In 1976, a Spanish director named Narciso Serrador made a movie called Who Can Kill A Child?, but with the words in Spanish. It opens with ten minutes of newsreel footage about the atrocities visited on children in the 20th century, from the Holocaust, to starvation in Africa, to the then ongoing conflicts in Southeast Asia. ‘What the heck kind of movie is this?,’ you might wonder. Then the movie proper starts and you’re watching a moody mystery/horror thriller about an English couple vacationing in Spain who happens upon a mysteriously depopulated island. It turns out the children have slaughtered all the adults. Basically, a Children of the Corn before there were any Children of the Corn.
So what was the point of all that newsreel footage? Serrador suggests that these homicidal children are an evolutionary response to the atrocities of the modern era. Children suffer the worst during war, famine, and upheaval. So the children on this island have developed a preemptive homicidal tendency as a survival measure. And because people who don’t commit atrocities have a built-in reluctance to kill children — as per the title of a movie — the children can get away with it. The movie ends with the English couple successfully dispatched (the pregnant wife is actually killed from within by her unborn baby). The children appropriate a Coast Guard boat and sail to the mainland to infect the children there. It’s the end of the world! Roll credits.
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