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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
...
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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Taglines:

You're Invited To Orville's "Coming-Out" Party...It'll Be A Scream...YOURS!!! 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 (III) was planning to do a remake of "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" in 2007. Tragically though, Clark died in an automobile accident before production plans could get underway. 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

Jeff: You mean this whole thing was a gag?
Alan: No, these are couple of real ghouls! They've just had a change of heart!
Emerson: Yeah, we're trying to go straight!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Curse of the Screaming Dead (1982) See more »

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Classic zombie film that ranks with "Night of the Living Dead"
6 February 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I had read extensively about this film and was very interested in actually seeing it, but my interest died down after reading a particular on-line review. I recently bought the film and boy, was I surprised! The movie left me breathless, like I was struck by lightning and didn't know what to do after the credits finished! While the storyline might not be highly original, most of the acting is good (especially Alan Ormsby and Valerie Mamches) and the atmosphere is unrelentingly chilling! While a lot of the humor is desperate and falls flat, there is undying tension during the corpse-mocking scenes. The audience is just waiting for Orville to jump up and avenge his humiliation! The island's graveyard is one of the spookiest in recent memory and the zombie resurrection scenes are the best I have EVER seen! The ending is not particularly original, but for some reason is unexpected. Highly recommended to fans of zombie horror films, but don't expect overly graphic special effects (i.e., Lucio Fulci's "Zombie"), as this is rated PG. Despite the rating, this would give kids more nightmares than some R-rated movies!


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