Gordon Thomas Frank | Alexandria, Virginia | 01/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It ain't Shakespeare, that's for sure. The only way to watch the piss-poor supposed re-mastering of The Children is Mystery Science Theater-style with a batch of mixed drinks and a group of friends who all share a fondness for bad cinema. The tacky late-70's/early-80's fashions are a hoot though...and a pregnant character huffing on a cigarette sent us into hysterics. This review is strictly for rental purchases only. Troma blatantly lied about the quality of this release and anyone foolish enough to purchase a copy after reading the last couple of reviews, deserves to lose their money."
So bad it's good!
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 05/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It may seem like a nice day for a group of kids on a school bus going home, unfortunately there is a radioactive fog created by a nuclear power plant that gets in the bus's way. It has a deadly side effect which involves changing the kids into deadly pale-faced atomic zombies with black finger nails and if they hug anyone they would literally fry them, the adults start to panic as they must battle these sinister kids into trying to find a way to stop them.
Entertaining and somewhat silly low budget Sci-fi/horror flick with an interesting plot and some shocks. The acting with some of the special effects are kind of bad but the film is a riot and easy to make fun of "MST3K"-style at home, this was one of the highest grossing movies in the summer of 1980! it was discontinued on video for 25 years and has been a hard-to-find flick until now as Troma has finally re-issued this movie on DVD.
The DVD has an ok if somewhat bad picture and sound quality but there's some good extra like audio commentary by writer and producer Carlton J. Albright, introduction by Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, Trailers to other Troma flicks, Tromadance short, interview with Carlton J. Albright, a featurette, and interview with Gil Roger and Patrica Albright.
Also recommended: "The Toxic Avenger", "Night of the Living Dead ( 1968 and 1990)", "The Crazies", "Beware! Children at Play", " Class of Nuke'Em High", " Dawn of the Dead ( 1978 and 2004)", " The Pit", "Children of the Corn", "Battle Royale", "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie", "Pet Semetary", "Bloody Birthday", "Sleepaway Camp", " Bio-Zombie", "28 Days Later", "Halloween", "Nightmare City ( a.k.a. City of the Walking Dead)", "The Stuff", "Return of the Living Dead Trilogy", "Final Destination", "C.H.U.D", "Slugs" and "It's Alive"."
Ridiculous Yet Fun
Jon | San Diego, California | 07/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You could call this film a guilty pleasure. The film is so bad it is rather watchable. A group of kids pass through a radiation leak while on their school bus and become mindless, black-fingernailed killers who burn their victims (mostly parents and family) upon embracing them. The townsfolk wander around wondering what the heck is going on. While the film as a whole is rather poorly made and acted, it should sustain interest. If you notice how much the music sounds like "Friday the 13th", you're right. This film has the same composer, not to mention the same director of photography."
Michelle Guerra | Austin, TX United States | 06/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film when I was a kid and have been looking for it for years! This is one of my absolute favorites, mostly because I still remember the twist at the end after all these years. This movie has got to come out on DVD, it's just too good! I've been telling friends about it for years but never knew the title. I just went on about "the fog and the kids and the black nails!""