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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 ... Brit van der Holden / Dutch woman
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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped See more »

Company Credits

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

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador: The man that Tom asks about the noise in the village. 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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Worth looking for for many reasons!
31 January 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

This remarkable and unusual horror film contains many powerful sequences, but one in particular stands out in my memory: The young husband, who's just beginning to realize that something about this island is very wrong, is attracted to a doorway by the sound of children's delighted laughter. He peeks through a crack in the door and observes a number of happy youngsters, all looking upward and swinging sticks, pinata-fashion, at something suspended from the ceiling. Then his gaze drifts upward, and we in the audience share his profound shock as he sees what the kids are swinging at.

This film hasn't received nearly the public or critical attention it deserves in the U.S. and isn't an easy film to find, except from off-the-beaten-path video companies. It is, however, well worth the patience of any true horror fan. Look for it!


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