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Devil Times Five (1974)
"Peopletoys" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  June 1974 (USA)
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Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation.


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Complete credited cast:
Harvey Beckman
Gene Evans ...
Papa Doc
Taylor Lacher ...
Joan McCall ...
Carolyn Stellar ...
Lovely (as Carolyn Steller)
John Durren ...
Gail Smale ...
Sister Hannah
Tierre Turner ...
Tia Thompson ...
Henry Beckman ...
Dr. Brown


Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation. Written by Anonymous

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Not since "Village of the Damned" has death become so savage... or survival so hopeless! See more »




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The character played by Sorrell Booke is a doctor, named "Harvey Beckman". The role of "Dr. Brown" is played by veteran Canadian character actor, Henry Beckman. See more »


The characters are supposedly stuck in the house because they're snowed in, however the height of the snow outside actually keeps changing dramatically throughout the movie. It's extremely snowy in the beginning when everyone arrives, almost snow-free when Papa Doc runs outside in an attempt to save his wife, and finally modestly snowy again at the very end. See more »


Susan: Does Mr Beckman always talk to himself like that?
Ruth: It's the only way he can win an argument!
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Grim and quirky
29 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of them seventies horror films your grandfather would tell you about while settling you down to sleep when you were a toddler. Five crazy kids escape from a mental institution and play the scared kid card at the house of Papa Doc, who is currently playing host to all sorts of unlikeable adults, so, basically, you can tell where this is heading. What got me about the Devil Times Five is the way that the first hour passes almost lightheartedly, before heading for Grimsville. When the kids start wasting the cast, a kind of darkness settles on the film and never let's up. I don't know if it's just the playful way the kids massacre people (hence the title: Peopletoys), but I was left with a bizarre bad taste in my mouth after watching this. I guess that's the whole point though. You don't really get that from watching modern splatterfests. This is seventies horror in a nutshell, this film.

Plus, for UK viewers, check the name of one of the producers of this film (the IMDb won't let me use his second name here). I bet he's glad he didn't go to school in Glasgow!

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