Horror Movies For October #23

Today we travel to Spain for Narciso Ibáñez Serrador‘s controversial 1976 masterpiece “Who Can Kill A Child“.  A vacationing, and very pregnant, couple vacation on a remote island where they find children. And no adults. Or adults who are alive anyway. Mostly.
Because the children are killing them. And these aren’t your creepy “Village of the Damned” or “Children of the Corn” kids. They look pretty normal, playing – ahem – outside in the bright sunshine. Which makes the film all that more unsettling. The couple has to decide, kill or be killed. This is a perfect example of horror being used as a metaphor to make a larger sociopolitical statement. The film opens with a montage of actual documentary footage of the atrocities that children suffer through war, famine and poverty. With a very much indifferent adult population looking on. Or worse, actively participating in these atrocities.  Perhaps those standing at our southern border holding signs that say, “Not our kids, not our problem“, shouldn’t hold that sign too close to these kids.

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One Response to Horror Movies For October #23

  1. thelid53@comcast.net says:

    Peace Skip,

    Thank you.

    Your post of “Who Can Kill A Child?” is the first I’ve heard of this film.

    Serial/Mass Senicide is a premise rarely explored cinematically or otherwise, especially when the malefactors are children.

    Ugly as the subject matter is, I’m curious about the ending of this story and the cause of this group of children’s animus toward adults.

    Cordially,

    Che!

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