¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (1976)

Spain,
90m
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
mono, Spanish
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A Spanish horror film directed by Narcisco Ibánez Serrador.

Plot Summary

An English couple on holiday in Spain rent a boat and head for the island of Almanzora. There, they find that there are no adults, just lots of who refuse to speak to them. It soon becomes clear that the children have murdered the adults and as they turn on the couple, they are forced to answer a terrible question – would you kill a child?

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Narcisco Ibánez Serrador
Depósito Legal No M-41015-1975
A Penta Films, S.L. production
Executive Producer: Manuel Salvador
Written for the screen by Luis Penafiel
Based on the novel El Juego by Juan José Plans
Director of Photography: José Luis Alcaine
Editors: Juan Serra and Antonio Ramirez de Loaysa
Music: Waldo de los Ríos
Sound Recordist: Sebastian Cabezas
Wardrobe Mistress: Carmen de la Casa
Make-up Artist: Fernando Florido
Special Effects: Juan Antonio Balandin
Art Director: Ramiro Gómez

Cast
Lewis Fiander (Tom)
Prunella Ransome (Evelyn)
Antonio Ranzo
Miguel Narros
Ma Luisa Arias
Luis Ciges (postman)
Marisa Porcel
Juan Cazalilla
Luis Ciges
Antonio Canal
Aparicio Rivero
Fabian Conde
Andrés Gomez
Maria Druille
Lourdes De La Cámara
Roberto Nauta
José Luis Romero
Javier de la Camara
Marián Salgado
Cristina Torres
Luis Mateos
Adela Blanco
Juan Carlos Romero
Julio Jesús Parra
Carlos Parra
Juan Antonio Balandín
Pedro Balandín

Alternative Titles

Death Is Child's Play
Island of Death
Island of the Damned
– USA
The Killer's Playground
Who Can Kill a Child?
– international English language title
Would You Kill a Child? – UK

Remake
Come Out and Play (2011)

See also
The Children (2008)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.8 no.1 (Winter 1978) p.18
  • Cineinforme no.247 (May 1976) p.13
  • Dirigido Por… no.32 (April 1976) p.32-33
  • Fangoria no.264 (June 2007) p.70 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: DVD of the month by Michael Gingold)
  • Films and Filming vol.23 no.11 (August 1977) p.32-33
  • Image et Son no.315 (March 1977) p.107-109
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.521 (June 1977) p.127-128 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no.538 (November 1978) p.230 – note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.46 no.545 (June 1979) p.138 – note (Corrigenda)
  • Screen International no.89 28 (May 1977) p.17
  • Shivers no.135 (November 2007) p.98 – illustrated article (Fright of your life – by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Variety 5 May 1976 p.22
  • Variety 14 June 1978 p.21

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.134-135
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.314-315 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.307
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.317
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.332-34, 343
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.314
  • Film Review 1978-79 by F. Maurice Speed p.144
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.192, 194
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.440
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck p.272
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.113-118 – illustrated essay
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.302-303 – illustrated review (by Tim Mitchell)

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide October-November 2017 p.62 – illustrated listing