24 April 2014

Who Can Kill a Child? (1975)
111 min.
Directed by Chicho Ibáñez-Serrador.
With Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros, María Luisa Arias, Marisa Porcel, Juan Cazalilla, Luis Ciges, Javier De La Camara.
Who can kill a child? Indeed.

An extremely effective Spanish terror flick that breaks both cultural taboos as well as traditional horror boundaries.

Englishman Tom (Fiander) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (Ransome) decide to spend some vacation time on the untravelled, remote Spanish island of Almanzora.

But once they get there, they find the isle eerily devoid of people - that is, if you don't count some groups of small children scampering around.

Then, one by one the couple begin to discover the bodies of adults brutally slain by some mysterious hand.

Seems the children of Almanzora have formed a murderous cult and killed all the adults...and if the bloody tykes have their way, tourists Tom and Evelyn will be no exception.

A captivating hybrid of Village of the Damned (1960) and Night of the Living Dead (1968), this is something altogether original: a palpable roller coaster ride of suspense and gory thrills.

Best scene: Tom uses a machine gun...to mow down a line of smiling little rugrats!

Wholly unique, this is a must see - well acted, atmospheric (thanks in part to a mesmerizing score by Waldo de los Ríos) and boasting an utterly terrific finale.

Also known as Island of the Damned.

Spanish: ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?.

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