WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Narcisco Ibanez Serrador
Lourdes de la Camara
What's it about
A couple vacation to a remote island which is running rampant with murderous children.
Is it good movie?
Whoa, this one is quite a doozy.
Upon reading the amaray case, I was pretty sure that this film was going to end up being a relic that was controversial when it was released, but fairly tame now by comparison. I was wrong.
Who Can Kill A Child ? sets a serious pace nearly as soon as you slide it into your player; the film opens with a terrifying and haunting newsreel which shows various atrocities which have been committed against children throughout the years. This stuff is hard to watch, and although the film doesn't reach that level of discomfort again, this is a perfect way to set the tone.
Don't get me wrong though- this movie is intense. I really think that the main idea of Who Can Kill A Child ? is fantastic, and one that is daring, especially considering the age of this film. In the tradition of films at the time, this one takes a truly horrible idea- if you were faced with it, would you be able to kill a child to save your own life?
The plot in this film is really nothing to write home about. It is incredibly simple, and thin. The couple, Tom and Evelyn, go to the island. There's nothing but kids there. The kids are creepy, and always smiling. Evelyn is pregnant, and discusses this with one of the children from the island. Soon enough, the two discover the the children are killing many of the inhabitants of the island, and true terror ensues.
I thought that many of the death scenes were unsettling, and conveyed their purpose well. I also thought that the film's ending was perfect and conveyed the intent of the film quite well. I'm glad they didn't shy away from a serious ending.
If I had to complain about this one, I'd have to say that the acting is pretty lame. The leads are okay, but the children..well, they're children. It's not that they're terrible, but they often seem a little less than genuine. That being said though, the film is still more than watchable, and still quite shocking.
Video / Audio
Video comes in the form of 1:85:1 widescreen, and although it's not perfect, it is excellent looking, considering.
Audio comes in the form of Dolby 5.1 or Mono, and you'll find both the English and Spanish options here.
We get the Who Could Shoot a Child Featurette with the cinematorgrapher Josť Luis Alcaine, which runs about 15 minutes long. This was pretty interesting, hearing how much trouble it was to be shooting in various locations, to make them look like one.
There's also the Child Director featurette with director Narcisco Serrador, which was also pretty good. He admits to poor casting choices, as well as the fact that the film really looked nothing like the screenplay, or the novel written afterwards.
You'll also find a still gallery, and a few trailers too.
It's nice to see a film that's been washed out and diluted over the years in various cuts be restored on DVD. This one is certainly worth watching, despite being a little dated. A great piece of retro-foreign-cult cinema.