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Devil Times Five -- 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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Release Date:
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 »
Plot:
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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

Directed by
Sean MacGregor 
David Sheldon (uncredited)
 
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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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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Original director Sean MacGregor was fired from the production after a few weeks of difficult filming and the most of the footage MacGregor directed was deemed unusable. Much of the final version of the movie had to be re-filmed under direction of 'David Sheldon' several weeks later using different interior locations for the inside of the lodge, which noticeably changes in appearance partway through the movie. By the time of Sheldon's re-shoots, Leif Garrett had also gotten a closely cropped dark colored haircut for another production (Macon County Line (1974)) and had to re-film his scenes wearing a wig that is visibly different than his original longer blond hair style. (Source: Screem Magazine Vol. 13)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
David:[screaming] My face! Look what you did to my beautiful face!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Three Day Pass (1982)See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Psycho kids create gory death scenes, 9 December 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Devil Times Five is basically your basic seventies horror flick about a bunch of people in an isolated location being terrorised by psychos; except this one has a twist, and that twist comes in the form of the psychos themselves being young children. The most famous film to use the idea of psychotic children is probably the 1960 classic Village of the Damned; but it has been done many times since. Devil Times Five is perhaps something of an oddity within the genre as it doesn't particularly focus on the idea of the children being psychos, but instead puts its focus on the sleazy adult characters and gory death scenes. The plot focuses on a group of people staying at a snowbound lodge. Meanwhile, a bus carrying a group of psychotic children slips off the road; allowing the kids to escape. After taking out their guardian, the kids descend on the lodge where they are taken in by the people staying there. Shortly thereafter, the adults start turning up dead...

The film is a real piece of seventies grindhouse with the main focus being on the sleazy atmosphere. Immediately we are shown that not all of the main characters are angels and it sets things up nicely. Often horror films involving kids will be toned down a little; but that's not the case here either. The kids themselves are vicious enough and that is complimented nicely by a grisly set of death scenes that include things such as a woman in a bath being eaten by piranhas, someone being set alight and a vast assortment of mêlée weapons being put to good use. The snow setting provides a good location for the action to take place as it provides a good atmosphere of isolation to ensure we're always aware that the central characters are in trouble. It does have to be said that the film can't really be taken seriously; it's not particularly well written or acted and the story has no depth whatsoever - but it's not important anyway for a seventies horror flick and the film does provide ninety minutes that are worth seeing.

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