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Who Can Kill a Child?
A nice place to visit, but you could never LIVE there!
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.
This movie has developed quite the cult status over the years, I've heard this refered to multiple times as the greatest killer kid movie of all time, so expectations going in were high and they were met. This easily has the best atmosphere out of any of the nearly 60 horror movies I have watched since September starting off with that ghastly prologue that uses real life footage of atrocities to children.
From there the movie slowly draws you in to the lives of this tourist couple, we get little hints something isn't right but this movie really takes its time before it's big reveal which is very effective. The ending is grim brilliance. Edgy for any period in film…
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…
Add me to the pile of folks that really don't understand the purpose of including that newsreel footage under the opening credits: The general intent of those clips -- children are mad as hell & they aren't gonna take it anymore -- is offered again mid-film (via more real-life footage), the in-your-face nature of those clips garishly clashes with the film's intelligent less-is-more aesthetic, and fuck showing actual Nazi / Vietnam atrocities in your silly little horror movie (especially when it's offset by a child's wordless singing).
Thankfully, the work of Serrador & friends in the rest of the film makes up for that misstep. In particular: The reveal of the first dead body (a simple non-showy camera pan accompanied by a…
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.
Anyone who comes after my pregnant wife with intention while we're stuck on a nearly deserted island is fair game. Crazy little runts.
Fairly low rent exploitation ear from the seventies. A lot talk it up but I didn't think much of it. A few shocking moments don't a good movie make.
P: Okay, we’re gonna make a film – I’ve got the location, a lovely Spanish retreat the wife and I went to last year. It gets kinda quiet – we can film undisturbed - it’ll be fantastic.
D: Ci, excellente. I bet that’ll look fantastic.
P: Also there’s going to be loads of kids in it.
P: They will be super affordable, we can probably hire a hundred or so and still buy them paella and a taxi ride home. I bet some’ll do it for free.
D: What about all the parents? Won’t they want to be there too?
P: We’ll work that out when we get there – now here’s the big thing. I have an…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a hard movie to find, but those who seek it out (get the 112 minute unedited version) are rewarded by an uncompromising film that is shocking and suspenseful. The almost zombie-like children, sense of dread, and brutal downer of an ending reminded me of Romero's "Night of the Living Dead".
Pluses - Some quite suspenseful and creepy moments. Beautiful location. Graphic violence. A plot that builds dread and suspense, and offers a conclusion that is grim, shocking, and unflinching.
Minuses - Generally poor acting. The husband's nonchalant reaction to the death of his pregnant wife is one of the most wooden performances I have ever seen. The pacing at the beginning dragged a bit.
Trigger warning: the opening credits of the film feature holocaust footage and other atrocity newsreels. After that it settles into a nice slow burn with a married couple (she's pregnant) on vacation at a remote island (is there any other kind?) where apparently there are no adults, only children. . . .who happen to be murderous little psychos.
Great suspense, this is a rare horror film to take place in complete sunlight (give or take a dark room). The cinematographer says in a DVD interview that they looked to The Birds and Night of the Living Dead for inspiration and I would say that that is spot on; I was thinking about NOTLD while watching parts of WCKAC.
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The horrible, tragic newsreel footage at the beginning of this movie is exploitive and possibly unnecessary, but it sure does smash you over the head and force you into an unsettled frame of mind for the movie itself.
Once you get there, Who Can Kill A Child? is a damn good horror film. A lot of the creepiness comes from its use of broad daylight. There are some things off screen or chopped up in editing, but what you see is seen clearly, virtually without shadow (take the last scene, where he's just beating kids left and right). And the reverse-abortion (thanks for that description, internet) is amazing and terrifying.
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's "¿Quién Puede Matar a un Niño?" is an exceptionally powerful horror movie. It begins with a truly disturbing sequence showing real life footage of war atrocities committed against children before segueing into the film proper and its more conventional storyline. Tom (Lewis Fiander) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) are on holiday in Spain and decide to travel to the isolated island of Almanzora to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts. They arrive to find no adults and a set of silent, glaring children playing at the quayside. Exploring the small island town they become increasingly concerned and worried. That worry soon grows into full-blown terror as they realise that the…
Caught this at a mystery screening at The Prince Charles Cinema and couldn't believe my luck. This bad boy has been on my watchlist for a considerable amount of time and I hadn't had much luck sourcing a copy.
Essentially this is Children of the Corn but set on a Spanish island. The opening credits use stock footage of world atrocities and the weight of Catholic guilt looms over the central premise, the script and performances are sketchy to say the least but despite its flaws WCKAC delivers enough tension and creepiness which perforate a couple of standout scenes.
Sadly though, the titular question is easily answered by a modern audience desensitised in the wake of multitudinous zombie and "infected" movies. I'd hazard a guess that most right minded and practical people could in fact kill this crazed, murderous little brats.
Starts out poorly, with 8 minutes of wartime atrocity footage over opening credits, then gets interesting with 20 minutes of near-documentary footage on the mainland, then gets to the main event, which is stranding our characters on an island with ... well, you can probably guess. Remarkable for its use of horror in broad daylight and for just how bleak it gets; dimly recalls PHASE IV in ways I won't spoil.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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