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Rated R · 111 minutes · 1976

Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A vacationing married couple (Lewis Flander, Prunella Ransome) arrive on a tiny island in the Mediterranean and discover that, except for the little ragamuffins running around, the town is deserted. Before long they discover why: the children have gone mad and murdered every adult they can get their hands on. Released in 1976, this Spanish shocker is a fine addition to the "wicked child" subgenre that also includes The Bad Seed (1956), Village of the Damned (1960), The Omen (1976), and Children of the Corn (1984). Brace yourself, however, for the unbelievably tasteless opening credits, an eight-minute montage of horrific archival footage that surveys the liberation of Auschwitz, the famine in Bangladesh, and the U.S. napalm bombing of South Vietnam. Millions of children the world over die at the hands of adults, director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador notes, so why shouldn't the little tykes get even?
Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Producer: Manuel Salvador
Cast: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros, María Arias, Marisa Porcel, Juan Cazalilla, Luis Ciges, Antonio Canal, Aparicio Rivero, Fabián Conde and Andrès Gomez

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