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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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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

Director Bob Clark was planning to do a remake of "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" in 2007. Tragically though, Clark died in an automobile accident before production plans could get underway. 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: [to Orville's corpse] I'm gonna take your scraps and feed them to my dog.
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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 Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »

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A group of hippies go to an island to film a documentry movie. They try out a ritual and raise the dead. It works and soon the dead walk, hungry for human flesh.
1 January 1999 | by Devin-3See all my reviews

A group of hippie film makers and actors go to a deserted island with nothing but an old cemetery. Their mission was to film a documentry movie. But the try out an old ritual for fun. Soon the dead rise, searching for human flesh! This is an awesome spin off of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but it was WAY better! It's funny, scary what more could you ask for? This is recommended for all people, horror fans or not SEE THE MOVIE...and if you are a child... DON'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS!


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