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Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (original title)
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A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

Director:

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (as Narciso Ibañez Serrador)

Writers:

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel), Juan José Plans (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Fiander ... Tom
Prunella Ransome ... Evelyn
Antonio Iranzo ... Padre
Miguel Narros Miguel Narros ... Guardacostas 1
María Luisa Arias María Luisa Arias ... (as Mª Luisa Arias)
Marisa Porcel ... Brit van der Holden
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla
Luis Ciges ... Enrique Amorós
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal
Aparicio Rivero Aparicio Rivero
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Empleado
Andrés Gómez Andrés Gómez
Maria Druille Maria Druille ... Niños (as María Druille)
Lourdes de la Cámara Lourdes de la Cámara ... Niños
Roberto Nauta Roberto Nauta ... Niños
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A couple of English tourists rent a boat to visit the fictitious island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the town deserted of adults, there's only children who don't speak but stare at them with eerie smiles. They soon discover that all the children of the island have been posessed by a mysterious force or madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because nobody dares to kill a child... Written by Pablo Montoya <mmontoyac@nexo.es>

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They don't know it yet, but their vacation paradise will be a nightmare See more »


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped See more »

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Penta Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For the scene in which the children use a corpse as a piñata the shots with the children were filmed separately substituting a punching bag for the actor who plays the dead body. See more »

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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: [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.
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Unpleasant but not to be missed
5 August 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

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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