Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bald Mountain Night 16: Who Can Kill a Child?

Each day in October, intrepid blogger Alex Boivin will watch a horror movie. These movies are all new to him and are part of his month-long effort to fill in his gaps in the horror canon. If he doesn't die from fright, you just might get to read about about his exploits in cinema during the Halloween season. 

Kids are creepy. There's no two ways about it. There's got to be some sort of psychological explanation for why we as a species find our own young so damn horrifying. I'm not sure whether its some Freudian thing rooted in our primitive origins or something about aging but whatever it is, movies like Who Can Kill a Child? don't help the situation.

Tom and Evelyn are a nice English couple with two children and another on the way. The two of them decide to take a holiday in Andalusia, specifically the island of Almanzora, where Tom vacationed as a young man. They arrive on the island to find it suspiciously devoid of adults, but full of murderous children. The end result begs for a sequel entitled "Who WOULDN'T Kill a Child?".

The film opens with a graphic series of film clips describing the worst atrocities of the Twentieth Century (the Holocaust, First Indo-Pakistani War, Vietnam, Nigerian Civil War) and in particular the astonishing toll they take on children (apparently more than half of all deaths were children). Who Can Kill a Child? essentially poses the question what if the kids simply had enough and fought back? The results however, are less "Hey, Teacher! Leave them kids alone!" and more Children of the Corn.

But was it scary? The terror visited upon the holidayers is a pulls-no-punches affair: brutal and horrifying. The historical footage of the film's prologue is the worst, however. No matter how good a filmmaker you are, nothing is as scary as the real thing.

Final Verdict: 54 Congos