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Release Date:
June 1978 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Classic Spanish horror with tension , chills and grisly killings See more (55 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 (Eastmancolor)
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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The other female tourist trapped on the island is supposed to be Dutch, yet she clearly speaks German into the phone.See more »
Quotes:
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Classic Spanish horror with tension , chills and grisly killings, 6 December 2009
Author: ma-cortes

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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