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The Children (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 June 1980 (USA)
A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Freemont
Gil Rogers ... Sheriff Billy Hart
... Cathy Freemont
... Molly
... Deputy Harry Timmons
Joy Glaccum ... Suzie MacKenzie
Jeptha Evans ... Paul MacKenzie
Clara Evans ... Jenny Freemont
Sarah Albright ... Ellen Chandler
Nathanael Albright ... Tommy Button
Julie Carrier ... Janet Shore
Michelle La Mothe ... Dr. Joyce Gould (as Michelle LeMothe)
... Hank
... Frank
Jessie Abrams ... Clarkie Freemont
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A busload of children has disappeared from the quiet New England town of Ravensback, and Sheriff Billy Hart is on the case. A short while later, he manages to track down the kids, but unfortunately they seem to have been transformed into murderous zombies by a cloud of radioactive gas. How can he stop the killer tykes before they destroy the town? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Children of Ravensback  »

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The original idea was that co-writer / producer Carlton J. Albright's friend Edward Terry (who plays Hank) would direct, but circumstances ended in Max Kalmanowicz getting the directing gig. This caused a rift in the Albright / Terry friendship that mended in time for them to make Luther the Geek (1989) together 10 years later. See more »

Goofs

Molly running out to hug the children and her subsequent death should not have been heard over the CB as the mike button needs to be pressed in order to be heard, and even if she had the CB mike in her hand, it wouldn't have been able to stretch far enough to make it all the way to where the children were standing. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Joyce Gould: I just don't know how Leslie's gonna take it when I tell her Tommy's missing.
Sheriff Billy Hart: Don't tell her.
Dr. Joyce Gould: ...That's one way to deal with it...
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No music is played over the credits. See more »

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References Superman (1978) See more »

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Finally able to put a name to this movie, embedded in my memory.
27 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this when I was five years old--my parents were oddly fine with letting me watch any horror flick I wanted. This has had some long-lasting issues, to say the least.

My memory of the movie is a bit hazy. I've described it to many people over the years, searching for someone who knew the title. Alas, no one ever recognized it. Never thought to search it online (one of those things, I guess) until now. I remembered the poisonous fog, the school bus, and the burning hands of the children. Unfortunately, my memory also included purple hamburger-like patties in the palms of the children's hands--the source of their awesome burning power. Strange what you think you remember.

Back on point, awesome awful nonsensical horror film of the 80's.


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