Come Out And Play Reviews
May 4, 2013
April 14, 2013
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.
January 24, 2014
Slightly creepy, fair at best. I don't care how many little kids there are with rocks and sticks and even a few knives, if they attack me and are trying to kill me, I won't be running away like a big douche. This film frustrated the hell out of me. Oh no, big moral dilemma, do I fight back against the kids that killed an entire town and are hell bent on devouring me? It would take 20 eight year olds to bring me down, and that's if I wasn't fighting back. No, no, I think I'll run away like a little bitch and hide instead! Sigh. And now your baby just ate your wife from the inside. Hahaha. It wasn't all bad though, a wee bit of gore and cannibalism and maybe a few seconds of mild suspense here and there make it slightly better than utterly pointless.
July 6, 2013
Okay, so Come Out and Play is a reasonably stylish and brutal remake of the Euro-horror classic Who Can Kill a Child?. Despite its nastiness and excellent cinematography, I found the film somewhat off-putting because of Makinov's bold statements of his direction. Despite this being his first film, he rather pretentiously presents himself like he is already a god of filmmaking. It is similar to Almodovar's branding, but Almodovar made a name for himself long before he started doing that....
May 6, 2013
OK for a B horror movie. The acting is horrid, but it manages to generate decent suspense early on. Once the premise is revealed though, it loses steam completely. Apparently a remake of an obscure 70's movie but I have not seen the original.
October 22, 2012
After seeing mostly positive reviews for Come Out And Play, I was really excited to see it. After finally renting it and watching it all I can say now is that it was just ok. Nothing more than an "eh that was ok I guess". There are no scary moments, but there are some creepy images. There is actually only a little amount of blood, and not many deaths. Overall if you like creepy children movies, you will probably somewhat enjoy this.
February 7, 2014
Updated version of WHO CAN KILL A CHILD. Not that the original need to be remade. In the end, the director goes there.
December 27, 2013
Check out the ridiculous final 5 minutes of the film. Skip the rest.
November 10, 2013
Come Out and Play (Makinov, 2012)
I first heard about the Spanish exploitation/horror flick Who Can Kill a Child? When Eli Roth touted it in a Five Films segment on the late (and much-lamented, at least at Goat Central) Rotten Tomatoes Show. At the time-this was probably five years ago now as I write this in November 2013-it was pretty much impossible to find in the United States Fast-forward to 2013 and I still haven't managed to catch the original. Unfortunately, I was unaware that Come Out and Play, directed by one Makinov (rumor has it this is Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo under a pseudonym, but I have not seen firm confirmation of that yet), was a shot-by-shot remake of Who Can Kill a Child? until I was about ten minutes into it. By that time I figured I would give it a shot, no pun intended. While I watched, I half-perused the vitriol unleashed at the movie on the IMDB message boards. I didn't hate it nearly as much as a lot of people did, it would seem. But then, I repeat, I haven't seen the original. For all I know they are completely justified, and let's face it, how often are shot-by-shot remakes successful? (Let's put aside the woeful remakes that would have been infinitely better had their directors opted for that approach.)
Plot: the members of The Offspring... no, I kid (though I have had that song going through my head for hours now). A young married couple, Francis (The Lake House's Ebon Miss-Bachrach) and Beth (Vinessa Shaw from the The Hills Have Eyes remake), are taking one last vacation before they become parents, looking to get away from it all on a secluded island. When they get there, they notice a few kids fishing on the pier, but don't see any adults. They think nothing of it and head for their hotel, which is, again, oddly deserted. Eventually they realize there's a pattern here.
My favorite thing about the movie, by far, was Makinov's attempts to get that seventies vibe going. There's a scene where a character is trapped in a radio hut with frosted windows, and you see hands banging the windows over and over again. That's nice stuff, right there, and for the most part there was no attempt to go young-and-beautiful with this cast (that would have actually not made a great deal of sense-after all, if your "adults" are only a few years older than your kids...). That, too, contributes to the seventies atmosphere. On the other hand, and this may seem contradictory, one of the few reasons one would consider watching a remake instead of just going back and watching the original is seeing how a director will take advantage of the updated technology available thirty-five years later to come up with gorier special effects. And yes, I'm the first to admit I'd probably be yelling at him for destroying the atmosphere if he actually had, but I end up asking the usual question: why did this movie need to get made in the first place?
