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Children of the Living Dead (2001)

In 1987 serial murderer and rapist Abbot Hayes disappeared from the morgue. Shortly afterwards, a zombie plague swept his hometown and many lost their lives in the ensuing battle. Now, ... See full summary »


Tor Ramsey (as Tor A. Ramsey)


Karen L. Wolf (screenplay by) (as Karen Lee Wolf)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Savini ... Deputy Hughes
Marty Schiff Marty Schiff ... Deputy Randolph (as Martin Schiff)
Damien Luvara ... Matthew Michaels
Jamie McCoy Jamie McCoy ... Laurie Danesi
Sam Nicotero Sam Nicotero ... Dusty
Heidi Hinzman Heidi Hinzman ... Candy Danesi
Philip Bower Philip Bower ... Joseph Michaels
Tom Stoviak ... Gregg Peters
A. Barrett Worland A. Barrett Worland ... Abbott Hayes
Jennifer Kazarian Jennifer Kazarian ... Denise
Justin Krauss Justin Krauss ... Steve
Christopher Mowod ... Gary (as Chris Mowod)
Christopher Maurer Christopher Maurer ... Mike (as Chris Coe Maurer)
Barret Hackney Barret Hackney ... Jesse (as Barrett Hackney)
Scott Kerschbaumer Scott Kerschbaumer ... Dave Danesi


In 1987 serial murderer and rapist Abbot Hayes disappeared from the morgue. Shortly afterwards, a zombie plague swept his hometown and many lost their lives in the ensuing battle. Now, fourteen years later, the aging residents of the town are trying to erase all traces of their past. But the arrival of a businessman who relocates the bodies of the local cemetery into a mass grave so he can build a car dealership riles up Abbot, who sets out to create his own army of the undead and take over. Written by Jack

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Thirty years later and they're walking again ... See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Living Dead See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Tor Ramsey, he was pressured a lot during the filming by Karen L. Wolf and John A. Russo, who made him use their friends as the film crew even though Ramsey wanted to hire other people. After screening the Directors Cut of the film, Wolf took the film away from Ramsey, hired a new editor and even looped many lines to correct the plot holes of the new cut. See more »


When Hughes fights the zombie by his car (just before blowing it up), he throws the zombie to the ground and shoots him multiple times. The slide on the semi-automatic handgun he is shooting locks to the rear, indicating it is empty yet he rolls onto the hood of his car and fires at several more zombies in the field. See more »


Deputy Randolph: Let's roll! Let's be careful out there, or you'll join the ranks of the living dead!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll a construction worker/posse member ices two zombies and rummages through their pockets and finds some cash. See more »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


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Music Composed by John Novello and Alan Howarth
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One of the great "Bad" Movies of All Time
12 February 2003 | by TC SmootSee all my reviews

From Children of the Living Dead, I have obtained more hours of enjoyment than watching any other movie. I can watch this film numerous times, laugh at how hilariously bad it is and still find something new each time. For instance, when we get a brief glimpse inside the construction site building, why is there gang graffiti on the walls? Or, if you watch the very beginning when Savini and the sheriff are walking towards the house, you can see something from the sheriff's belt make a big shine reflection on the house. Thank you, John Russo and all your cronies for pumping out good quality garbage like this. The bad dubbing, the horrible acting, the horrible script....Oh, and that brings up the end credits. I love how in the end credits, that there is a separate credit for "Abbott Hayes is an original character by" and then they give the screen writer's name. I guess the writer was afraid that people would think that someone else came up with the idea of the great zombie villain Abbott Hayes, or maybe they were afraid that someone would rip him off and that he would become as big as Jason or Freddy Kreugar. Oh, a fun drinking game to play is to take a drink for every time you see someone with the last name "Hinzman" in the end credits. You'll die of alcohol poisoning by the time they stop rolling.

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