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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

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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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You're Invited To Orville's "Coming-Out" Party...It'll Be A Scream...YOURS!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films Italian title is "L' Assedio dei morti viventi", which translates to "The Siege of the Living Dead". 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: I peed in my pants!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Corpses (2004) See more »

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The champ of camp
18 July 2005 | by zombielogic-1See all my reviews

I love this movie because it has a sense of humor, but more importantly a sense of style and play that is missing from current American cinema. My guess is that this movie turned out exactly how Bob Clark wanted it. The colors, costumes and performances are great symbols of an early seventies that I remember as a kid. This is the way i remember things looking, only slightly aggrandized. Alan Ormsby is funny, clever and effective as the theatre troupe/cult leader. I'm not sure if the cemetery in Miami is real or not, guessing it is to save money, but it is a perfect setting. Love this movie. CHeck out my www.zombielogicpress.com for more on zombies.


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