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Release Date:
June 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Suddenly . . . They were the only adults left alive on the island. See more »
Plot:
A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
frighteningly original See more (54 total) »

Cast

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Lewis Fiander ... Tom
Prunella Ransome ... Evelyn
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
José Luis Romero ... Child
Javier de la Cámara ... Child (Leader)
Marián Salgado ... Child
Cristina Torres ... Child
Luis Maleas ... Child (as Luis Mateos)
Adela Blanco ... Child
Juan Carlos Romero ... Child
Julio Jesús Parra ... Child
Carlos Parra ... Child
Juan Antonio Balandín ... Child
Pedro Balandín ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael de Penagos ... Responsable agencia de viajes (voice) (uncredited)
Elsa Fábregas ... Evelyn (spanish version) (voice) (uncredited)
Irene Guerrero de Luna ... Dueña pensión (voice) (uncredited)
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador ... Man next to bus (uncredited)
José Moratalla ... Recepcionista hotel (voice) (uncredited)
Jesús Nieto ... Tom (spanish version) (voice) (uncredited)
Ana María Simón ... Madre en finca (voice) (uncredited)
Ángel Ter ... Enrique Amorós - the Postman / Man next to bus (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador 
 
Writing credits
Juan José Plans (novel "El juego de los niños")

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel)

Produced by
Manuel Salvador .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Waldo de los Ríos 
 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
 
Film Editing by
Antonio Ramírez de Loaysa 
Juan Serra 
 
Art Direction by
Juan Gracia 
 
Set Decoration by
Juan Alonso 
 
Costume Design by
Carmen de la Casa 
 
Makeup Department
Fernando Florido .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Julio Parra .... unit production manager
Manuel Pérez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mahnahén Velasco .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jose Antonio Arijita .... sound assistant
Sebastián Cabezas .... sound technician
Julio Calvo .... sound assistant
Francisco Peramos .... sound effects engineer
 
Special Effects by
Juan Antonio Balandín .... special effects technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
José Castedo .... camera helper
Mariano Cárdenas .... lighting technician
Federico G. Grau .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Marisa Ibarra .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"¿Quién puede matar a un niño?" - Spain (original title)
"Who Can Kill a Child?" - International (literal English title), USA (literal English title)
"The Hex Massacre" - USA (reissue title)
"Trapped" - USA
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Runtime:
107 min | Argentina:107 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Australia:90 min | USA:111 min (DVD)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1977) | France:-16 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2009) | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (DVD) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (1976) | USA:R

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:[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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blow Out (1981)See more »

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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
frighteningly original, 25 June 2002
Author: lee nicholson (leeio2002) from middlesbrough, england

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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