Tom and his pregnant wife Evelyn are on vacation in Spain. While they are enjoying themselves, they find the mainland to be far too chaotic, deciding instead to go to the remote island of Almanzora in an attempt to escape the over-abundance of tourists. When they arrive on the island they find it to be almost completely uninhabited except for small children. After they get settled, Tom and Evelyn quickly realize that the children are responsible for the lack of inhabitants. Another film which I should have seen ages ago, Narciso Ibanez Serrador's Who Can Kill A Child is sadistically fun horror film that takes its time building the atmosphere surrounding a group of psychopathic children. Who Can Kill A Child? rdoesn't rush into things, letting the viewer soak in the setting, slowly building this overwhelming sense of dread. With a subject matter such as "Killer Children" many may write this film off as mere exploitation or silliness but the film is actually a serious-minded film with a message. The film opens with stock footage of various tragedies across humanity with narration focusing on how these tragedies left many innocent children dead. This is a common theme throughout the film, as the tourists see footage of another tragedy at the children's expense. The children are basically a symbol of innocence, with Serrador making a point about how innocence lost may be the most terrifying thing going on in the world. It is never clearly defined but the film makes an argument that these children are simply protected themselves from the harshness of the world. Maybe I'm giving the film a little too much credit but it certainly was effective for me. Who Can Kill a Child is well photographed and features a great, creepy soundtrack but what stood out to me is how the director never forgets that these killers are children. Throughout the film he makes a point to show how hard it actually would be to kill a child whether in self-defense or not, really playing against perceptions. Who Can Kill A Child? is a lot of un and a film that surely deserves its praise.
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