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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, Buy it now!!!!!!!!
Spanish genre movies from the late 60' and 70's have a very good track record. (cannibal man, bell from hell, The blind dead movies) This however is the best of the lot. The plot involves a british couple on holiday in spain who decide to visit a remote island for some peace and quiet, only to find the local kids have begun killing all the adults, faced with life...
Published on 7 Sept. 2007 by Mr. K. Arts

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3.0 out of 5 stars Who Could Watch This Twice?
I had mixed feelings about this one and would recommend a viewing before investing. After the most off-putting credits in movie history (a seemingly endless montage of newsreel atrocities against children interspersed with creepy la-la kiddie chanting music) the film does a good job of creating a disturbing atmosphere - no mean feat in a sun bleached Spanish seaside town...
Published on 11 Oct. 2010 by Now Zoltan


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, Buy it now!!!!!!!!, 7 Sept. 2007
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Spanish genre movies from the late 60' and 70's have a very good track record. (cannibal man, bell from hell, The blind dead movies) This however is the best of the lot. The plot involves a british couple on holiday in spain who decide to visit a remote island for some peace and quiet, only to find the local kids have begun killing all the adults, faced with life threatening danger from the kids the couple have to ask themselves 'who can kill a child'. Interestingly this predates stephen kings children of the corn by 10 years and I wonder if king had ever caught this film.
There are many reasons to reccomend this film. It is uncut in the west for the first time, the picture quality is great, as is the sound. The film itself is very well made and very disturbing, it has a great soundtrack and excellent performances all round!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Won't Someone Please think of the Children!, 5 May 2012
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is one of those `lost classics' and has been resurrected and put back put on DVD by a number of distributors. It was also called `The Island of the Damned' and that is actually quite good as it is a sort of `Lord of the Flies' meets `The Village of the Damned', but without quite the same punch as either of those, but is still good in its own right.

The film opens with a montage of some of the then current world crisis, like the war in Thailand and the crisis in Biafra - the one thing that the news stories have in common is that it is always the children who suffer. The story then goes that an English couple are on their last holiday before their new baby is born and have decided to spend it on a quiet island four hours sail from the mainland. Fed up of the hustle and bustle of the tourist filled beaches and rousing fiestas and that whole tourist thing. So Tom (Lewis Fiander) and Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) hire a boat and set sail. On arrival they are met by some children, but the ninios are far from welcoming.

After a while they find that everyone has gone away, Tom believes it must be for a festival and so thinks nothing of it, then at the pension where they intend to stay, the phone rings. It is from a German girl begging for help and she sounds desperate- mwaahhh! Yep and then it kicks off.

This really is a great little horror film, but not horror in the slash and scream vein, it is a psychological horror that uses everyday scenarios and turns them round from being a game to being murder. Some of the kids do look genuinely scary and the main characters do a reasonable job of their roles. There has been some criticism of the way Evelyn is presented, but bear in mind this was 1976 and sexism was still pretty rampant, so it is probably quite common for the time. Also this is Spanish but Tom and Evelyn speak for the most part in English, there is a tad of German too but it is all basic stuff and all sub titled.

There is some discussion of the film La Dolce Vita, where a man kills his children to prevent them growing up in a cruel world and this sort of takes that theme and turns it on its' head. There is no real gore in this, some blood and some violence, and the sound quality is slightly below average, but that is forgivable for a film of this age. This is one of those films that will stay with you and I must say I am glad to have finally tracked it down as I remember seeing quite a lot of rubbish seventies films, so this was a real pleasant -ish surprise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muy Interesante!, 15 Dec. 2009
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R. Cowlin (London, England) - See all my reviews
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I screened this film at my University's Cult Film Society and it received a great, yet split reaction from the audience.

The film does question you on a number of levels, and also is one of the only films that truly emphasises the classical meaning of horror, that of loss. In this case a loss of innocence and self control.

The film is definitely worth buying if you're interested in exploring the question of the title, essentially it asks the viewer: could YOU kill a child if the situation depended on it? In our case many decided that they would kill the children in order to save themselves and their family.

We watched the Spanish language version with the English subs because the film was initially released in Spain and we wanted to experience it in its original form. However the two leading characters' lines were recorded in English and then dubbed into Spanish, therefore the majority of the film was originally filmed in English. I recommend watching both the Spanish and English dubs (both included on the disc) in order to get a more rounded feel for the movie, as at some times the English subtitles made the film seem more like a novel and as a result the completely English audience may not have felt the same emotion for the characters as they would have had an English audio track been playing. Also the subtitles change a tad too quickly before you can read them all on some occasions.

A number of reviews have criticised the slow pace of the film. This film pre-dates the fast-paced norms that Western audiences got used to during the slasher boom of the 1980s.
Essentially the interview with the film's cameraman (one of the disc's special features) says it all; they weren't trying to make a horror film but a psychological thriller, and they certainly succeeded.
The film is not boring, however it does take a good 30 minutes or so to get going, but if anything this heightens the shock-value of the final 2/3 of the film.

The extra features are fairly interesting though not particularly vast. It would have been nice to see a documentary or perhaps an analysis of the film by a scholar, comparing it to other films of its time, but what with Who Can Kill A Child being a fairly obscure film I doubt anyone of any notoriety would be interested, despite it's interesting subject matter and being an all around good film. To be honest, I was surprised that Dark Sky managed to interview two of the films key creators, so good on them for the effort.

