COME OUT AND PLAY (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Daniel Giménez Cacho
What's it about
A couple encounter some very, very naughty children during an island getaway.
Is it good movie?
"Well, that escalated quickly."
That was pretty much my thought process throughout the entirety of this film. While on vacation in Mexico, Francis and 7-months pregnant Beth rent a small boat and abscond to a little island hideaway. They get a little more rest and relaxation than they were looking for, as the place seems to be deserted. Except for the children. The children that don't speak, just either insanely giggle or stare at the couple menacingly. Until Francis witnesses them doing unspeakable things to errant island inhabitants.
And I do mean unspeakable. Like, wow. And then the steps that Francis is forced to take to protect himself and his wife and unborn child, once the children target them, are equally horrible. I wasn't joking when I said it escalates quickly. There is minimal plot and less character development, and even at a tight 90 minutes there's not much action. What there is a lot of is tension, and creeping dread. The use of music in creating those feelings is really effective. I was thinking to myself how the film seemed to recall older, European horror films that were similarly more about feel than story.
The more astute of you will already have figured out that that last point has a lot to do with this being a remake of 1976 Spanish film WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? I have not seen that film, so I can't say whether COME OUT AND PLAY is faithful, disrespectful, innovative, or rehashed. But on it's own merits I quite enjoyed it. I found it well-acted, well-directed, with a great, creepy score and lots of tension. Either way, I think it's worth your time to find out. I also liked the fact that while there are intimations, there is no pat summation at the end of the film. Yay for mystery.
Video / Audio
Video: I'm assuming 1080p, though it's not stated anywhere in the materials.
Audio: DTS HD 5.1 Surround, with optional English SDH subtitles.
Deleted/Extended Scenes: This is a pretty lean film, so I was surprised to only see three minutes worth of footage in this feature, and that really nothing but trimmings.
EPK: This is a typical EPK, consisting of footage of the film and BTS scenes cut with interviews with the two stars, Vinessa Shaw and a Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who looks like he wants to be anywhere the hell else in the world.
Making of: This six-minute piece appears to exist solely to show how the children were dealt with, in terms of action and special effects, so you can see how they were no endangered or mistreated at all. Which I found pretty adorable. There are lots of shots of the children playing and laughing between takes.
And lastly there is the film's trailer, for those of you into that sort of thing.
Having never seen WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?, from which this film is remade, I can only take COME OUT AND PLAY on its own merits: I quite liked it. I found it to be well-made, tense and disturbing, with a great sense of score as an extra character. It's a series of escalations from disquieting to creepy to shocking. If you're familiar with the source material you may feel differently.