Friday, October 11, 2013

Who Can Kill A Child (1976)(Minor Spoilers Review)

An important message, if you're looking for the minor and full spoiler reviews for the remake to this film, both reviews for Come Out And Play are right above this review for your convenience. 

**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no major secrets or plot twists**

Two English tourists unknowingly wander into an island full of murderous children during their vacation. Tom (Lewis Fiander) and his pregnant wife, Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) are forced into a deadly fight for survival, as they try to outrun the relentless attacks from the children.

Fiander and Ransome deliver a pair of believable performances, as the distraught and panicked couple stuck in an isolated death trap. The kids are menacing and creepy, and the seemingly innocent smiles were a nice touch  as a cover up for their true identities as playful and cold-blooded killers.

Who Can Kill A Child? benefits from some raw and unapologetic social commentary. The movie opens with a hard to watch intro featuring documentary footage of children devastated by poverty, war, and famine. And during the early stages of the movie, a clerk at a convenience store alludes to the tragedies involving children caught in the cross fire during the Vietnam War. After the first ten minutes of the movie, you’ll be able to understand the unbearable dilemma the main characters face, as they struggle to answer the title’s question.

The gory stuff is kept to a “barely noticeable” minimum here, you won’t see an overflow of blood, and Who Can Kill A Child? doesn’t rely on a lot of bloody gruesomeness to disgust the audience. Plus, director Narciso Ibanez Serrador creates the perfect eerie and unsettling atmosphere for Who Can Kill A Child? This one is full of some good chilling and creepy moments, and Who Can Kill A Child? is one of those films that’s hard to forget about after you’re done with it.

Rating: 8/10

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