The Citadel Review

Simon Rother

For creepy children, you can view the movie “Village of the Damned”, “The Children”, or straight out of Ireland, “Citadel”, making its Canadian premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. What’s great about these three movies, by the way, is that the children are all creepy in different ways.

When his pregnant wife is attacked by hooded children-like individuals, Tommy is forced to watch her remain in a coma for months. He is forced to pull the plug and live alone with his baby daughter. However, he is now terrified to go out of his home, developing a phobia of the outer world, created by the attack on his wife. The demon-children return, however, and take away his daughter. With the help of a renegade priest and of a blind boy, he will go off to recuperate his daughter, the only piece left of his wife.

The movie is effective in delivering creepiness, scares, and a solid performance from Aneurin Barnard as a broken man, struggling to raise his daughter and petrified to leave his home. The demon-children are mysterious and creepy all at once, the hoods on their heads and the rare occasions to see their faces helping a lot. The priest is a man who acts like someone that you would not consider being a priest. Story-wise, some details remain unclear, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

All in all, it is a decent movie that was well filmed and well played. “Citadel” deserves 3.5 stars out of 5.

3.5 / 5 stars     

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      1. Sweet 'n' Tender August 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        9 out of 10 times the children that act in European films are better than many Hollywood actors, so a movie built around children in a Euro movie doesn’t scare me off like a Hollywood movie would… I’m pretty up on my Euro-horror, so I don’t know how this one slipped under the radar with me. It looks great. It also looks like my region-free bluray/dvd player is gonna be working overtime this year!