By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Previously available in a very limited edition, the Mondo Macabro hi-def release of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s chilling killer-kids film WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (¿QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO?) is now set for general release this summer. Jump past the jump for the details, art and a trailer.
Mondo Macabro issues the new WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? Blu-ray July 10. First released in 1976 in Spain, and in the U.S. in heavily cut form as ISLAND OF THE DAMNED in 1978, the film stars Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros, María Luisa Arias, Marisa Porcel and Fabián Conde. The synopsis: “An English tourist couple rent 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…”
The disc features a brand new 4K transfer from the film negative and audio in both Spanish (with newly created English subtitles) and English, plus the following extras:
- Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
- Version Española documentary about the film
- Interview with director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
- Interview with cinematographer José Luis Alcaine
- Kim Newman on killer kids
- Alternate ISLAND OF DEATH title sequence
- Alternate U.S. audio dub
- Original trailer and radio spots
- Mondo Macabro previews
Retail price is $29.95.