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The Children (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 June 1980 (USA)
A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shakar ...
John Freemont
Gil Rogers ...
Sheriff Billy Hart
Gale Garnett ...
Cathy Freemont
Shannon Bolin ...
Deputy Harry Timmons
Joy Glaccum ...
Suzie MacKenzie
Jeptha Evans ...
Paul MacKenzie
Clara Evans ...
Jenny Freemont
Sarah Albright ...
Ellen Chandler
Nathanael Albright ...
Tommy Button
Julie Carrier ...
Janet Shore
Michelle La Mothe ...
Dr. Joyce Gould (as Michelle LeMothe)
Edward Terry ...
Jessie Abrams ...
Clarkie Freemont


A busload of children has disappeared from the quiet New England town of Ravensback, and Sheriff Billy Hart is on the case. A short while later, he manages to track down the kids, but unfortunately they seem to have been transformed into murderous zombies by a cloud of radioactive gas. How can he stop the killer tykes before they destroy the town? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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...thank God they're somebody else's! See more »


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13 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Children of Ravensback  »

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The Children, made in the same year as Friday the 13th, has the same composer as Friday the 13th, so the films' scores sound similar. See more »


Sanford Butler-Jones: Just what are you trying to tell us, Sheriff?
Sheriff Billy Hart: [angrily] That Janet is MISSING!... Along with all the other Children of Ravensback.
Dee Dee Shore: You don't think they've been kidnapped, do you?
Sheriff Billy Hart: I don't know what to think.
Dee Dee Shore: [in a stoned voice] A kidnapping in Ravensback! Oh Jack, how exciting!
[giggles while smoking a joint]
Sheriff Billy Hart: This s a... a lovely piece, Mrs. Shore.
[holds up an ashtray full of weed with an appalled look]
Dee Dee Shore: Why Sheriff, I didn't know you were into art! Jack and I brought that piece back from Rome last ...
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I got this in a used store for only $3
15 December 2004 | by (WI.) – See all my reviews

On Monday, I checked out this used video/cd/video game store.

wow! My jaw dropped in amazement on, when I saw this on the shelf...for only $3. I never got to see this as a kid, & it has been on my 'Must-see' list for a long time now. I have been trying to find it on Ebay as well.

Well, I enjoyed it, its a good fun & cheesy movie. You weren't expecting an Oscar nominated movie were you? Yes, the acting is bad & yes, some of the dialogue is horrendous, but this was such a fun movie.

It has its creepy moments & an alright 'twist' ending, that leaves it open for a sequel? hmmm.

This is worth checking out or owning if you love those bad cheesy films from the 80's, like what I do. For finding a pretty rare & hard to get (go to Ebay & see how much this sells for) for only $3, you can not go wrong. :)

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