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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

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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Several sequences are homages to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), for example, the image of all the children in the island's village square ready to attack Tom and Evelyn, and the final escape from the island. 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 »

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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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A masterpiece of Spanish horror.
14 February 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

A man and his pregnant wife arrive on the isolated island of Almanzora to find it almost entirely deserted the only visible population seems to be composed of children.When they finally spy an adult,they watch in horror as a little girl beats the man to death with his own walking stick."Who Can Kill a Child?" mixes socio-political themes with extremely eerie atmosphere of isolation and hopelessness.The tension builds slowly until it reaches incredibly horrifying climax.A sequence in which Lewis Fiander and Prunella Ransome walk through the village,gingerly stepping past the children who have gathered to watch them is extremely creepy.The children also do a terrific job-they are truly threatening and chilling.The photography by Jose Luis Alcane is wonderful and the soundtrack by Waldo De Los Rios is fantastic.Still the film is really unsettling,so if you are easily disturbed don't watch it.10 out of 10.


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