zondag, 26 augustus
We welcome our favorite film programmer to the Vondelbunker for another edition of the Atomic Cafe Cinema with a free screening Who Can Kill a Child? This sun-drenched Spanish horror classic is the perfect palate cleanser after the roasting temperatures we recently endured and will make you think twice about baby-makin’, let alone raising some spawn of your own…
WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?
(¿Quién puede matar a un niño?) 1976
Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Another great little film, which instead of being re-introduced into the cinemas as the masterpiece it is, was re-made. What about the charm of discovering a small gem from the past rather than everything being re-made? In any case, we will be having a wonderful screening of this riveting Spanish thriller which is a thousand times better than its North-American copy.
Chicho Ibáñez Serrador is the director who all modern Spanish horror filmmakers reference…. his impact was phenomenal within Spain, but he is virtually unknown outside his home country. This is an eerie little film about a young British couple who are traveling through Spain and find themselves on a remote island. Once there, they can’t find a soul in the village, until they hear the mysterious laughter of children. Narciso Ibáñez is a brilliant director that really knows how to concoct an original story with craftsmanship and delivers a very twisted and subtle horror film…..and in this case without all the trappings of shadows and darkness, but rather setting everything in a bright sun-bleached landscape. This film is one of the strangest and most infamous eurocult films of the 70s. And I should point out that we will be screening the rare uncut version of this Spanish cult treasure.
One viewer’s reaction:
“One of the best horror films you’ll ever see in your entire lifetime. A brilliant and inventive film. It’s possible that Stephen King was inspired by this gem to write Children of the Corn. Who Can Kill a Child? is an astonishing film, and the last reel will give you a deep trauma that will haunt you for years. One billion thumbs up.”
This will be a high-definition transfer. It’s a free screening but donations are always more than welcome! Make sure to be on time for a good seat.