Macabre…ish Horror Review: Come Out and Play

 

 

Come Out and Play, 2012/ 1 hr 40 min

( El juego de los niños)

 

A couple, Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Beth (Vinessa Shaw) head to an island for a vacation but it seems to be empty. A child turns up and is fascinated by the Beth’s pregnant belly but she then runs away. Francis, taking a look around find a group of kids laughing while beating an elderly man to death.

 

They try to radio for help but they struggle to connect with anyone and when they do, the person on the other end is begging for their life as kids are breaking in.

 

The couple encounter another adult in the area, a man, Cacho (Daniel Giménez Cacho) who tells them all the kids woke up at the same time this morning, laughing. And after killing their parents, they went house to house killing every adult they could find. And not just killing, in some cases, desecrating the bodies, playing with the corpses, body parts and making jewelry out of them.

 

After, Cacho is lured out by his daughter, the couple need to find a way to escape. Later Beth is convinced her unborn child is killing her and they need to deliver it before it’s too late.

 

When help comes, not only is it no help but it’ll make the situation much worse.

 

This is like Children of the Corn or The Children but on an island with Latin children. The adults are maddening. The kids are kind of eerie. It’s not as graphic or gory as I’d expect considering the subject matter, which is disturbing enough on it’s own but it does have the right feel and cinematography. The ending is sad, the most violent part of the movie and bleak. This is a Mexican film and it is in Spanish and English.