the families mysteriously fall ill and begin to turn on their parents.

It’s based on a screenplay by Paul Andrew Williams, who wrote London To Brighton, and stars a British cast including Stephen Campbell Moore, of Bright Young Things; Ae Fond Kiss actress Eva Birthistle; and Hollyoaks Hannah Tointon in her feature film debut.

Shankland will be in Newcastle next Tuesday to discuss the film, which is due for general release on December 5.

He said: “When I’m thinking about a film – particularly a horror film – I need to feel that there’s a theme in the material that can churn up some primal fears both in me and the audience.

“The idea that our kids might actually be psychopathic monsters and not the cute, defenceless little angels we wish they were is probably a universal fear!”

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