After five deranged children are involved in a bus wreck they start killing people at the lodge who insulted them or were rude to them.


Sean MacGregor, David Sheldon (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Sorrell Booke ... Harvey Beckman
Gene Evans ... Papa Doc
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Rick
Joan McCall ... Julie
Shelley Morrison ... Ruth
Carolyn Stellar ... Lovely (as Carolyn Steller)
John Durren ... Ralph
Leif Garrett ... David
Gail Smale ... Sister Hannah
Dawn Lyn ... Moe
Tierre Turner ... Brian
Tia Thompson Tia Thompson ... Susan
Henry Beckman ... Dr. Brown


Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation. Written by Anonymous

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If you can't take a lot of blood - don't go see...The Horrible House on the Hill See more »




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The character played by Sorrell Booke is a doctor named "Harvey Beckman". The role of "Dr. Brown" is played by veteran Canadian character actor Henry Beckman. See more »


The characters are supposedly stuck in the house because they're snowed in; however, the height of the snow outside actually keeps changing dramatically throughout the movie. It's extremely snowy in the beginning when everyone arrives, almost snow-free when Papa Doc runs outside in an attempt to save his wife and finally modestly snowy again at the very end. See more »


Lovely: Have you ever wanted to make love to a woman? To touch a woman... make love? Stand up. Stand up! Take your shirt off. Take your shirt off.
[he throws it to her]
Lovely: I didn't want it! Pull your pants down. Come on, pull your pants down. Come on, pull down your pants! Now, what would you like to do?
Ralph: I have to feed my rabbits.
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[caption used in place of "THE END", as our five young killers depart from the lodge after setting up their victims' bodies in eerily lifelike poses] THE BEGINNING See more »

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Grim and quirky
29 September 2011 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This is one of them seventies horror films your grandfather would tell you about while settling you down to sleep when you were a toddler. Five crazy kids escape from a mental institution and play the scared kid card at the house of Papa Doc, who is currently playing host to all sorts of unlikeable adults, so, basically, you can tell where this is heading. What got me about the Devil Times Five is the way that the first hour passes almost lightheartedly, before heading for Grimsville. When the kids start wasting the cast, a kind of darkness settles on the film and never let's up. I don't know if it's just the playful way the kids massacre people (hence the title: Peopletoys), but I was left with a bizarre bad taste in my mouth after watching this. I guess that's the whole point though. You don't really get that from watching modern splatterfests. This is seventies horror in a nutshell, this film.

Plus, for UK viewers, check the name of one of the producers of this film (the IMDb won't let me use his second name here). I bet he's glad he didn't go to school in Glasgow!

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31 May 1974 (USA) See more »

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