- Actors: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome
- Directors: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Eureka
- DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
- Run Time: 112 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004WDZRQS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Who Can Kill a Child?
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A classic slice of Spanish horror, Who Can Kill A Child? is one of the most unsettling and infamous Eurocult items of the 1970s. When an English couple holidaying in Spain travel to a small, apparently deserted island, soon the hideous truth reveals itself: all the adults have been killed by the child population, and are far from finished with their systematic slaughter. With its sun-bleached photography, dread-filled atmosphere and shocking imagery, Who Can Kill A Child? (¿Quién Puede Matar a un Niño? aka Trapped, Death is Child's Play, Island of Death, Would You Kill A Child? and Island of the Damned) has become one of the most talked-about but little-seen shockers of perhaps cinematic horror's finest decade. This critically acclaimed 1970s horror and precursor to films such as Children of the Corn (1984) and The Children (2008), is available on DVD from the 23 May 2011 for the very first time in the UK in its original uncut version.
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The film opens with documentary war footage, WW2, Biafra, Vietnam and concentration camp films and the effects on children but I thought this was not really necessary to the plot. Horror film fans will probably recognise elements from previous horror films but my favourite scene comes near the end when - I won't spoil it for you but who can kill a child indeed? This review is for the Region 1 DVD which is uncut and runs for 112 minutes. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Audio is English, Spanish and English subtitles. It also contains a photo gallery and interviews with the director and cinematographer.
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!
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.
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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