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Quin puede matar a un nio? (Who Can Kill a Child?)(Death is Child's Play)(Island of the Damned)

Quin puede matar a un nio? (Who Can Kill a Child?)(Death is Child's Play)(Island of the Damned) (1976)

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Release Date: Apr 26, 1976 Wide

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Children strike back at adults in this chilling horror film from director Narcisco Ibanez Serrador. While vacationing on the remote island of Almanzora, Tom (Lewis Fiander) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) notice only giggling children. They wonder where all the adults are, until Tom spies a little girl beating an old man to death with his own walking stick. The man is then hung up in the town square and used as a piñata by the scythe-wielding children. Tom soon discovers that the

Jun 26, 2007

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chillingly creepy and unflinchingly confrontational

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Audience Reviews for Quin puede matar a un nio? (Who Can Kill a Child?)(Death is Child's Play)(Island of the Damned)

a powerful film but... were those scenes from the holocaust and other war-torn regions in the opening really necessary? that felt exploitative to me. and it's ¿quién puede matar a un niño?
October 31, 2013
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Stella Dallas

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I love the topic and the hilarious brutality of the film. It's a great idea, from what I can tell it gained a lot of inspiration from Lord Of The Flies. It's a what if scenario and the execution was nearly perfect. It felt like Hitchcock, then Polanski and trailed off into its own feel.
November 18, 2009
ythelastman89

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The first (very disturbing) five minutes of this film consists of actual archival footage of the atrocities of war, famine and genocide and is more horrific then most of the scenarios presented in any fictional story.

Once you get past that, what you'll find is a pretty solid piece of horror / thriller film making. Think "Children Of The Corn" meets "Village Of The Damned".

While it suffers a bit from the HORRIBLE 1970's "special effects", it redeems itself with the (rare but impressive) 1970's "anyone can die, including children" mantra which I'm a big fan of. I find it ammusing that although films continue to get more graphic and realistic in regardes to the HOW people are killed, the very idea of a dead child is for some reason too hard for us to comprehend? Not that I'm promoting child murder in reality, but (if presented in a non-gratuitous manner) it can be a very powerful tool for telling a story.

I'm also always ammused when (in a foreign film) a "national" plays American or British (with no attempt at even an English accent). I guess it's pay back for all of the Brits (and American) actors who throughout film history who have played everything from Nazi's to Spanish Kings with the same lack of authenticity.

Over all this was a very nice surprise and well worth a watch for horror fans.
August 27, 2009
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