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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:
Children of the damned See more (53 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)
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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:
Director Cameo: [Narciso Ibáñez Serrador]The man that Tom asks about the noise in the village.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Tom finds the switchboard operator's dead body, she is breathing as he leans over her.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:
References La Dolce Vita (1960)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Children of the damned, 26 July 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

While on vacation, a man and his pregnant wife visit an island that the former knows from his past. They arrive to find that the place is not how he remembered. In fact, it appears to be quite deserted aside from several children. It isn't too long before they come across an adult. Pity the kids get to him first, killing him and stringing his body up for use as a human piñata. You see, adults are no longer welcome on this island. At least not if they're still among the living.

For my money, "Who Can Kill a Child?" is a masterpiece of the genre. It makes other killer kid films look like jokes in comparison. Originally seeing it via the "Island of the Damned" cut, it's a very tense and unsettling film with some interesting socio-political subtext as relates to child violence. The likable main characters really struggle here, both physically and morally, in a picture as bleak as they come. It has such an impeccable mood and atmosphere to it. The closest comparison I can make is to that of Werner Herzog's short documentary, "La Soufrière". The isolated, disquieted feel of the island is very predominant.

It's unfortunate that director Serrador faded into the land of television after this film. He clearly had a lot to offer the genre.

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