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Island of the Damned (1976)
"¿Quién puede matar a un niño?" (original title)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  June 1978 (USA)
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A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Fiander ...
Tom
Prunella Ransome ...
Antonio Iranzo ...
Father of Crying Girl
Miguel Narros ...
Guardacostas 1
María Luisa Arias ...
(as Mª Luisa Arias)
Marisa Porcel
Juan Cazalilla
Luis Ciges ...
Enrique Amorós - the Postman
Antonio Canal
Aparicio Rivero
Fabián Conde ...
Camera shop clerk
Andrès Gomez ...
(as Andrés Gómez)
Maria Druille ...
Child (Crying daughter)
Lourdes de la Cámara ...
Child (Lourdes)
Roberto Nauta ...
Child
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A couple of English tourists rent a boat to visit the fictitious island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the town deserted of adults, there's only children who don't speak but stare at them with eerie smiles. They soon discover that all the children of the island have been posessed by a mysterious force or madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because nobody dares to kill a child... Written by Pablo Montoya <mmontoyac@nexo.es>

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Trivia

The film was released simultaneously as "Would You Kill a Child?" and "Death is Child's Play" in the UK. Similarly, American International Pictures released the film as "Trapped!" and "Island of the Damned" simultaneously in the USA. See more »

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Tom sees the children using the old man's dead body as a piñata, but every time they strike him, his eyes and his face flinch. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn: What did the man of the pension tell you?
Tom: Just that something strange had happened to the kids on the island.
Evelyn: Strange... But what?
Tom: I don't know. Some sort of madness. I can't understand this.
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Very Decent Obscure Film
17 October 2005 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? is a relatively unknown but great little film. It contains some pretty heavy subject matter and is genuinely creepy. The film revolves around a man and his wife who go to a small island on vacation. The man had been there when he was young and wanted to experience the place with his wife. The island is a few hours from the mainland and is pretty isolated. The man and his wife get to the island to find it deserted. Eventually they begin running into a few children who all act very strange. Soon they realize that the children have flipped out and are murdering the adult townspeople. The couple is now torn between their disgust at the thought of committing violence against small children, and their own will to survive.

WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? really is a well done film. The acting is good, and the action is tense. The other thing I really liked was the downbeat ending. Altogether a very good film. Definitely Recommended 8.5/10


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