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

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  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 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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Narciso Ibáñez Serrador originally wanted Anthony Hopkins to play Tom. See more »

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The other female tourist trapped on the island is supposed to be Dutch, yet she clearly speaks German into the phone. See more »

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Evelyn: [to Tom] There is something wrong on this island and you're trying to keep it from me. If there is something wrong, then whatever it is, I think we should leave.
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frighteningly original
25 June 2002 | by (middlesbrough, england) – See all my reviews

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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