It's rather pretty, save some ridiculous, overdone scenes (wait till you see the hilarious opening shot of the end credits), and the acting is at least competent, but there's nothing here that would set this apart from about three hundred other horror films currently on Netflix Instant that either never made it to theaters in your area or never made it into theaters at all, and they all have the advantage of not being remakes. This is one of those "if you're drunk and have nothing better to do on a Friday night..." selections. **
October 20, 2013
Pretty bad. Had an interesting idea (which the movie doesn't try to make sense of which is stupid) and there were 2 moments that were genuinely good but everything else about it is just dull and pointless. Cliche as hell is the best way to describe Come Out and Play.
October 13, 2013
terrifically disturbing. don't watch if pregnant or sensitive about kids/babies etc
October 8, 2013
Valido remake dello spietato "Ma come si può uccidere un bambino?" del 1976, Come out and play è un thriller ben fatto e angosciante.
Tuttavia, a rendere ancora più misteriosa questa pellicola è la figura di un certo Makinov, pseudonimo di un individuo mascherato che, oltre ad esserne il regista, ne scrive la sceneggiatura, lo produce e si occupa di fotografia, montaggio e musiche. Questo personaggio incappucciato, non è mai apparso pubblicamente e si dice che non abbia mai mostrato il volto neanche al cast durante le riprese.
Makinov è sicuramente riuscito a far parlare di sé e inevitabilmente anche del suo film, grazie all'aura di mistero che lo ha circondato e anche grazie a una serie di inquietanti manifesti proiettati al Toronto Film Festival.
Questo è stato il suo primo e ancora unico film e non è ancora chiaro se sia un genio, un folle criminale oppure se sia soltanto una trovata commerciale, ma sicuramente è un personaggio da tenere d'occhio.
Ma passiamo alla trama: una giovane coppia decide di trascorrere qualche giorno di vacanza in una piccola e tranquilla isola messicana. Al loro arrivo, i due sono accolti da un gruppo di bambini e da un silenzio irreale. Hotel, bar e case sono inspiegabilmente deserti e ben presto capiscono che gli (apparentemente) innocui ragazzini sono gli unici abitanti dell'isola e che gli adulti sono stati selvaggiamente uccisi dai loro stessi figli.
La tensione è ben dosata e riesce anche a suscitare qualche brivido grazie ai vasti spazi deserti alternati a lunghi e stretti corridoi. La colonna sonora è assolutamente adeguata e, insieme all'ottima regia, rende la pellicola ancora più angosciante.
Le scene violente non vengono quasi mai mostrate direttamente, ma non per questo appaiono mano brutali, visto che a compierle sono prevalentemente degli innocenti (ma inquietanti) bambini.
Una fotografia dai colori caldi e le immagini chiare e nitide fanno apparire le azioni a cui assistiamo ancora più sconcertanti.
Purtroppo l'eccessiva semplicità della sceneggiatura, soprattutto nella parte centrale, e la troppo breve durata, sicuramente ridimensionano un film che, anche se godibile, avrebbe potuto ottenere maggior successo.
Il finale spietato, però, riscatta molte delle precedenti lacune: inquietante alla S.King e disarmante alla Romero.
Simile a: Children of the Corn (2009), The Children (2008)
September 29, 2013
Although not quite so, this movie sets itself up to be a zombie movie. Like most zombie or horror movies in general we are faced with the victims making all of the dumbest possible choices, the first being the feeling that they need to investigate a situation that is so off the realm of normal rather than getting the hell out of dodge. Another being the impulse to put yourself as deep into a building as possible so that escape is utterly impossible. But lets put those aside because without it we would not have the horror or slasher film genre, and I don't wish to imply I don't like them. This movie is similar to zombie movies such as "Dawn of the Dead" (2004) or Quarantine (2008) where the victims are confined to a certain location. In this film, a man and his pregnant wife find themselves on a remote Mexican island, where they planned to vacation. Why a seven month pregnant woman would vacation to such a place also takes away from the credibility a bit for me, but then again I guess there are some who would do that. On this island they are confronted with their monsters. The twist is that in this movie the evil demons are a bunch of children--children whose favorite pass-time is to clobber adults to death and use their limbs and digits as ornamental jewelery. This twist is what added to the movie as fighting off the enemy when the enemy is a child is morally conflicting. I will not spoil the ending, but I'd say it had a touch of irony that added just enough to make me like this move. I understand this movie is a remake of the 1978 film "Who Can Kill a Child." I'll have to watch that one too simply because I'm a completionist, although I hear the two are virtually identical.
