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**This review contains spoilers**
During a vacation to Mexico, Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and his wife, Beth (Vinessa Shaw) take a boat trip to a small remote island. With Beth seven months pregnant, the happy married couple decided it was the perfect time to take a break from a busy life and two kids in the real world.
Franics and Beth wander the streets of the seemingly deserted island with no one in sight, but after a while, the couple notices groups of small children. A relaxing day in paradise turns into a hellish life or death fight for survival, when Francis and Beth realize they’re horribly outnumbered by an army of murderous and vicious children.
A pair of solid performances from Bachrach and Shaw, and the children are appropriately creepy and menacing. The other adult characters in this film don’t receive a significant amount of screen time, so it’s not fair to judge their performances.
Come Out And Play is like Turistas meets Children Of The Corn, or Turistas meets Village Of The Damned. Unfortunately, Come Out And Play is very predictable and generic. They follow a step by step process: strangers (Francis and Beth) wander into quiet town, strangers realize something is wrong, but they don’t do anything about it at first. Strangers discover horrifying secret (in this case, hordes and hordes of killer kids and the dead bodies of adults), strangers look for a way to escape, but they can’t find a clear path (in this case, the kids are blocking the path to the boat) to any forms of transportation, or every vehicle is destroyed. Strangers fight back, but they’re out numbered, so they have to outsmart the bad guys.
Come Out And Play goes through the motions for the most part, but Beth’s death is the lone “moment” here. As Beth and Francis hide in a local jail cell, Beth has a miscarriage out of nowhere, but it’s not an ordinary miscarriage. Earlier in the movie, a small girl touched and listened to Beth’s stomach. Beth believes the girl put some kind of curse on her unborn baby. The fetus attacks Beth from within, and Beth bleeds to death. Francis won’t leave his wife’s body to the children, because Francis witnessed the children carving out and playing with the decaying corpse of a woman. So Francis drenches Beth’s corpse in gasoline, and Francis burns Beth’s corpse covered in a sheet. It’s a gut wrenching scene to watch, and Bachrach did a good job of portraying a heartbroken and vengeful man full of rage, who didn’t give a damn about any consequences during the finale.
Come Out And Play has the perfect creepy and eerie atmosphere (especially during the nighttime scenes). There’s an unsettling silence throughout the island, and the sporadic laughs from the children add the necessary chilling touch. Also, as I alluded to earlier, the finale isn’t bad, and there’s a decent amount of suspense during the desperate last stand to clear a path to the boat. Still, Come Out And Play is loaded with one too many formulaic elements, and when you strip this one down to the core, you’ll just find another run-of-the-mill horror/thriller.
Bottom line, Come Out And Play is a so-so remake of Who Can Kill A Child? Going with a reluctant positive score, because I didn’t hate Come Out And Play. And if you’re the squeamish type, you should avoid this one. Come Out And Play is loaded with graphic bloody gore, and the nasty stuff reaches extreme levels as the film progresses.
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