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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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Beware the black fingernails of death....
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This B-grade horror flick has some surprising special effects, and a completely predictable twist ending. When a school bus drives into the fog from a nuclear plant leak, the children inside are transformed into black-fingernailed zombies that incinerate anyone they touch, apparently from the inside-out. My fondness for this movie probably stems from the circumstances in which I saw it--I was 12 or 13, alone in front of the TV at my sister's house at around 2 AM,watching a "rated R movie(!)" I had been expressly forbidden to see. I'm not sure whether I was more afraid of the movie or an adult catching me, but either way, it was good fun. I'm looking forward to the day this one is finally released on DVD.


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