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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | 9 June 1972 (USA)
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Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director:

Bob Clark (as Benjamin Clark)

Writers:

Alan Ormsby (screenplay collaboration), Bob Clark (as Benjamin Clark)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ormsby ... Alan
Valerie Mamches Valerie Mamches ... Val
Jeff Gillen Jeff Gillen ... Jeff (as Jeffrey Gillen)
Anya Ormsby ... Anya
Paul Cronin Paul Cronin ... Paul
Jane Daly ... Terry
Roy Engleman Roy Engleman ... Roy
Robert Philip Robert Philip ... Emerson
Bruce Solomon Bruce Solomon ... Winns
Alecs Baird Alecs Baird ... Caretaker
Seth Sklarey ... Orville Dunworth
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Ghoul (as Robert Sherman)
Curtis Bryant Curtis Bryant ... Ghoul
William R. 'Bob' Smedley William R. 'Bob' Smedley ... Tallest dead thing (as Robert Smedley)
Debbie Cummins Debbie Cummins ... Ghoul
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Storyline

An acting troupe led by Alan Ormsby go to a graveyard on a remote island to perform a necromantic ritual. The ritual works too well and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh. The dwindling group of survivors struggle to escape. Written by Humberto Amador

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Experience the unexpected terror of rising rotting flesh... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Living Dead See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bob Clark shot this film back to back with Dead of Night (1974) as part of a two picture deal. Both films were shot in Florida and featured several of the same cast members. See more »

Goofs

Alan claims the book of spells etc is in a direct line from the Druids, but the Druids never had a written language. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: You mean this whole thing was a gag?
Alan: No, these are couple of real ghouls! They've just had a change of heart!
Emerson: Yeah, we're trying to go straight!
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Crazy Credits

Director Bob Clark is credited as "Benjamin Clark" in the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although uncut by the BBFC the 2005 UK Anchor Bay DVD release was missing around 7 minutes of dialogue scenes for reasons unknown. The earlier Exploited video release was complete. See more »

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Featured in Fright Night (1985) See more »

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One of the best zombie flicks I have ever seen!
30 March 2001 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" is a very creepy and atmospheric zombie film about a group of hippie actors who go to a small island to practice satanism and succeed in raising the dead!The only problem is,the dead wants to eat them all.Surely one of my favourite horror flicks this one contains really cool zombies and dark,brooding atmosphere.The acting is surprisingly good,the location sets are spooky and there's also a sprinkle of black humour added for good measure.Only a little bit of gore,so fans of Italian zombie gut-munchers may be disappointed,but if you like scary horror movies this one is perfect for you.Anyway,check this movie out-you'll love this!And the ending is the most edge-of-your-seat ever.A must see!Highly recommended.


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