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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 »
User Reviews:
obscure, relevant, good 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 (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:
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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47 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
obscure, relevant, good, 11 February 2004
Author: KuRt-33 (kurtaerden@yahoo.com) from Antwerp, Belgium

"Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" (I know there should be an inverted question mark at the beginning of the title, but try telling that to my keyboard) is an obscure Spanish cult movie from the Seventies. I say 'obscure' because the movie hasn't been seen or released that much, even though it has a good reputation. The biggest culprit here may be the film's subject: murdering children. The movie starts with several minutes of news footage, showing us how badly children have been treated, contrary to common belief that noone wants to harm children. There aren't many films that'll start with footage of WWII's concentration camps, wounded children in Vietnam and African infants starving to death. The accompanying soundtrack of children chanting seems awkward, almost perverse. After seven minutes of hard-hitting history lessons the movie starts with kids enjoying themselves at a beach. Up to the moment waves carry a woman's corpse to the shore. "Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" has started: enjoy yourselves.

Like so many other European films from the Seventies, "Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" (released in 1975) has more titles than anyone can remember: so far I've come across 'Who Could Harm A Child?', 'Who Can Kill A Child?', 'Could You Kill A Child?', 'Trapped', 'Island of the Damned', 'Island of the Dead', 'Scream' (I kid you not), 'Todliche Befehle aus dem All', 'Les Revoltés de l'An 2000', 'Killer's Playground' and 'Death is Child's Play'. One title better than the other, still Quién? doesn't manage to beat possibly the best movie title ever, "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" (Bob Clark's zombie movie made in 1972). Quién's director is Chicho Ibáñez-Serrador, the son of two actors who made two movies for the big screen and two for tv. Ever since, Ibáñez-Serrador has made his living directing tv shows. The other movie he made was "La Residencia" (1969), a sleazy thriller best known as "The House That Screamed".

Quién's protagonists are Lewis Fiander (Tom) and Prunella Ransome (Evelyn), a happily married couple enjoying their holidays. Ransome is best known for being in "Alfred The Great" and John Schlesinger's "Far From The Madding Crowd". Lewis Fiander has the best cult credentials from being in Hammer's underrated film "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde" and the Phibes sequel, "Dr. Phibes Rises Again".

Back to our film. Tom decides to visit a nearby island he remembers visiting when he was very young. This is the biggest mistake they could've made. They take the boat to a little village that seems to be deserted. The ice cream is runny and there's noone in the pub. The couple can only spot a handful of kids. So what has happened? Where is everyone? You don't need too many clues to figure out that the children have started killing adults and there aren't that many left. Some people are killed onscreen and this is quite upsetting: to the children, murdering someone almost seems like a game. And perhaps it is.

I can't tell you more without revealing too much of the plot, but there are still a few things to be said. "Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" is a horror movie, but don't expect it to be gory or you'll be disappointed. I'd describe it as psychological horror, which is why the few gory bits are all the more unsettling. The movie has been compared with "Children of the Corn", based on a Stephen King novel and many think King must have seen the Spanish movie before writing his book. This could have happened, but one shouldn't forget there have been more movies and books where children end up taking over the world from adults (some of John Wyndham's books spring to mind, especially "The Midwich Cuckoos" - made into two movies as "Village of the Damned"). "Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" is a far better film than "Children of the Corn", so it's a damn shame the movie is only released on DVD by a Spanish label who couldn't see the use of adding subtitled to please the rest of the world. If you're lucky, you might find a French dubbed version of Quien? under the title of "Les Revoltés de l'An 2000", but you'll probably hear of the movie while reading a specialized cult movie magazine. Maybe that's part of the charm of the movie: that I myself own it twice, but only as a lame VHS copy of a copy dubbed in French and as a Spanish DVD without subtitles. I've seen the movie twice now and it isn't always easy to understand what it's about, but here we have a movie so clear in image language that it doesn't really matter you won't understand most of the dialogues (and to be honest, many scenes don't have dialogues as the couple find the only inhabitants of the village, the children, are far from talkative).

"Quién Puede Matar A Un Niño?" does not need dialogue to be good. The film succeeds in being both entertaining (in the way psychological horror movies entertain) and asking an interesting question: what would happen if children stopped being innocent victims? So obscure, relevant and good: movies don't need much more to end up being cult.

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