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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
Actors: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin
Director: Bob Clark
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
PG     1999     1hr 27min

The SET-UP: Five young kinky actors and their artistic director come to a desolate and nearly forgotten burial island, complete with a morbid history of MURDER, RAPE, CURSES and DEMONS. Alan (Alan Ormsby), the brilliant...  more »


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Actors: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin
Director: Bob Clark
Creators: Alan Ormsby, Jack McGowan, Bob Clark, Gary Goch, Peter James, Ted V. Mikels
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 06/22/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Lory R. (melikedvd) from RICHMOND, CA
Reviewed on 3/5/2023...
Before going into details about this movie, I need to state that Bob Clark is one of the most underrated American directors. How many people could honestly say they've created both a true family classic as well as a horror classic? Not many but Bob Clark did. His "A Christmas Story" will be enjoyed for years to come, alongside of "It's A Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Carol" and other holiday classics. And "Black Christmas" is a true cult horror favorite.

Now having shared that, I have to say this was not his best work. But what it is, is the first film he directed and on a shoestring of a budget. Yes, the acting is hammy as can be and the make-up is not up to today's higher standard but it's still creepy as hell. It's also the first flesh eating zombie rip-off after "Night Of The Living Dead"s big success. I remember the cast coming on Creature Features promoting it as better than "Night of......." because they shot it in color. It's true that this was the first modern day Zombie movie shot in color. That didn't make it better but it did make it a lot more graphic & gory zombie film than any other shot before that time. So in it's own way, it was a first.

The VCI release is the most complete there is available
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 9/2/2020...
I just could not get into this campy horror garbage of a movie. Everything about it was bad including the horror makeup. If you really like those Mystery Science Theater really bad movies, then this one is for you. Horror fans should avoid this like the plague!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Reviewed on 5/4/2011...
This is the type of movie I enjoy watching on a sleepless night for some genuine B-movie "creepiness". the movie is definitely dated (gotta love 70s fashion) and the low budget is quite obvious, but it works and is better then 70% of today's zombie movies! VCI's version of the DVD contains a trailer, some lobby card art and short Bio's for Director Bob Clark (R.I.P.) and Alan Ormsby.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mike K. from NAMPA, ID
Reviewed on 6/1/2010...
This is one of the earliest zombie films I ever saw growing up. I believe I saw it in the mid 80's, in my early teens, if that. A film I would probably laugh at if I saw it now, it captivated me, yet scared me as well. Hence, it is a favorite of mine for childhood sentimental reasons, although I have not seen it for the better part of 20 some years. I think what captivated me by it is the open ended ending leaving it to the viewers imagination as to what happens. If you are a diehard zombie fan its worth at least watching, if anything else. Even if you are not a die hard zombie fan, its good for a late saturday night thriller or for halloween. Compared to today's ultra bloody scare films, this one does not have the blood and gore. It is more like the original night of the living dead in that respect. Overall, you can actually do worse than this film.
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Movie Reviews

One of My Personal Favorites - Zombies Chills + Some Humor
Peter Correnty | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own multiple copies of every version of this film available on VHS, LD and DVD. VCI's version on VHS and DVD is the most complete version I've seen (running 87 minutes, 1 - 2 minutes longer than previous pre-records) AND it's letterboxed, and nicely packaged. CSPwDT is one of those rare horror films that is truly terrifying. I've often tried to pinpoint exactly what frightens me the most about this film: the atmospheric, creepy setting; a remote, island cemetery where tufts of mist sweep across an eerie graveyard, or the weird electronic synth music with shrills and screeches, and human moaning in the background, or the incredible 'revival of the dead scenes' with some of the most effective make-up ever committed to celluloid, or the wild cinematography and lighting, ...It all works together to create, in my opinion, an impossible-to-forget masterpiece. Reportedly the film cost $70,000 to make in 1972, but it has more scares and is more effective than any recent big-budget horror film that I can remember. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Watch it tonight alone with the lights out!"
Gregg Taylor | Branchville, NJ United States | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'd hesitated in purchasing this DVD because of the 1.5 rating the quality had received, and another review that had bashed its inferior transfer. I finally caved in and spent the bucks--and found it to be EXACTLY like the old VHS version--only letterboxed!--Which is great, and yes, the quality is dark and smudgy at times, but that's ONLY BECAUSE of the original film stock used!! Remember folks, this is/was a low-budget (somewhat independent) horror film, and the original master has suffered some fade, but it's exactly what I remembered it as being when the film was the "Million Dollar Movie" on Channel 9 YEARRRS ago. It's a great addition to my DVD collection, and a great source of some really chilling sequences! For the first hour, it's all talk-talk-talk, but there's atmosphere!--And the dialogue is pure camp--the clothes are SO 1970's--but the last half-hour (when the zombies arrive), the hair really starts to rise. Have fun with it!"
Either you swear by it....or swear at it
Michael Kramer | Menominee, Mi. | 07/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this movie on a late night horror show called "Chiller Theater" when I was about 12 or so back in 82 or 83. I remembered clearly the one zombie with the sport-coat and tie and imposssibly big mustache climbing out of the grave, which gave me chills then..and still does. Heck, I didn't remember this being a dark comedy back then, but it sure is.
You can look at this movie in two different ways: one being it is a cheesey, low-budget, poorly done film. Or 2: A bunch of college kids, seriously inspired by George Romero, who took a shoe-string budget and a lot of imagination and delivered a truly bizarre horror classic.
Sure, the dialog is pathetic and the Ormsby is very annoying in the lead role..but that's how he's supposed to come off. It's a 70's film and nothing more or nothing less. It's fun to watch and , at times, scary along the way.
The transfer of the film to dvd is just plain lousy. I doubt if any big companies like Universal, Fox, or even Anchor Bay would buy this and digitally remaster it but, let's hope they do.
This little gem of a movie is a classic and should get the respect it deserves. The sound on the film is ok at best. The video is horrendous: lots of drop-outs, many artifacts, and it looks like they got the worst possible film stock to transfer from.
So, if you are a hard-core zombie fan..this one should not be missed. If you are in the market for an all-out scream fest, you won't find it here. This is the perfect Late, Late, Late Show movie. I give it an all out A."