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Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Six friends dig up a corpse to use in a Satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Alan Ormsby ... Alan
Valerie Mamches ... Val
Jeff Gillen ... Jeff (as Jeffrey Gillen)
Anya Ormsby ... Anya
Paul Cronin ... Paul

Jane Daly ... Terry
Roy Engleman ... Roy
Robert Philip ... Emerson
Bruce Solomon ... Winns
Alecs Baird ... Caretaker
Seth Sklarey ... Orville Dunworth
Bob Sherman ... Ghoul (as Robert Sherman)
Curtis Bryant ... Ghoul

William R. 'Bob' Smedley ... Tallest dead thing (as Robert Smedley)
Debbie Cummins ... Ghoul
Peter Burke ... Ghoul
Chester Phebus ... Ghoul
Stuart Mitchell ... Ghoul
Lee J. O'Donnell ... Ghoul (as Leo O'Donnell)
Jack Sohmer ... Ghoul
Sandra Laurie ... Ghoul
Camille MacDonald ... Ghoul
Brendan Kenny ... Ghoul
Jean Clark ... Ghoul
Al McAdams ... Ghoul
Jane McAdams ... Ghoul
Stephanie Solomon ... Ghoul
Carl Richardson ... Ghoul
Jerry Hoffer ... Ghoul
Andy Herbst ... Ghoul
Paula Hoffer ... Ghoul
Trey Ward ... Ghoul
Harry Boehme ... Ghoul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Gilbert

Directed by
Bob Clark  (as Benjamin Clark)
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (screenplay collaboration)

Bob Clark (written by) (as Benjamin Clark)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer (as Benjamin Clark)
Gary Goch .... producer
Peter James .... executive producer
Ted V. Mikels .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gary Goch 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
Makeup Department
Benita Friedman .... makeup artist
Lee J. O'Donnell .... makeup artist (as Lee James O'Donnell)
Alan Ormsby .... special makeup creator
Judy Whalen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Martell .... production manager
Art Department
Ken Goch .... construction chief (as Kenneth Goch)
Gene McCullum .... construction assistant
David Trimble .... set designer
Sound Department
James B. Clark .... associate sound recordist
Henri Lopez .... re-recording mixer (as Henry Lopez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... camera operator
Robert Goggins .... gaffer
Tony Gulliver .... still photographer
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... director of photography: second unit
Chester Phebus .... gaffer
Other crew
Joe Bonvosu .... production assistant
Mike Harris .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandy Ulosevich)
Oliver Rish .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Revenge of the Living Dead" - USA (reissue title)
"Things from the Dead" - USA (reissue title)
"Things from the Grave" - USA (reissue title)
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87 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (2.0) | DTS

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The names on the tombstones are the names of various crew members.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Orville is sitting on the couch with Alan, they move his arm and for a moment, you can see his normal "flesh colored" skin between the fake right ghoul hand and suit sleeve.See more »
Alan:[to Orville's corpse] I'm gonna take your scraps and feed them to my dog.See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Is that what youngsters get up to at the local graveyard?, 31 May 2003

"Film strives for yucks, frequently succeeds. A late night fave, sporting some excellent dead rising from their graves scenes as well as a selection of groovy fashions." Cult Pics & Trash Flicks

"Campy, gory, sick and funny in about equal doses," Nigel Burrell. Is It Uncut.

There are many bad reviews written about this film that include its bad points, but here I'll focus on some of its merits…

Tongue in cheek, little slapstick, creepy cemetery sequences by filmmakers with potential to prolong their careers, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is a bad film, but a good bad film. Obviously ripping-off Night of the Living Dead ("That's not very original, Anya."), but perhaps inspiring The Evil Dead that would also feature a group of foolish kids awaking evil forces with the aid of an old book. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things was directed by Bob Clark when he worked with cult icon, Ormsby. Together they also collaborated on the moody, ‘Monkey's Paw' inspired Dead of Night (Deathdream). After co-directing Deranged with his co-star of Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Jeff Gillen, Ormsby went on to screenplay the alluring Cat People ('82) and silly Popcorn ('91). Before Clark moved on to comedies like A Christmas Story and Porkies, he directed the excellent Black Christmas ('74) and the interesting Murder by Decree ('79).

The obnoxious director, Alan (played by Ormsby himself), threatens his group of actors with unemployment unless they accompany him to a deserted island to perform some satanic rituals. After two thirds of the film, by now the cast have exhumed a corpse and attempted talking each other to death, incidents reach a peak as one of the women has a sudden break down (cue some overacting). The actors decide they've had enough and demand to leave the island immediately. It's too late to escape though, at this point you find yourself wondering if the film even feature the zombies promised in the title. The flesh hungry living dead close in on them and we're treated to the old boarding up the windows and doors routine and defending themselves from the growing horde of creatures outside.

Those merits I spoke of earlier? In my opinion, a true fan of old horror cannot truly hate this film. This predates Carpenter, Hooper, Craven and most other popular genre directors of today. It maybe difficult, but if you try overcoming the evident low budget, squinting to see what's happening past the abysmal lighting and photography and the laughable dialogue, then you'd probably enjoy the film a lot more. Ormsby himself has said that he's barely able watch Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things anymore as he hates himself acting in it, but admits that it does have some appealing attraction, hence the cult following.

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