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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.

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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Storyline

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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A nice place to visit, but you could never LIVE there! See more »


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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Tom sees the children using the old man's dead body as a piñata, but every time they strike him, his eyes and his face flinch. 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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Referenced in Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

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Superior 70s creepfest.
20 February 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

This tense, skillfully effectuated shocker spent a good many years lingering in relative obscurity, being largely unattainable outside of "grey market" trading circles. Now, more than three decades after its initial release, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD is finally getting the attention it deserves. The sagaciously conceptualized tale concerns an expecting young couple voyaging to a small island and finding that the adult population has declined considerably, as the resident children have gone inexplicably berserk and killed them off. With pint-size danger lurking at every turn, the couple must be fleet of foot and find a means of escape from the island. Defending themselves against an army of evil youths proves difficult, however, because...."who can kill a child"?

A singular horror film with able performances, first-rate direction, and effective filming locations which kindle a parched and desolate quality, recalling somewhat the unsettling flashback sequences in the closing moments of SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER(1959). This chalk-dusted atmosphere of barren paucity and isolation is unique, and one of the key aspects contributing to the film's success. Genre fans might recognize one of the rancorous rugrats as Marian Salgado of DEMON WITCH CHILD(1976).

Strongly recommended. 7.5/10


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