Evil children make shitty antagonists. It’s a lazy dichotomy to say, “Look! The faces of the innocent and pure are doing horrible acts of violence! HOW CAN THIS BE?” But they shouldn’t be threatening to any adult. You can’t be scared of anything you can dropkick. Come Out and Play (a remake of the 1976 Spanish horror film Who Can Kill a Child?) tries to up the fear by having the children be a tiny, angry mob rather than a solo threat, but the film’s true potential lies in trying to provide a set of conditions where we can condone, and perhaps even enjoy, killing bad seeds. Sadly, writer/director/shameless-self-promoter Makinov never wants to put in the hard work to meet this challenge. Instead, he spins his wheels, makes half-hearted attempts at various subtexts, and is left with a wasted opportunity to do anything beyond The Birds but with kids.