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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:
Unpleasant but not to be missed 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:
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador originally wanted Anthony Hopkins to play Tom.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Anthropophagus (1980)See more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Unpleasant but not to be missed, 5 August 2001
Author: rundbauchdodo from Zürich, Switzerland

Everyone who thinks that the "Children of the Corn"-films or boring stuff like "The Children of Ravensback" are cool horror movies about kids killing adults hasn't seen this movie.

It starts off quite harmless, an American couple on vacation in Spain leaves the mainland to escape the other tourists. They go on a little island. What they (and the viewer) don't know is that the children there have started to kill all adults on the island for no apparent motive.

The story may sound strange and hardly making any sense. Obviously, the German distributors of this gem didn't understand it at all: the German video version got the title "Tödliche Befehle aus dem All", "Deadly orders from space", which is absolute nonsense because there is no science fiction in it! But the motive of the children is only secondary here. The film is a subversion of the thinking standards of people all around the world: Children are always innocent and adults destroy the world. And all this is made with an uncanny and creepy atmosphere that makes this film thoroughly unique. The only other "killer kids" film that is - positively - comparable with "Quien Puede Matar a un Niño" is the fourth and last segment of Jeff Burrs very good anthology horror film "The Offspring" (aka "From a Whisper to a Scream").

Just as Serrador's earlier masterly horror film "La Residencia" (see also my comment on that), this undoubtedly unpleasant film was ahead of its time and will forever stay a unique and unusual horror film.

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