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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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The noise made when the possessed children are killed is created from the sound of cats in heat. See more »

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Dr. Joyce Gould: I just don't know how Leslie's gonna take it when I tell her Tommy's missing.
Sheriff Billy Hart: Don't tell her.
Dr. Joyce Gould: ...That's one way to deal with it...
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I can't believe I waited 26 years
24 March 2006 | by (Hercules, Ca) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this movie in 1980 when it first came out and couldn't. When I saw that it was coming to DVD I got really excited. I finally watched it last weekend. I couldn't believe that I had waited 26 years to see such a bad movie. The premise is great-a radioactive cloud turns children into zombies, but the acting and directing bring the film down. Towards the end it just becomes silly. There was a little nudity and some gore. The effects are horrible. There wasn't a single scene that was scary. There is a "surprise ending", but any horror fan can see it coming a mile away. Overall the movie is a waste of time. I did chuckle when the pregnant lady lit a cigarette, patted her stomach and said "I'm sorry" to her unborn baby.


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