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Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (original title)
R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1978 (USA)
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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.

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 ... Father of Crying Girl
Miguel Narros Miguel Narros ... Guardacostas 1
María Luisa Arias María Luisa Arias ... (as Mª Luisa Arias)
Marisa Porcel Marisa Porcel
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla
Luis Ciges ... Enrique Amorós - the Postman
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal
Aparicio Rivero Aparicio Rivero
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Camera shop clerk
Andrés Gómez Andrés Gómez
Maria Druille Maria Druille ... Child (Crying daughter)
Lourdes de la Cámara Lourdes de la Cámara ... Child (Lourdes)
Roberto Nauta Roberto Nauta ... Child
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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of the Damned 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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Narciso Ibáñez Serrador wanted Tom and Evelyn to speak English to each other throughout the movie. This would add to Evelyn's communication troubles since she isn't able to speak any Spanish at all. However, since the producers feared that the public would get distracted by the subtitles, they made a last minute decision and had both characters dubbed into Spanish for the original version. Ibáñez Serrador has always been very critical of this decision, he felt that it damaged the atmosphere of the film. See more »

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When Tom finds the switchboard operator's dead body, she is breathing as he leans over her. 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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Years before the Corn, there were the Children of the Sea...
10 October 1998 | by el_monty_BCNSee all my reviews

It is hard not to be suspicious about where Stephen King might have got his "inspiration" for "Children of the Corn" when you witness the striking plot similarities between his novel/movie and the little-known but notable spanish movie "Quien puede matar a un nino?", which was also based on a novel. The subject of children who become a menace has been treated several times in horror cinema(e.g. Village Of The Damned, The Exorcist) because the idea of seemingly-innocent beings hiding dark and murderous forces within them is especially mind-bending and terrifying. Director Ibanez-Serrador (who later became more famous in Spain for directing TV game shows (!)) tries to make the most of this concept, and, although the final result suffers a bit from poor acting and lack of budget, he is altogether quite successful; He intelligently uses a sunny and placid holiday setup which gives us no clue about the horrors we're about to see, and builds up suspense so the film becomes more and more scary as it advances, reaching really sick heights of dementia towards the end. This is definitely a movie to discover for all Horror-cinema-lovers.


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