Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) (Blu-ray Review)

Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Starring: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mondo Macabro

An English tourist couple rents a boat to visit the island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the island apparently empty of adults. There are only children, who don’t speak but just stare at the strangers with eerie smiles on their faces. The English couple soon discovers that all the island’s children have been possessed by a mysterious force, a kind of madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can’t defend themselves because, of course, nobody can kill a child…

Who Can Kill a Child (also known as Island of Death) asks a very important question of, well, who can kill a child? The answer to that should be anyone if you ever end up in the situation this movie puts our characters in, but that’s not the question I asked while watching it. I was asking, who can hurry this one’s plot along? Yes, the movie has a weird vibe to it that is interesting enough but it takes a bit to get to any good stuff. And that all comes after a longer than it should be intro with real footage of terrible things done to children. As if the alternate name for this one didn’t give it away, our leads end up on an island with a lot of evil kids that now want to kill them. They have to try to fight back the fact these kids are actually kids and do something in order to survive. It’s a cool sounding plot, it just needed to be a bit better paced.

Mondo Macabro as always releases a nice disc for this one and up until this point, the old Dark Sky DVD was the best version you can get. The movie is a bit flawed by being a little too hesitant in some areas and bad characters but it still might be worth a watch for the crazy plot idea regardless, especially if you like stuff like The Children, which might actually be a better killer kids movie. This one does look nice, however, and comes with three versions of the film. One of those cuts is the Island of Death cut. Some reviewers like this one more than me, so you might want to give it a watch regardless, but if you are a loyal reader of this site and know the stuff I tend to like, I want to point out that this really isn’t my kind of movie.

Extras

– Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
– Version Española documentary about the film
– Interview with cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine
– Interview with director Narciso Ibanez Serrador
– Kim Newman on Killer Kids
– Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
– Alternate “Island of Death” title sequence
– English/Spanish audio choice
– Alternate US audio dub
– Original trailer and radio spots
– Newly created English subtitles
– Mondo Macabro previews

Quality of Transfer: 91%