September 22, 2013
If I could give this movie less than a half star, I would. The annoying incidental music and the re-affirmed stupidity of the adults, portrayed in the film as helpless heaps of idiocy makes the film an unbearable comedy of massive proportions. The children in it couldn't be uglier, or worse actors if they had actually came from a deserted island away from television and civilization.
The music rises, loud and clear,
boisterous and scary, to show the pregnant woman still sitting alone, taking pictures of a wall. Where's the excitement when the music doesn't indicate a thing? Whoever edited the sound for this film, never watched Jaws.
Makinov should never sit in the director's chair again, I can't predict the demise of a film, but this is the movie that predicts the demise of a director.
September 13, 2013
what a sad little lonely piece of crapload!
February 18, 2013
Es una cinta plana, la cual no ofrece nada nuevo (a pesar de su "interesante" idea), las actuaciones son muy regulares, los personajes no logran conectar con uno, el desarrollo de la historia se siente acartonado. Come Out and Play sólo sirve para resolver tus problemas de insomnio y ya.
September 6, 2013
Bueno, nunca había llegado a llorar de la risa con los últimos 10 minutos de una película se suspenso o de terror haha, todavia sigo riendo al pensar en esa conclusión. Come Out And Play o Juego de Niños, tiene la trama de una niños asesinos que viven en una isla y una pareja sera amenazada por ellos. Vaya... Realmente le estaba buscando algo bueno en la pelicula, la edicion no tiene logica, la combinación de escenas, no saben donde poner a los personajes, que hacer con ellos, se concentran en uno y se olvidan de otro de una manera muy estúpida. La filmación, se nota que no tuvo mucha ayuda, hasta sentí que esta película se hizo con 6 actores adultos, un director con una cámara, sin un equipo, solo el y varios niños que quisieron salir. Ni siquiera la idea de niños asesinos es buena o aceptable, no es creíble, no te lo puedes tomar al 100% serio. Come Out and Play parece una opera prima de este director, pero no se esforzó mucho, personajes clicheados, sin inteligencia en las situaciones. Y como he dicho, sus últimos 10 minutos me mataron de la risa, literalmente, solo la volvería a ver por esos 10 minutos. De los actores, Ebon Moss-Bachrach es el que si sentí que se lo esta tomando en serio, los demás son muy X. No reaccionas en ninguna parte de suspenso o terror, sustos, nada... no sientes nada, la película solo esta pasando por tus ojos, sin sentir emoción, solo un pequeño IUGH en las escenas de los niños matando o jugando con la sangre. Pensé haber visto cosas malas en este año, pero Come Out and Play puede llegar a ser el primer lugar (Lo mas pésimo) mi lista de lo peor del año.
August 6, 2013
One of the most disturbing, fucked up films I have seen. A married couple travel to a remote island looking for a relaxing, peaceful vacation but find something else much more horrifying once they arrive: all the kids on the island have murdered all the adults and are now on the hunt for more blood. The film has a pretty good atmosphere and a fantastic, thick tension (you can really feel it, a great slow burn film), it's also pretty damn scary. It's got the most fucked up death I've seen and the final fight scene is glorious. A great, fantastic horror film that's got a unique, disturbing concept (and a stupid last final seconds). Highly recommended.
July 15, 2013
Some genuine scares here... Pretty good horror flick
July 12, 2013
A very poor remake of a much more poignant original movie - Who Can Kill A Child? Everything that was good about the original movie is missing in this movie. A congratulate anyone who watches this and actually cares what happens to the lead characters. Having watched the original previously, this version sadly didnt stand much of a chance, but even with the omission of its much superior predecessor, this is at best a very average movie.