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

R  |   |  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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Even though the plot happens in an island, the town scenes were filmed in Ciruelos (Toledo), more than 250 miles away from the sea. 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: What did the man of the pension tell you?
Tom: Just that something strange had happened to the kids on the island.
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Tom: I don't know. Some sort of madness. I can't understand this.
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Classic Spanish horror with tension , chills and grisly killings
6 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

The amazing story deals with a young couple (Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome) on Holiday at Mediterranean Spanish coast . They decide go to island of Almanzora . At the beginning the place is abandoned but then some kids spontaneously appear . Later on , there happens several astonishing murders with bloody and gruesome executions . Various suspect children are implicated at creepy killings . Meantime , the couple is besieged and escaping of the wayward children who are originating a frightening massacre .

This is an unrelenting shock-feast laced with touches of denounce especially in its prologue . Chicho Ibañez Serrador's first great success is compelling directed with startling visual content , skill use of images-shock and some zooms . 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 . However , most of the movie was filmed far from the sea as Ciruelos (Toledo) . This frightening movie is plenty of thrills , chills , high body-count and glimmer color in lurid image with phenomenal results . This is a classic horror movie where intrigue , tension , suspense appear threatening and lurking in every room , corridors , interior and exterior from the deserted island . This film along with ¨La Residencia¨ and ¨Sleeping corpses lie¨ result to be the tree essential movies of the Spanish terror cinema . This genuinely mysterious story is well photographed by Jose Luis Alcaine on location of Sitges , Menorca and Ciruelos , Toledo . Creepie and eerie musical score by Waldo De Los Rios .

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 . The motion picture was well directed by Chicho Ibañez Serrador and he originally wanted Anthony Hopkins to play Tom . Chicho directed another classic as ¨La Residencia¨ also titled ¨The Boarding School¨ and for TV , ¨Historias para no Dormir¨, being his last film an episode titled ¨Blame¨(2006). Rating : Good, this is one more imaginative terror pictures in which the camera stalks in sinister style and still packs a punch for those who like to be terrorize . It manages to be both eerie and skillfully made , furthermore holds deservedly its cult status . At the time considered the plus ultra of disturbing movie is less disagreeable by nowadays's standards, yet its fundamental power to thrill remains undiminished .


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