Come Out and Play (2012)

come-out-and-playHorror movies about killer kids are nothing new- think Village of the Damned, Children of the Corn, Pet Sematary, The Omen, Bloody Birthday, The Children, Orphan, Here Comes the Devil, etc. Initially, I did not have high hopes for this film due to the low rating on IMDb, but I was pleasantly surprised. It starts out slow, but really picks up in the second half. After viewing, I did some digging and discovered that it is a remake of a movie called Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), a name that I much prefer.

come out and play movieIt begins with a couple, Francis and pregnant Beth, on a tropical vacation. They rent a small boat to explore a quiet island where they are greeted by a gaggle of little kids helping them off the boat. To their surprise, it seems like everyone has up and left the island and they are alone, besides the kids they saw earlier. They find the island odd, but peaceful, until they finally cross paths with an adult, but not long enough to ask questions before a gang of children beat and stab the old man to death. When it dawns on Beth and Francis why there are no adults on the island, they must run for their lives, which you can imagine is near impossible for pregnant Beth, so they fight back, but “who can kill a child”?

Come-Out-and-Play-2012The actors make these outlandish actions seem plausible with their convincing performances. It is actually quite surprising how many child deaths they show- all bloody, shocking, and nasty. These scenes are not senseless though. The anguish future mother Beth feels when she witnesses her husband killing a young boy is heartbreaking and brutal. The only thing that bothers me about the plot is the fact that information is never divulged as to WHY these kids have turned into feral, mindless murderers. I can brush this flaw aside though because the ending is CREEPY AS F***K! The end is unexpected and so worth the wait.

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