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!
What makes the movie so effective and memorable for anyone who finally has a chance to see it, is the fact that all the violent killings in the film are perpetrated by preteen children, many of whom were apparently cast for their sweet, wholesome looks. The movie never really explains the reason for the violence, but it doesn't have to, any more than vampire films have to explain why vampires exist. There have been a lot of Hollywood versions of the seemingly innocent child being a psycho killer, but few of them take the time to set the stage as creepily well as this movie.
An English couple vacationing in Spain (the wife is visibly pregnant) decide to visit a remote island that was once a charming tourist stop. When they arrive by boat, they discover there are no adults anywhere, only a handful of seemingly innocent children (there's a great moment when one girl approaches the female tourist to listen to the baby's heartbeat). What they find out, of course, is that the adults have been killed off by the children, and the two have to make their way back to safety without getting killed.
The first half of the movie builds suspense quite well, even though most viewers will already know what's going to happen. Unlike many horror films which rely on the complete stupidity of the main characters to get themselves in trouble, viewers can understand why these two have a great deal of difficulty accepting the fact that the angel-faced little ones are sociopathic killers.Read more ›
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 ›
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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
Wow, this one completely caught me off gaurd. This is a movie more people should know about, but do to it's heavily censored release it has not been availible for many years in... Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by M.
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