A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
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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
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I came across this movie, in a second-hand shop, about 3 years ago (i paid 99 pence for it!) and i've got to tell everyone how good this movie is. The movie opens in a typical 70's fashion, lush music and pretty scenery, whilst building a slow start. The couple in this movie, are played very well (probably because, they are unknown actors) and their reactions to these horrific situations are quite realistic.
Anyway, the basic plot is this, Whilst travelling in spain, a married couple (who VERY fortunetly for them, have left their child at home) hire a boat, and sail off to a little island, that the husband has visited before. When they arrive, the island is practically deserted, except for creepy looking children. The couple think up all the excuses, that you or i would think of, MAYBE THERES SOME FESTIVAL ? MAYBE THE ADULTS ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND AS SOME FORM OF RITUAL? These questions (all wrong) exploit our usual under-developed knowledge of other countries and their people, we invent things, for when, we simply do not understand them.
As it turns out, the children have taken over the island, and the couple end up running for their lives. I won't give away the ending to this fine movie. But let's just say that it's up there with THE WICKER MAN.
A few nice touches in this movie are the fact that the children spread their anti-social disease, merely by contact. And also the horrificness of a unborn baby attacking the mother. I have read in some other magazines, that the original print of this movie, runs well into 2 hours, and that the director cut out the sub-plot of the childrens actions deriving from some spannish war atrocities committed on children.......mmmm, very interesting!
Big lee gives this movie 10 out of 10
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