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Come Out and Play is a 2012 Shot-for-Shot-Remake of the 1976 Spanish film, Who Can Kill a Child?, also known as Island of the Damned. Beth and Francis are a young married couple who are expecting their first child. They decide to take a trip to a remote island, but once they arrive, the island seems deserted. At first, they attribute this to a festival, but soon, they realize that something much more dreadful has happened. There are only children on this island, and that's because the children have done away with the adults...


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  • Downer Ending: Beth dies in premature labor and Francis is gunned down by the incoming Coast Guard, who've just seen him beat a child to death. Then, the man from the Coast Guard is gunned down and the kids leave to spread their affliction...
  • Enfant Terrible: Throughout the film. The most chilling part of it is that, even as they're killing, the children are giggling, enjoying their play.
  • Fetus Terrible: One interpretation of Beth's death. She believes that the child has become infected, and is stabbing her to death. It might just also be a miscarriage from when she fell earlier.
  • Kids Are Cruel: YEAH, no shit! If stabbing an old man repeatedly and smashing his head with a rock or completely eviscerating and eating another child isn't proof enough, what is?
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: The only shots removed were some of the war footage.
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  • Title Drop: Daniel Cacho's unnamed character provides a title drop to the earlier film when he answers, in Spanish, "Who could kill a child?" the question as to why he hadn't defended himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not initially, but by the end of the film, Francis has shot, beaten to death, and impaled multiple children in his attempt to defend himself.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Initially, Beth and Francis avoid hurting the children. Even later in the film, Beth forces Francis to crash their car rather than plow through the children blocking their path.

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