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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 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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Suddenly . . . They were the only adults left alive on the island. 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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Production Co:

Penta Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The story is based on the novel "El juego de los niños" ("The Child's Game"), written by Juan José Plans. Differences with the novel include that, in the book, children become murderers after touching a strange yellow pollen, as well as several other story-lines that happen in parallel to the story seen in the film. Characters in the book also have different names to those seen in the film. Juan José Plans himself wrote and directed a radio adaptation of his novel, released in six episodes in 1999. 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 »

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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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Well Done Gory take on a Taboo Subject
22 September 2011 | by ThreeGuysOneMovieSee all my reviews

English tourists Tom and Evelyn are traveling in Spain. The town they want to stay in is overcrowded so they decided to go to an island that Tom knows of about 4 hours off the coast. When they get to the island they discover that there are no adults on the island, only children. They soon realize that they are trapped on the island and that the children have killed all the adults. Now they must fight and kill the angry mob of children before they are killed themselves.

OK, so I was watching a video on youtube with Eli Roth where he talks about his five favorite films. He mentioned this film on his list and I was intrigued. I had never heard of it before so I started doing a little research. The film was made in 1976 and for a long time was almost impossible to find anywhere. Then in 2007 it was released on DVD by Dark Sky Films.

The movie is extremely well done for its time and budget. It was a very risqué film at the time since it dealt with a taboo subject matter, killing children. This is 8 years before Children of the Corn and while I have no proof of it I have a hard time believing Stephen King didn't use this movie as inspiration. Unlike, COTC however, this movie doesn't have any religious undertones.

I was pretty blown away by this film. It's truly creepy without being overly gory and it definitely sticks with you for a while afterwards. This is not a film for everyone. There are some scenes in the beginning of film that show documentary footage of children in concentration camps, starving in India, etc. This was done by the director to supposedly explain why the children decided to rise up against the adults but I found it a bit gratuitous and unnecessary.

If you are horror fan, or someone who just looking for something different to watch, then I recommend checking this one out.

On a side note I saw that they had planned on doing a remake of this film back in 2008. It was going to be called In the Playground and had a Director (David Alcade) and star (Diego Luna) all lined up. I even found a poster for the film. It doesn't look like this film was ever made though, and I can't find any record of it on IMDb.


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