Who Can Kill A Child? (ultra-rare 35mm screening, 6/7)

Co-presented by Spectrevision

There are films that break taboos in order to bring society into a new, freer era — and then there are wildly entertaining films like 1976’s Who Can Kill A Child?, which busts the taboo of putting youngsters in extreme peril, gleefully providing a crimson cavalcade of murderous rugrats and tots getting whacked. It’s kindertrauma gold, as Spanish director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (The House That Screamed) brings a vacationing couple to a pleasant-looking resort island, only to have them find that all the adults on the island have been slaughtered by their bloodthirsty broods — and that the only way out is to start shooting. There’s some high-minded stuff at the beginning about cosmic retribution for the untold millions of kids killed during wartime, but really, this is a niftily crafted exploitation gem that’s out to getcha, bolstered by a raft of haunting, creepy child performances. It’s all in the eyes… Our screenings of the film come from the only known remaining Spanish 35mm print!
Dir. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, 1976, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Who Can Kill A Child?”!