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June 1974 (USA) See more »
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What Wendy just saw them do will make you sick to your stomach...if it doesn't make you faint first! See more »
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Cast

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Sorrell Booke ... Harvey Beckman
Gene Evans ... Papa Doc
Taylor Lacher ... Rick
Joan McCall ... Julie

Shelley Morrison ... Ruth
Carolyn Stellar ... Lovely (as Carolyn Steller)
John Durren ... Ralph

Leif Garrett ... David
Gail Smale ... Sister Hannah

Dawn Lyn ... Moe
Tierre Turner ... Brian
Tia Thompson ... Susan
Henry Beckman ... Dr. Brown
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Directed by
Sean MacGregor 
David Sheldon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandra Lee Blowitz 
John Durren 
Dylan Jones  story

Produced by
Michael Blowitz .... producer
Albert Cole .... associate producer
Dylan Jones .... producer
Jordan M. Wank .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
William Loose 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Hipp 
Michael Shea  (as Mike Shea)
 
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
 
Art Direction by
Jac McAnelly 
 
Production Management
Sandra Lee Blowitz .... executive in charge of production
Beryl Gelfond .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Dominguez .... second assistant director
Hap Weyman .... assistant director (as Leo Weyman)
 
Art Department
Dennis Nodine .... property master
Richard N. McGuire .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jeff Jarvis .... boom operator
Larry Merrill .... sound effects
Clark Will .... sound
 
Stunts
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator (as Paul Knuckles)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Brown .... second grip
Michael Cohan .... still photographer
Mike Evans .... best boy
Bob McVay .... gaffer
Mike Paladin .... still photographer
Mike Petrich .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Durren .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant editor (as George Villasenor)
 
Music Department
William Loose .... conductor
 
Other crew
Patricia L. Brotz .... unit publicist
Leeland F. Cook .... technical advisor
Robert C. Fowler .... production assistant
Hannah Hempstead .... script supervisor
Toby Wank .... production associate
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Peopletoys" - USA (original title)
"The Horrible House on the Hill" - USA (reissue title)
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88 min
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Actress Carolyn Stellar (as "Lovely") is actually the real birth mother of Leif Garrett ("David") and Dawn Lyn ("Moe"), two of the child actors in the cast.See more »
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Ruth:Harvey, I have a headache, a toothache, a backache and I'm expecting the gout.
Harvey Beckman:Would an aspirin help?
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Editing errors times a thousand, 19 September 2009
Author: Zeegrade from Doomed Theater of Despair

Five little evil bastards escape a van crash that most assuredly would have killed them had they been normal children. After a little wandering the five find themselves at a remote chalet where three couples and a mentally challenged handyman (try figuring that one out) are spending time in yelling at each other and getting drunk. Sounds like most of my Christmas'. Soon the incompetent adults are dispatched by the little tykes deathtraps that never seem to fail followed by an annoying Pop Goes the Weasel score. Aren't you scared yet? Watch for the catfight when at the end Lovely's robe is only partially open then the next glimpse it is wide open exposing the only things worthy of notice in this film.

What a disaster of a movie! It's not without promise but this could have been done so much better. The editing is so poorly done that it is hard to know who certain people are in the film such as the mystery man that emerges from the van wreck. Was it a clown car for chrissakes? This is rated R and yet the death scenes make me wonder if the director decided to pull back on the gore. The five plus minute slo-mo black and white death scene is so painful to watch it defies belief that the director would stoop to this to extend the runtime. Leif Garrett's hairstyle changes inexplicably from a goofy wig to shoulder length from one scene to another. The children refer to a character twice that is no where to be found such as when David kills Harvey and blames it on this mystery "Greg". How can you be so lax? On top of that the murders are so lame that only an idiot would fall for them and yet this chalet is packed with idiots. One scene in particular has two of the kids drown Lovely in the tub while dropping Piranna fish in. The fact that these kids are exposed to the large breasted Carolyn Stellar to begin with is a little disturbing but the scene is followed with all the "devils" dragging her naked body through the snow. One more juicy tidbit is Carolyn Stellar is the real life mother of Leif Garrett and Dawn Lyn who plays Moe. One of the writers is John Durren who plays Ralph the retarded handyman (I wonder if he wrote this channeling his character?) who in a very cringe inducing scene is sexually harassed by Lovely. I would recommend seeing this once with a bunch of friends and adult libations just to laugh at the sheer silliness of this movie. Aren't "peopletoys" marital aide products?

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