97 user 34 critic

Children of the Living Dead (2001)

In a small Pennsylvanian town, Matthew has just taken over an old farm property in order to start his new car dealership. Unknown to him the farm is located on the site of a graveyard, which the local townsfolk claim should be left alone.


Tor Ramsey (as Tor A. Ramsey)


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




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 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


You could just move away, but that would ruin the movie See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The film's budget was $500,000. See more »


During the initial zombie hunt in the field, a number of zombies are destroyed, moments later they are seen walking. Most notably is a tall zombie wearing a blue T-shirt, who is shot in the head and killed, then seen attacking the helicopter pilot where its shot in the head for a second time. See more »


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

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 »


Referenced in How Didn't This Get Made?: Delay of the Dead (2020) See more »


Have We Met Before
Music Composed by John Novello and Alan Howarth
See more »

User Reviews

"ABBOTT HAYES!!!!!!!!"
17 December 2002 | by HarryWardenSee all my reviews


I think cinema has found the new Ed Wood...and his name is John Russo. I rented this one just for sh*ts and giggles, mainly because I wanted to see a feature done by the folks who rape-...er...filmed the hilarious "Reverend Big Teeth" sequences for the "Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary."

It's times like this that I mourn the passing of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," because this one would have been a top-rate contender. It actually boggles the mind how something THIS BAD could come out of ANYONE...even a total-hack like Russo.

If you're a cinema-masochist like me and enjoy getting belly rolls from horrible films, you really can't do any better than this. Abbott Hayes, the main baddie, is the funniest zombie you'll ever see. He looks like he's grooving to 70's funk music when he hunts down his victims. In fact, the "van-going-over-the-cliff" scene towards the beginning is the most unintentionally funny thing I've ever seen in a film...PERIOD.

Go rent it and give Russo the money so he and his team of fools can make more of these! As far as I'm concerned, they can stay in their delusional world and pump out as much of this horsesh*t as they want...I'll keep paying money to see the freak show!

14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 97 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

17 March 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Living Dead See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed