I made a promise to myself over the weekend. I will see how well it holds up, since I am really bad at keeping them. If I promise someone else then I actually will do whatever it is I promised. When I promise something to myself though, I end up not doing it at all. I did better than I thought I would this month, even if my post numbers don't show it. I ended up reviewing almost as many films over at Top Horror Movies Club this month. Still, I feel like I let myself down only having eleven posts here this month. So I promised myself I would do better this month, starting with a week full of reviews. For today I watched Who Can Kill A Child? (1976). As you might guess from the title, and the poster, I was ready to watch some kids being killed!
Tom (Lewis Fiander) and his wife Evelyn (Prunella Ransome) are on vacation somewhere in Spain. Tom wants to visit an island off the coast that he had visited years before. After spending the night on the main land, and watching the town's fireworks show, they manage to rent a boat to the island. As they reach the dock on the island, a group of kids help them secure the boat. Tom and Evelyn, who happens to be pregnant, begin to look for a place to stay. As they walk through the small town though, they notice that they can't find anyone. Outside of the children at the dock, they haven't seen anyone else. The come across an ice cream cart, but again, no one is around. They decide to help themselves to the ice cream, and discovered it melted. At the bar they can't find anyone there either. The TV is still on, a chicken is still roasting away, but where is everyone? While Tom goes to a little shop that he remembers, Evelyn stays at the bar. A young girl comes in, and is interested in Evelyn being pregnant. She feels Evelyn's belly, and listens to the baby, but never says a word. Eventually, she just wanders off again. Tom and Evelyn still haven't figure out what is going on yet, when they finally find an older man using a cane. Before they can talk to him though, another young girl comes up to the man. She takes his cane away from him, and begins to beat the man with it. Will Tom and Evelyn be next?
Who Can Kill A Child? has a slew of alternate names: Who Could Harm A Child, Could You Kill A Child, Island Of The Damned, and Island Of The Dead, to name a few. The film opens with a guy talking to us about how adults are the main cause of children being killed. It shows real footage from World War 2, the Korean War, and Vietnam. It is basically telling us that through the actions of adults, mainly wars, it is the children that suffer the most. A lot of people have trouble watching this part of the film, since it is real footage. But the film itself never reaches this type of suffering. It takes a while before much of anything happens in this film. It is a slow burn up until the last half hour or so. It wasn't until Tom and Evelyn were having a lot of trouble finding anyone that I noticed how slow the plot was moving along. This section seemed to go on for a very long time. This was the biggest problem for some people, but for me it was the main characters. They are just so stupid in this movie. Tom discovers some things that should have caused him to look for a weapon, but he never does. Evelyn watches as a child beats an older man, and then sees at least one dead body, but she still can't seem to connect the dots. I know it is an odd situation, and they are children. But at least find something to defend yourself with. I was also having a problem with Tom running off all the time, while leaving his wife behind. Don't worry about your wife there Tommy boy. She will figure out her life is in danger, when someone stabs her in the back while you are gone. Thanks for nothing there Tom.
Not really a lot of effects to be found here. Some great bullet holes are to be found though. Not because of how they look, but because of who they appear in. Some blood to be found, but it is the kind that I hate from movies in the 1970s. Bright red and looks more like paste than blood. The acting was good, even if I didn't like the main characters. I can't blame the actors for how stupid the script makes them. I have to give a lot of credit to the kids in the film though. I didn't really think much of their acting, until towards the end of the film. At this point I was really surprised by their reactions they have on film. Some good stuff there.
Who Can Kill A Child? is filmed in both English and Spanish. Before the movie started, it wanted to know if I wanted English subtitles, or Spanish with English subtitles. I was a little confused by this. I picked the first option, thinking it meant English dubbing. When it got to parts where people were speaking Spanish though, they were speaking in Spanish with English subtitles at the bottom. So I'm still confused as to why there were two options for the same thing. Anyway, check out the extras on the disk, because there are two interviews that are both fairly informative. Even though Who Can Kill A Child? starts off slowly, I was still surprised when I noticed that 45 minutes had already gone by. It drags a little bit in the middle, but makes up for it by the end of the film. It does manage to be shocking in some ways. Tom does manage to find the answer to the question in his own personal way. Since I have included this film in my 9 Killing Children Films category, it shouldn't be much of a spoiler if you are wonder if any kids are in fact killed. This isn't what shocked me though, since I knew this going in. But it was a scene where some boys are seemingly undressing a woman that was killed, that shocked me most. I bet that will never show up in an American film. Why the kids have suddenly decided to kill adults is not completely explained, and how they are recruited is equally bizarre. With the film dragging a little too much, and the very stupid main characters, I enjoyed the film, but didn't love it. The ending helps in a big way in my reaction. Worth a watch, but I'm not sure I would sit through it again anytime soon.
3 out of 5 Give me that gun! I will show the kids how serious I am.
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