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Come Out And Play (2013)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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24

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 571

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Beth (Vinessa Shaw, 3:10 To Yuma) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Damages), a happy young couple expecting a child, have come to Mexico for a romantic getaway. As they dock on a sun-kissed beach where children are playing and giggling, everything seems perfect. But as they wander the strangely empty streets, an atmosphere of unease sets in: an abandoned hotel, a distress call that repeatedly echoes from a radio set, the sense of being watched...the sound of children's laughter drifting through

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Jun 17, 2013

$1.6k

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9)

Despite its familiar genre trappings, this nastily efficient horror film delivers genuine chills.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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The film maintains a deliberately unhurried pace that builds tension naturally and with minimum interference from the soundtrack.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For horror fans, there are ... enough gruesome images, icky concepts and "don't-go-there" moments to carry the day.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Even by the low standards of scary-movie plausibility, mononymous first-timer Makinov exhibits brazenly little interest in psychologically grounding his story.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Makinov tries repeatedly to mine suspense from slowly creeping up on his actors with the camera. If I'd directed this bunk, I'd hide my face too.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Mostly just a hollow experience

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

An unnerving, humid slice of elemental horror that conjures up memories of Children of the Corn by way of George Romero. It mostly works, until it doesn't.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Occasionally creepy, but mostly inert, unimaginative and tedious.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Creepy, troubling idea drains away through a gaping plot hole

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

These kids are not your usual tourist fare. Look out young marrieds!

March 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Come Out and Play is a good example of how to eke out film thrills with a minimum of elements. Makinov should prove to be a filmmaker to watch.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Makinov's film expertly crafts a sense of dawning madness that hinges on its villains' unspoken fury at their elders.

March 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

While I'd personally rather pop in Who Can Kill A Child?, viewers new to the subject will find Makinov's remake interesting, but they should know it's already been done before - and better.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Though virtually without plot, the horror elements are effective given the graphic views of mass murder.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

A relentlessly routine remake.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

...a slightly uneven yet stirring horror effort that bodes well for the mysterious Makinov's future endeavors.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Demands a little patience but also delivers some nasty chills in return.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

If anything, 'Come Out and Play' is generic to the core, a cut and paste horror thriller that still manages to deliver on both production value and intensity.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting
Bloody Disgusting

Audience Reviews for Come Out And Play

two star
May 4, 2013
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Francis (Moss-Bachrach) and his pregnant wife Beth (Shaw) are taking the opportunity to holiday in Mexico before the birth of their child. Hearing of a tranquil island, Francis hires a boat and the couple leave the mainland. When they arrive they find children playing at the dock but no sign of any adults anywhere on the island. At first they assume everyone has left for a carnival but when Francis witnesses the brutal murder of an elderly man at the hands of a group of children, it becomes apparent something sinister is occurring on the island.
Though it's mentioned nowhere in the marketing, 'Come Out & Play' is a remake of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's 1976 Spanish horror movie 'Who Can Kill a Child?'. (The line is even uttered by a character in this version). Stephen King's short story, 'Children of the Corn', later adapted into a long running movie franchise, also borrows heavily from Serrador's film. In Makinov's remake, the English couple holidaying in Spain are replaced by an American couple in Mexico, but it's essentially the same movie, or rather an inferior copy. Serrador attempted a commentary on the effects of war on the young, but, despite dedicating his film to "the martyrs of Stalingrad", Makinov has little interest in anything other than cheap shock tactics.
The film is devoid of suspense or tension, with much of the running time spent following characters wander around the island with no concessions made toward mood or atmosphere. Attempting to make children seem terrifying is a tough ask for any film-maker but Makinov completely fails to convince us that his young antagonists pose any tangible threat. A few years ago, the British film 'The Children' tread similar ground but added dramatic weight by having its killer kids the children of the film's protagonists. There's no such quandary for the lead couple of 'Come Out & Play'. As we have no investment in these children, they may as well be zombies or any other type of movie monster.
What could have been an interesting look at what happens when survival wrestles with morality is instead just another by the numbers horror remake.
April 14, 2013
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