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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | 9 June 1972 (USA)
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Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director:

Bob Clark (as Benjamin Clark)

Writers:

Alan Ormsby (screenplay collaboration), Bob Clark (as Benjamin Clark)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ormsby ... Alan
Valerie Mamches Valerie Mamches ... Val
Jeff Gillen Jeff Gillen ... Jeff (as Jeffrey Gillen)
Anya Ormsby ... Anya
Paul Cronin Paul Cronin ... Paul
Jane Daly ... Terry
Roy Engleman Roy Engleman ... Roy
Robert Philip Robert Philip ... Emerson
Bruce Solomon ... Winns
Alecs Baird Alecs Baird ... Caretaker
Seth Sklarey ... Orville Dunworth
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Ghoul (as Robert Sherman)
Curtis Bryant Curtis Bryant ... Ghoul
William R. 'Bob' Smedley William R. 'Bob' Smedley ... Tallest dead thing (as Robert Smedley)
Debbie Cummins Debbie Cummins ... Ghoul
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Storyline

An acting troupe led by Alan Ormsby go to a graveyard on a remote island to perform a necromantic ritual. The ritual works too well and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh. The dwindling group of survivors struggle to escape. Written by Humberto Amador

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Things from the Dead See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names on the tombstones are the names of various crew members. See more »

Goofs

When it's asked as too how long Emerson was buried in the coffin, it is said about a hour. There is only enough air in a buried coffin to last a few minutes. He should have suffocated from lack of air. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: I peed in my pants!
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Crazy Credits

The zombies get to the boat and sail to the city throughout the course of the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although uncut by the BBFC the 2005 UK Anchor Bay DVD release was missing around 7 minutes of dialogue scenes for reasons unknown. The earlier Exploited video release was complete. See more »

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Spoofs Dracula (1931) See more »

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heavy on atmosphere and mood, low on gore, spooky
23 April 1999 | by joot29See all my reviews

Anyone looking for a gory action-packed zombie movie will need to look elsewhere. This movie has more of a "Night of the Living Dead" feel, with an added wry sense of humor that's distinctly 70's. This movie might bore you at first, but I dare anyone to watch it late at night alone (with the lights out). The ghoulish concoction of forest sounds, the dissonant harmonies of animals of the night, and crickets make up the soundtrack to this movie. Coupled with this aural effect are the setting and eerie darkness (all of it takes place at night in a cemetery). There are no Hollywood big budget type music in the background to diffuse the morbid aura this movie exudes, as you are forced to experience the claustrophobic despair along with the movie's characters. Your patience will certainly pay off in the end as this seemingly innocuous film builds to a heart-stopping, frighteningly realistic climax.


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