Come Out and Play


The kids are definitely NOT all right in this chilling Mexican horror thriller about an isolated island overrun with murderous children, directed by Makinov and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. A stylish remake of the 1976 Spanish horror film Who Can Kill a Child?, Come Out and Play follows the terrifying misadventures of a young married couple who, while on holiday together, make the very bad decision to venture to a beautiful, but highly remote, island. Beth is several months pregnant and Francis is a nervously expectant father, and the two are hoping to enjoy their last vacation before their baby is born. When they arrive, they notice that while there are plenty of children present, the adults all seem to be missing. Initially attributing this to the after effects of a recent festival, they quickly realize something far more sinister is afoot. As nighttime approaches and the children being to gather, the increasingly freaked out couple will face an adult’s ultimate nightmare as they are forced to make horrifically difficult decisions in their frantic quest to make it off the island alive. Fueled by a slow-building tension that eventually explodes into full-blown terror, Come Out and Play is an artful and disturbing examination of the ambivalence of parenthood that also delivers the genre goods in terms of good old-fashioned shocks, gore and nail-biting thrills. (Dir. by Makinov, 2013, Mexico, in Spanish and English with subtitles, 86 mins., Rated R, Cinedigm) Digital