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!!!


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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?


The tombstones were made out of Styrofoam. 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 »


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 »


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

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Kill these people quick
11 November 2002 | by (hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Wow, what an annoying cast of characters. I can't stand their sarcasm and wit. Ormsby, a semi-major player in the horror world, plays the most unbearable jerk. The film looks great (sets and make-up). I might have honestly enjoyed it more with the sound off so I could not hear the endless bickering. The ultra-gay characters don't work either.

It's not until late in the film that we see zombie action. It's more 'Night of the Living Dead' inspired than any zombie film I have ever seen. Everything I liked about the climax (zombies surround the house) was done better and first in 'NOTLD'.

The twisted stuff like Ormsby in bed with the corpse and the disturbed wife is all ruined by how constantly irritating the characters are. Another major set back is that the victims don't become zombies themselves after dying. If you are going to rip-off 'NOTLD', you might as well go all out. See this only if you've already seen all the Romero zombie movies and all the Italian zombie movies and are in serious need of a zombie fix.

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