Overall I didn't give the product 5 stars because of the few quibbles I had with the disc with regards to presentation/etc, however the movie itself is a good 7.5/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Creepy Horror Drama!, 15 April 2014
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In 1975, Spanish film-maker Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, wrote, directed and released one of the most criminally underrated horror dramas I've ever seen. Originally entitled ¿QUIEN PUEDE MATAR A UN NINO?, it has become more famously known as TRAPPED, ISLAND OF THE DAMNED and/or DEATH IS CHILD'S PLAY, amongst many, many others. Released a couple of years ago, here in the United Kingdom, but under the more appropriate translation of WHO CAN KILL A CHILD, courtesy of Eureka Video, this is a hugely chilling and subtle horror DVD that will truly terrify the audience, like no other movie. Not since I saw the Japanese horror movie RINGU, back in 1998, have I been this chilled - and I say that as a good thing!

Set in the fictional town of Benevis, Spain, an English couple, Tom (Lewis Fiander) and Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) go on holiday, for some rest and relaxation, whilst awaiting the birth of their third child. Upon arrival, a noisy festival is in full-swing, so the couple head over, by boat, to the (fictitious) island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast, where a more taciturn environment awaits them.

Upon arrival, they are unable to find accommodation, and are directed to a small, coastal villa. When they get there, they are "met" by some local (but very reserved) youngsters, who help them secure their boat. Once on the island, Tom and Evelyn soon discover that the unnatural silence that surrounds them, is anything but quaint and relaxing, and it slowly dawns on them, when they arrive at the villa, that nothing and no one are who they seem. In complete silence, the most angelic of beings will prove their most terrifying of nightmares!

Simply put, the less you know about this movie, the more terrifying it will be for you, and I loved every exquisite moment of this grim opus. Viewers of a nervous disposition, should be warned that the film's opening seven-minute-long sequence deals with real life death, and as such, features graphic and distressing footage of children - living and dead - from several wartime atrocities. Even some of the strongest of stomachs amongst you, may find scenes featuring children with limbs missing, with amputations, war wounds and chemical burns extremely disturbing. And, so you should.

As such, it's a startling, and horribly brutal opening to a film. One of the nastiest and bleakest seven minutes I've seen in ages. But there is a reason for its inclusion. The narration explains this, when it says that the worst casualty of war, is always the child. It is this salvo, that the following 100 minutes expands upon and draws you into. Should you wish too, you can skip it, if you prefer, as it will not affect the film too detrimentally, though I would recommend you sit through it, if at all possible. It's inclusion is a necessary reminder that everyday horror is just a plane ride away, happening in every nation, around the globe!

This is a real cinematic gem, that any intelligent horror fan should have in their collections! A fantastically creepy flick, that will shred your nerves apart, and leave you completely shell-shocked! Buy this film, freak yourself out, and discover a film like no other!

Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but disturbing., 16 Mar. 2014
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Recently saw this on the big screen with an audience and thought it brilliant. An uneasy start with that montage of children in war footage and you could imagine a few people deciding to switch off then and there, but don't.
We move to a superb story in a bright Spanish setting and the uneasy terrors begin. Where are the adults? What would you do in the same situation? stay tuned to find out.

Great acting from the two leads, the heat and the tension you can cut with a knife. Could easily have been a cheap, tacky half baked slasher attempt but is actually a very well made, intelligent and engrossing 'horror' movie.

seek out this dvd, it will stay with you for a very long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disturbing cult Spanish horror, 8 Aug. 2013
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Bit of a hidden gem this - directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, the 1976 Spanish movie tells the story of a holidaying British couple who uncover a nightmarish situation on a remote island, and are forced to reassess their core values and beliefs in the face of what they are witnessing.

Opening with a grim black and white pathe news style montage of various wars and their effects on children, the film then switches to a packed Mediterranean beach at the height of summer, and immediately throws a curveball with the vision of a mutilated female corpse floating into shore. This horror is replaced by our first view of the young couple; happy and relaxed as they begin their final vacation before their new baby is born, the pair has no idea of the terror and violence that awaits them...

Although this is rated 18, it pales into significance with today's horror movies, and the levels of gore are actually pretty restrained. The way in which it achieves its effects however, is far more subtle, and Serrador's creation of a sense of creeping dread is perfectly executed; more than compensating for the dated acting styles (the wife is particularly one-dimensional and hugely reliant on her husband from start to finish) and basic cinematography. Australian actor Lewis Fiander is excellent as the tormented husband, forced to accept a reality he simply cannot comprehend, and the demonic children make for a highly effective and disturbing ensemble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly creepy and very exciting, 19 April 2012
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I had to watch this in the daytime. Great tension, lovely cinematography, terrific story. I was afraid it might be too gory for me but I was pleased that it was more suspense and clever twists. The beginning is very disturbing indeed, then bright sunshine and an idyllic island in Spain until...... A real treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Euro thilller thats a killer., 10 Nov. 2014
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Brilliant Euro thriller that really does deliver on the shocks and isn't over the top with being explicit. was this rare gem of a horror movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Oct. 2014
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Excellent film and excellent service
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Nov. 2014
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Perfect. Thank you very much!!!
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