Who Can Kill a Child? (Quin puede matar a un nio?) (1976)

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In this Spanish horror movie, a married couple heads for a resort island. There they find that the island has been overtaken by murderous children who cannot bear the sight of living adults. Naturally the couple are to be their next victims--provided that they do not escape first.

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All Critics (4)

chillingly creepy and unflinchingly confrontational

May 23, 2011 | Full Review…

Unapologetic downbeat horror story.

Feb 24, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A completely unheralded classic of bleak 1970s horror cinema.

Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Apesar de plagiar A Noite dos Mortos Vivos e do mau gosto dos créditos iniciais, o filme cria um clima de horror extremamente eficiente.

Feb 2, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Who Can Kill a Child? (Quin puede matar a un nio?)

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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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?

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

feel a bit queasy about the opening credits using what seemed like a full 5-7 minutes of historical footage of killed, injured and starving children...but after that, this was a great thriller; its style moves from the newsreels to a news-travelogue look to basically following the perspective of the married protagonists, and this situates the heros' self-defense in the context of children dying in adult games; the deranged children were both creepy killers and creepily innocent at the same time

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

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½

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.

Robert C
Robert C

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