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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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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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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 script was written in only four days. See more »

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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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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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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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