Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  20 September 1972 (USA)
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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!!!


(as Benjamin Clark)


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


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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You're Invited To Orville's "Coming-Out" Party...It'll Be A Scream...YOURS!!! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

20 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Living Dead  »

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$70,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Bob Clark shot this film back to back with Dead of Night (1974) as part of a two picture deal. Both films were shot in Florida and featured several of the same cast members. See more »


Alan claims the book of spells etc is in a direct line from the Druids, but the Druids never had a written language. See more »


Val: The ten-cent tour, which we get for only a quarter.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) See more »

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I love this movie
22 October 2003 | by (Ft. Worth, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those great horror movies where the only problems can be found in corporate faults. This movie is full of great characters (even the character you're supposed to hate is really interesting), with good acting to back up the great story. I also like how Alan's necrophiliac desires are really underplayed by how the film is made. Some people won't even catch them the first time they watch it, which gives this an oddly intellectual angle. Also, most of the make-up FX are truly amazing in such a low-budget movie. The close-ups of some of these zombies really make that obvious, which makes me wonder how people could trash on these excellent make-up jobs. You want to see some bad make-up? See "Redneck Zombies", it will redefine what bad make-up is for you. Anyway, this movie is good at the black humor and just as good with the chills. This being a PG film without hardly any blood, I was surprised to find that the zombie attack scenes had an intensity to them that greatly rivaled those in "NOTLD" without hardly any gore. (Still, I do want to see the uncut version available through some import services and see why that version was rated for people 18 and over!) Another thing I love about this movie is that it has some of the greatest atmosphere to it. It retains a classic, dark-foggy-night horror feel throughout, with even the slowest of moments having a definite creepiness to them. It's also great to see a horror movie with zombies that relies more on the characters than blood and guts for a change. Many criticize this for being too slow, but I enjoyed every minute of it. A very sadly underrated and ultimately overlooked masterpiece of indie horror.

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