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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Things from the 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

Stars Alan Ormsby and Anya Ormsby were married at the time of the filming. See more »

Goofs

When Orville is sitting on the couch with Alan, they move his arm and for a moment, you can see his normal "flesh colored" skin between the fake right ghoul hand and suit sleeve. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Silence! The magnitude of your simplitude overwhelms me!
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Crazy Credits

The zombies get to the boat and sail to the city throughout the course of the end 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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Referenced in Missing Reel: Zombies! (2014) See more »

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I love this movie
22 October 2003 | by one4now4See all my reviews

This is one of those great horror movies where the only problems can be found in corporate faults. This movie is full of great characters (even the character you're supposed to hate is really interesting), with good acting to back up the great story. I also like how Alan's necrophiliac desires are really underplayed by how the film is made. Some people won't even catch them the first time they watch it, which gives this an oddly intellectual angle. Also, most of the make-up FX are truly amazing in such a low-budget movie. The close-ups of some of these zombies really make that obvious, which makes me wonder how people could trash on these excellent make-up jobs. You want to see some bad make-up? See "Redneck Zombies", it will redefine what bad make-up is for you. Anyway, this movie is good at the black humor and just as good with the chills. This being a PG film without hardly any blood, I was surprised to find that the zombie attack scenes had an intensity to them that greatly rivaled those in "NOTLD" without hardly any gore. (Still, I do want to see the uncut version available through some import services and see why that version was rated for people 18 and over!) Another thing I love about this movie is that it has some of the greatest atmosphere to it. It retains a classic, dark-foggy-night horror feel throughout, with even the slowest of moments having a definite creepiness to them. It's also great to see a horror movie with zombies that relies more on the characters than blood and guts for a change. Many criticize this for being too slow, but I enjoyed every minute of it. A very sadly underrated and ultimately overlooked masterpiece of indie horror.


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