31 Days of Horror: Who Can Kill a Child?

31 Days of Horror

Who Can Kill a Child? [¿Quién Puede Matar a un Niño?] (1976)

Synopsis: The story follows an English couple on holiday in Spain. Tom wants to show his wife Evelyn an island called Almanzora that he visited as a child. When they arrive, they find that the entire island is filled with eerie children and without a single adult.

Killer Scene: Trying to find even a single adult on the island, Tom sees an old man getting beat to death, by a little girl, with his own cane in an alley. Tom follows the little girl only to see the town’s children playing with another old man. The way they are playing though, is that they have the man hanging like a piñata while they swing a sickle at him.


Violence: Like many 70’s films, this one starts slow and builds to a tense and creepy crescendo. There isn’t alot of violence or killing, but the entire film stinks of death.The body count is somewhere near a half dozen, and these are all creepy kills performed by children.

Sex: As far as horror films go, this one is completely a dud in the T&A department. Would you really want sex scenes on an island filled with children? Weirdo. There is a small hint of nudity, but nothing in a sexual manner.

Scares: This is more of an unsettling film than a scary one. If you ever were creeped out by Children of the Corn, then this is the film that certainly inspired the concept. Quiet kids have always creeped me out, and when they start yelling red-rum or start killing old men like a piñata …I’m am plenty freaked. This is more of a film that is meant to haunt you, as apposed to scary thrills.

Final Thoughts: This film was never released on DVD in America until very recently. This is very possibly due to the film’s disturbing nature. The film makes a pretty bold statement in how children are always overlooked when speaking about the victims of wars and plagues. Maybe we should be a bit nicer to our children, or they might revolt and kill us all.

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