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New trailer, theatrical poster for Makinov's Come Out and Play

Feb. 13, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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Available now on VOD and hitting theaters March 22, Belarus-born filmmaker Makinov's COME OUT AND PLAY, a remake of the chilling 1976 Spanish horror film WHO CAN KILL A CHILD, has just unveiled its new theatrical poster and trailer, and we have both of them for ya below.

In COME OUT AND PLAY, Beth (Vinessa Shaw, 3:10 TO YUMA) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, DAMAGES), a happy young couple expecting their first child, have come to Mexico for a romantic getaway. Francis insists on venturing by boat to a more serene locale, Beth hesitantly agrees. As they dock on a sun-kissed beach where children are playing and giggling, everything seems perfect at first. But as they wander the strangely empty streets, an atmosphere of unease sets in: an abandoned hotel, a distress call that repeatedly echoes from a radio set, the sense of being watched…the sound of children's laughter drifting through the streets, but no adults in sight. When Francis witnesses the violent death of an old man (Daniel Giménez Cacho, BAD EDUCATION) at the hands of a smiling little girl, a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival. Francis must protect his very pregnant wife from a pack of murderous children and get the couple off the island alive.

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7:00AM on 02/13/2013
The creepy kid sub-genre does nothing for me. So, Come Out and Play is a skip-it. However, creepy kids are becoming a quickly overused plot device in horror: all four PA movies, The Possession, Mama, and a bunch of shitty movies that I skipped and that I can't remember at the moment. A person has to wonder "Why?" America is producing fewer and fewer children. So, these movies might appeal to many people's dislike and fear of kids. Also, America is recognizing increasingly that recent parenting
The creepy kid sub-genre does nothing for me. So, Come Out and Play is a skip-it. However, creepy kids are becoming a quickly overused plot device in horror: all four PA movies, The Possession, Mama, and a bunch of shitty movies that I skipped and that I can't remember at the moment. A person has to wonder "Why?" America is producing fewer and fewer children. So, these movies might appeal to many people's dislike and fear of kids. Also, America is recognizing increasingly that recent parenting methods can create dysfunctional little monsters. Just look at the growing trend of banning kids from restaurants and other public places. Just look at the educational discourse concerning a generation of kids used to no criticism, no discipline, and instant gratification. Why does America want to suddenly see kids as little monsters? According to David Skal and others, the horror genre often addresses a generation's fears (e.g. King Kong represents the Great Depression in the '30s, mutant creatures represent the new atomic age in the '50s, '80s vampires represent the sudden fear of AIDS in the '80s). A person has to wonder why scary kids are suddenly an in-thing in Hollywood. Perhaps, I overanalyze though. Perhaps, Hollywood beancounters saw the yearly figures from PA and then decided to hijack the creative process.
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10:46AM on 02/13/2013
I always enjoy reading your comments on the articles here. I don't think you overanalyze at all...you have a unique and very thought provoking take on the stories behind the films...the 'social relevance' of what/how/why these films are effective. Hell, my own kids scare me!
I always enjoy reading your comments on the articles here. I don't think you overanalyze at all...you have a unique and very thought provoking take on the stories behind the films...the 'social relevance' of what/how/why these films are effective. Hell, my own kids scare me!

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