[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Who Can Kill a Child?
Suddenly . . . They were the only adults left alive on the island.
A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.
When a film starts with real footage from various wars in which we see children suffering and dying, you know it's not going to be an 'easy' watch. And it isn't, not by a long shot.
What makes it stand out is not gore or easy scares, it's atmosphere. It evokes a feeling of 'wrongness', caused by the scariest antagonists possible, children. These kids do the most horrible things and therein lies the strength of this film. It's the disconnect between the rational expectations you have when you see a child and the sadistic things they eventually do. This slow realisation is acted out really well by the two leads. Even though I expected it, the inevitable conclusion still shocked me.
There is a lot to admire in this film, it has something to say, the acting is very good, but what I liked most is that it doesn't try to give any easy explanations.
They don't make them like this any more, seriously, they don't. Who Can Kill a Child is a really impressive piece of work in my eyes. This is a horror film that displays a perfect sense of timing and restraint and by developing slowly, builds an almost overwhelmingly eerie and tense atmosphere.
The film follows an English couple, Tom and Evelyn, as they holiday in Spain. To begin with, we see the couple in the busy town of Benavis where we learn Evelyn can't speak a word of Spanish, while Tom has visited previously and has a good command of the language. As there is a festival happening in town, Tom suggests they rent a boat and sail out to…
This won't be much of a review. This was my last film to watch to complete Hoop-Tober, and I finished it with 20 minutes till midnight on October 31st. At work. On my last day here. And it's an instant favorite. Today has been a good day :) Now I have to write about a billion reviews to complete this challenge and I'm sooooo tired. Maybe more like three or four, but still, I'll be lucky if they're legible. Anyway, this is my favorite of all the movies I watched for Hoop-Tober, and I really urge everyone to seek it out. That's all I want to say about it, because I don't think you should read about this before going into it if possible. Here's to a happy ending to Hoop-Tober on Halloween on my last night on the job. Can't beat that.
Now I am not sure which is scarier... being chased after by zombies or being chased by creepy little murdering kids.
A man and his pregnant wife vacation in Spain, and sail off to a small island that turns out have been overrun with murderous children. I expected something more over the top and exploitationriffic, but instead is (mostly) a straight up thriller that goes into dark places by the time it gets to its series of payoffs and awesome ending. Worth hunting down.
Film featuring creepy kid(s)
"Almanzora??? No thanks....."
This 1976 horror-drama was surprising in a number of ways. A creepy story with an interesting premise, an intricate screenplay, amazing character development. All from this lesser known gem of a horror movie.
The movie opens with the montages of wars and riots from all over the world, and it shines light to the fact that mostly children are the victims of those genocides. From that, the movie established whom it is rooted for and what is the message it tries to forward. Then we are shown this American couple who visits Spain as part of their vacation. After the initial sequences, which states their…
Mas ainda to ramelando em ver o Village of the Damned.
This film is BALLSY and scary as hell. The sense of isolation is overwhelming and still translates nearly 40 years later. Children as monsters might be the most frightening thing of all.
Présenté en ouverture du cycle La Cinémathèque interdite, à la Cinémathèque québécoise
A film that uses mood and creepiness to their full effect rather than overcompensating with blood and gore. The introduction to the film discusses wars and other atrocities throughout world history and how they affected (and still affect) children. Once the starring couple makes their way to a remote island for a relaxing vacation they discover instead a seemingly-abandoned town filled with laughing children. The escalation of their terror is only highlighted by the slow burn and the realistic performances. Kids have never looked so creepy.
This movie proves that you don't need jump scares to have an efficient horror movie.
The story is built slowly, allowing us to have empathy for the main characters and to feel the stress of the situation. The athmosphere created by the cast members and the set, with the blazing sun and the moist heat, is very oppressive and works really well to immerse us in the story. Also the main actors play very naturally, which adds to the realism (that and the archival footages added at the beginning of the movie).
It is scary because of the horror of the situation and because it touches our feelings, not because we feel like having a heart attack every ten seconds.
I would like to see more movies like that nowadays.
Filme de horror español que merecidamente se ha ganado su status de culto gracias a su arriesgada premisa y adecuada ambientación heredera de "The Chainsaw Masascrde" de Tobe Hooper (otra pelicula de culto de los 70).
Como únicos puntos débiles se les podría achacar algunos momentos de los actores y cierta inconsistencia en el guion (sin embargo esto ultimo no lo encuentro tan grave, la película busca asombrar y crear incomodidad en base a su acertada ambientación e interesante historia y no creo que pretenda ser verosímil en ningún momento).
Muy entretenida, incomoda de ver y de innegable status de culto.
LA VENGANZA VISTE UNA TALLA S.
Con una introducción, muy al estilo amarillista-malrollero de los informativos de investigación tabloide de los 60 que solo buscaban el asco y las tripas, la obra maestra de Narciso Ibáñez Serrador empezaba con una suerte de noticiario documentado sobre los mayores desastres armamentísticos a los largo del siglo XX con una profusa predilección por la muerte de los niños en dichos conflictos.
En un momento dado de la cinta, un personaje hace referencia a las guerras, las bombas y el hambre con un lapidario: 'Las verdaderas víctimas son los niños. Siempre son los niños'.
Reivindicada por ídolos del gore como Eli Roth, '¿Quién puede matar a un niño?' es una de esas magnificas obras…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pionera y maldita. Inspiradora de "Children of the Corn" (y de muchos otras cosas, directa o indirectamente).
Una gran película de terror explota cualquier contexto. Así sea el verano playero y la alegría de cientos de niños españoles.
"¿No piensas tener hijos?"
"No gracias, vi "¿Quien puede matar a un niño?" y prefiero SEGUIR VIVIENDO".
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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