This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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.
I first hear of this via Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss. I am glad i got a chance to see it, as I really did enjoy the unsettling experience. It has stayed with me and has made me think about a film for a few days after. I can’t remember the last time a film has made me do that. Some of the Giallo movies and European films which Gatiss spoke of weren’t really my cup of tea, but this did surprise me, with how an unusual a horror film it was. Mostly in day light in a rather idyllic setting, you have a unsuspected and normal looking group of (homicidal) ‘children’ before you can comprehend the actions and situation and protect yourself, it may be too late.
Real slow burn til the heroic bloodshed towards the end. I would have shaved off about 30 minutes from the first hour.
According to Wikipedia, this film has a "mondo" beginning. I guess. Is showing documentary footage of starving children what amounts to mondo now?
Anyway, I liked the idea of kids sick being cannon fodder for war and rising up to take out all the adults. I did not like, however, the leads in this. A charmless English couple on a pretty clueless vacation of Spain. "Look, that's a pinata!" "You say Buenas Tardes in the afternoon, now you say Buenos Dias." Bunch of tripe.
The last 10 minutes saved the film for me. I was having a hard…
From the moment the married couple arrived on the isolated island and saw only children playing, I was reminded of JG Ballards excellent novella, Running Wild. What ensues is a gradually build-up of spookiness and the emphasis is not on showing acts of violence or gratuitous blood, but getting the mood right. It gradually just gets more and more intense. Definitely recommended!
Franco is dead, let's make an atmospheric and creepy horror film about possessed children.
Best. Piñata. Ever.
And a movie so dense with subtexts I don't even feel like addressing it.
Over the top and amazing & violently strange.
"¿Por qué, por qué lo has hecho?"
"Los chicos del Maíz" versión española.
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.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…