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The Children (1980)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  13 June 1980 (USA)
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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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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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Writer/producer Carlton J. Albright's kids, Sarah Albright and Nathanael Albright, are cast in this movie as Ellen and Tommy, respectively. See more »

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Childhood Classic
26 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie with my mom and dad late one night on TBS, and I remember how scary it was for me then. That was back in the mid-80's though, today I think somewhat differently. I rented the movie again a few years ago just to jog my memory of it, because all I really remembered was was it was about some kids who can burn people with their hands. Now that I've rewatched it I can judge as an adult. The movie is a good one for people, like me, who love B horror movies. The premise is laughable, who ever heard of toxic gas creating zombie children who can fry people with their hands and be basically invincible to any weapon? There are obviously a lot of unconceivable premises in this movie, but that's what makes it so good. The children can't be destroyed unless their hands are cut off! Too funny. The weirdest part was the pregnant woman who gave birth after her 2 sons have been killed, and she and the father act as if nothing happened. Anyway, I wouldn't tell anyone to stray from this movie, it is a classic and lots of people are willing to pay big bucks for it just because they remember it as a classic horror movie they liked. The friendship I have now, who is also my best friend, came about over this movie. We were talking about horror movies at work during Halloween, and I brought up this movie and she started talking about how much she liked it when she saw it at the drive-in with her family but for years could not remember the title until shined the light on it for her. This movie has a lot of fans out there, and if you haven't seen it and you see it in the video store, rent it. It's one you won't forget!


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