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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shakar ...
John Freemont
Gil Rogers ...
Sheriff Billy Hart
Gale Garnett ...
Cathy Freemont
Shannon Bolin ...
Molly
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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 ...
Hank
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Frank
Jessie Abrams ...
Clarkie Freemont
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Storyline

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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The Children of Ravensback  »

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Trivia

Co-writer / producer Carlton J. Albright struck several deals in the course of making this film. One involved giving to the favored charity of the cemetery caretakers in order to use the cemetery seen in the film. Another involved hiring a local girl as a production assistant so her father would agree to the use of his house. See more »

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Tommy Button: Joyce!
Dr. Joyce Gould: Tommy... a- a- AHHH!
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starts out good...
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie started out very promisingly. It had a sinister, understated beginning. But as the film progressed, it didn't follow through. The characters weren't interesting, the movie gets tedious and it didn't have any momentum. That seems to be the problem with a lot of horror films, and it's too bad on this one, because it could've been great. I'd love to see this movie re-made and have it follow through on the creepiness of the beginning. I think I'll buy it on VHS anyway. This was made around the time of all those delightful 80's horror films. Plus, the theater I saw it in had a weird flower smell that somehow fit the movie, and made it more scary.


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