Who Can Kill a Child?
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WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?
On a vacation away from their family, Tom (Lewis Fiander, of DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWDs Prunella Ransome) sail to an island off the coast of Spain that seems deserted until its children emerge from the shadows with the blood of their parents on their hands and hatred in their hearts for every adult.
Unflinchingly horrific and unapologetically downbeat, Narciso Ibáñez Serradors WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? was heavily censored for its American release in 1976 as ISLAND OF THE DAMNED. Dark Sky Films is proud to present the complete film, uncut and uncensored, for its long overdue American DVD debut.
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WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? is a splendidly creepy flick that only the 70's could deliver. It's quite a bizarre premise, plus it poses an extremely tough moral dilemma that has no easy answers.
Tom & Evelyn take a vacation to a small island off the coast of Spain. They quickly notice their isolated little getaway spot is totally devoid of adults. Just a bunch of kids running around, acting pretty strange.
Their deepest fears are about to be realized. These children are playing some deadly games. They eventually witness some adults get tied up and tortured, just for their amusement. Broootal!
The most disturbing thing about this situation is the innocent appearance of these boys and girls. They have such clean little smiling faces--just completely adorable. Until you get to know them.
This movie starts off a little slow, but once it gets going--look out! It's guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. Some unsettling murders that will really get under your skin. Bloody stuff!
The couple are placed in such a tough predicament--kill these poor little children, or be killed. What do you do?!?
A must-see horror heavyweight from the 70's. It reminded me of the original Wicker Man, and it's almost as good!
The plot of "Who Can Kill A child?" is this: The children of a remote Spanish island have packed together like wild dogs and slaughtered all but a few adults. A vacationing British couple arrive on the island discover mutilated bodies of adults. They also witness children savagely committing acts of murder against their parents The Brits must escape before they are also butchered.
The acting is superb, the atmosphere is tense, and the island is sunny and gorgeous. It is quite shocking to see cute Mediterranean children, with pixie faces, laugh and run as they "play" their cruel "games." It has a Twilight Zone ending that lets you know that the horror has only begun.
It is never quite clear why the children become murderous and that is why I only gave the movie four stars. The children appear to communicate almost telepathically to each other their desires to kill their parents. They can even transmit their killing desire to unborn children.
The movie also tries to make a political statement. At the beginning, black-and-white film clips of actual news footage are shown. They depict children dying of war and famine. Perhaps the Spanish children of "Who Can Kill A Child?" are seeking revenge against those who have oppressed them.Read more ›
Opening with about ten minutes of documentary footage of numerous war's throughout history and horrific images of mass graves. It show's images of human suffering and list's the numbers of the death-count of children involved. Right off the bat it left me with an uneasy feeling throughout the whole movie because of that opening.
Most of the movie focuses on two main character's that come to a small island off the coast of Spain to get away for a while only to find out that the children are the only one's left on the island. It focuses on these two main characters throughout the movie and uses character development most of the time to really start to feel for these character's. The acting performances are great and really carry the film through it's entirety. The children are extremely creepy and actually scared me a little bit. I never thought I could be scared of a child but Narcisco is such a competent director that he pull's it off great.
The most impressive thing about this movie though is the direction, Narciso Ibanez Serrador is an extremely talented director that really know's how to tell a story and make a very scary horror film. I look forward to checking out more of his work. This is one of the few European film's I've seen that almost out-does most American flick's, technically speaking.Read more ›
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Who Can Kill a Child? is an exceptional film and quite shocking and groundbreaking for its time. This movie will haunt you for days after viewing it for the first time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven Lindsay
The best horror films take their time building suspense rather than trotting out buckets of blood and gore right away, and this nearly forgotten Spanish film may be one of the best... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Silver Screen VIdeos
You can tell after watching for about 10 minutes that this movie was made a while ago. Not from the setting but the flow of the timing of the movie. It moves very, very slow. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by sabre
Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Written by Juan José Plans & Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
A couple of English tourists on holiday... Read more
QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO? (WHO CAN KILL A CHILD) is a masterpiece of horror cinema. Made in 1976, this violent, gruesome little film is a first-rate shocker. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Paulo Leite
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! This movie is GREAT! I saw this with
having the most fu#$@d up day at work and if this was not a
massage for me I don't know what is? Read more
After I watched this film from Spain, the first thing that came to mind was "Village of the Damned" combined with "Children of the Corn. Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by E. Barrios
Easily the best of the "killer Kids" sub-genre (The Other, Children Of The Corn, Village Of The Damned, etc. Read morePublished on September 22, 2007 by D. Wilson