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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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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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The scene where Michael drives Laurie to the Hayes place was originally the ending of the film, but was given voice overs and made into a first date scene. See more »


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Matthew Micheals: Of all the places in all the world my dad could have picked to build his dealership, he picked the one right down the street from Walking Dead Central.
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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 »


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Music Composed by John Novello and Alan Howarth
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Oh dear lord why?
17 June 2003 | by Fedaykin_SadakoSee all my reviews

I wouldn't necessarily call myself an expert, but I like zombie films. A lot. I watch any and all zombie films I can get my hands on. This is the first time I've ever thought "What the heck did I just waste an hour and a half watching?" I've even suffered through Shatter Dead and Bruno Mattei's Hell of the Living Dead and didn't think that.

The sound is atrocious...who in the world thought that looping almost the entire movie was a good idea? How did they afford to have Savini back to ADR ALL of his lines?! Was the make-up artist a student of his?! Geez...at least Savini looks better in this than he did in From Dusk Til Dawn. When I saw that, I started to fear for his life...

Handheld is fine and dandy...but why not spend the money for the "explosions" on SteadyCam rental? Or use a dolly more (wheelchair and a tripod, baby...read Stanley Kubrick's biography (the beige one) and Robert Rodriguez's Rebel Without a Crew!)?

The direction was...not so bad. Tor Ramsey has potential. Hopefully, his next movies will be better.

The script. Don't even get me started. I was intrigued to see that a woman wrote it...but it sucked. The dialogue was stilted and sounded like this was the first draft, the exposition was too bloody long and repeated too much, and that first scene needed to be cut a little. I began to wonder if Ms. Wolf had ever watched any horror films, much less any zombie movies.

Go watch Bio-Zombie...Lucio Fulci's The Beyond...Return of the Living Dead...geez, watch that Mattei crap, but just do yourself a favour and DON'T WATCH THIS.

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