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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973)

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Six friends dig up a corpse named Orville. They use it in a satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. Look out!!!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ormsby ...
Alan
Valerie Mamches ...
Val
Jeff Gillen ...
Jeff (as Jeffrey Gillen)
Anya Ormsby ...
Anya
Paul Cronin ...
Paul
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Terry
Roy Engleman ...
Roy
Robert Philip ...
Emerson
Bruce Solomon ...
Winns
Alecs Baird ...
Caretaker
Seth Sklarey ...
Bob Sherman ...
Ghoul (as Robert Sherman)
Curtis Bryant ...
Ghoul
William R. 'Bob' Smedley ...
Tallest dead thing (as Robert Smedley)
Debbie Cummins ...
Ghoul
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Storyline

Actors led by Alan Ormsby go to a graveyard on a remote island to perform a necromantic ritual. The ritual works and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh. Written by Humberto Amador

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island | graveyard | actor | occult | cult film | See more »

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Experience the unexpected terror of rising rotting flesh... See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Living Dead  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bob Clark shot this film back to back with Dead of Night (1972) as part of a two picture deal. Both films were shot in Florida and featured several of the same cast members. See more »

Goofs

After Val shines the light on the body of Paul, she then turns back around, bringing the light with her; yet when Terry looks out, both the body and zombie are still illuminated by the same light. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Man is a machine that manufactures manure.
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Crazy Credits

Director Bob Clark is credited as "Benjamin Clark" in the opening credits. See more »

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Zombie Island
30 April 2002 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

"I haven't laughed this hard since granny got caught in the wringer," says one of the potheads in this hilarious quasi-spoof of all those Val Lewton and George A. Romero walking-dead movies we have come to love (or loath, depending on your personal taste) through the years.

In this story, a young actor pair play a ghoulish prank on the rest of their troupe after, one spooky night, they visit a cemetery island. Their artistic director, Alan, pretends to bring the dead back to life by conducting a highly stylized ritual.

Way too much screen time is misspent; the amateur dialog includes lame witticisms, melodrama and other kinds of unnecessary filler commentaries (And can't Alan stop that irritating laughter... way too much!). Once the action kicks in (which comes close to the end of this film), it's worth the wait.

I saw this one on a late-night, local station television program that ran films very much like this one... only this one scared me at the age of 13... but then again, you might laugh your way through it, until the bitter end... ...which is probably the reason, nowadays, why very few people still wear striped hip-huggers.


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