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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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June 1974 (USA) See more »
What Wendy just saw them do will make you sick to your stomach...if it doesn't make you faint first! See more »
Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An enjoyably kooky 70's killer kids movie See more (42 total) »


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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
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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According to legend original director Sean MacGregor spent some time as a patient in a psychiatric ward following his departure from the project.See more »
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 »
Lovely:Have you ever wanted to make love to a woman? To touch a woman... make love? Stand up. Stand up! Take your shirt off. Take your shirt off.
[he throws it to her]
Lovely:I didn't want it! Pull your pants down. Come on, pull your pants down. Come on pull down your pants! Now, what would you like to do?
Ralph:I have to feed my rabbits.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyably kooky 70's killer kids movie, 7 August 2011
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This is a good little quirky horror-thriller set in a snow-bound area. A family gather in a house for a winter break, while at the same time a bus carrying some kids crashes off the road. Five of the children escape unharmed but it turns out these are seriously disturbed kids and they are soon to come into contact with our friends in the holiday home.

Devil Times Five is a strange little movie. It sometimes gives off the relaxed and warm feel of a 70's TV movie but this is misleading as its subject matter of sociopathic children is not exactly a very cosy theme. This combination of TV-style melodrama with slasher movie subject matter is one of the things that makes for distinctive viewing. It's just a little bizarre. The snowy setting is good too and gives the flick a nice feel. The murders are all varied and occasionally quite inventive such as the bath tub demise replete with piranhas. Admittedly, the first murder is a pretty confusing affair – not only do we have trouble knowing what is going on but it's not even that clear who is even being attacked! But it's still a pleasingly weird scene with slow motion visuals and sound, and through a monochrome lens. Aside from all this, the movie is not above throwing in a totally unnecessary cat fight too. And what could be wrong with that? You could do a lot worse than this one. If you are a sucker for early 70's proto-slashers then this is one that should provide some entertainment.

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