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  • Actors: Alan Ormsby, Anya Ormsby, Valerie Mauches, Jane Daly, Jeffrey Gillen
  • Directors: Benjamin (Bob) Clark
  • Producers: Bob Clark, Gary Goch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0XTS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,875 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bizarre zombie horror about a troupe of travelling actors who indulge their disturbed leader Alan's (Alan Ormsby) whim to practice voodoo rituals on a dead body. After sneaking into a cemetery and performing the ritual, the other actors are relieved to discover that the whole thing was an elaborate prank. But when Alan starts acting even more bizarrely, digging up bodies and getting married to a corpse in a freakish ceremony, it turns out that the voodoo ritual was successful after all. Soon the forces of evil are causing the dead to rise from their graves, hungry for human flesh.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2008
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A great low (with a very small l) budget movie from the early 1970's genius, in my eyes anyway, Alan Ormsby; not forgetting, as I had, plenty assistance from director and co-writer Bob Clark (thanks Guy).
Ormsby co-wrote this and as it was his first movie he allowed himself to ham it up in the lead role as the leader of a gang who desecrate a graveyard to try and raise the dead. Having seemingly failed they take a corpse (Orville) into the caretakers house and proceed to assault it with low budget jokes that even Cannon and Ball have long since forgotten. You just know what is going to happen next, don't you?
Apart from Alan, looking like a prototype Johnny Depp with goatee beard there's a good performance by his wife Anya, as the wide-eyed Anya and from Jane Daly as Terry.
I have very fond memories of this movie and it was great to watch it again, it is like a cinematic version of Forrest J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, leaving no pun unturned. Don't watch this for earth shattering effects, watch it for sheer fun.
The extras are pretty light, filmography, FOH stills etc.
Alan Ormsby himself went on to bigger and better things as a writer but I'll always thank him for this little gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Meldrum VINE VOICE on 27 April 2010
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Low-budget 70s US horror, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Lemora, Death Bed, Messiah of Evil... and oh yes, Bob Clarke's `Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things' , a tour-de-force of dark humour and morbid atmospherics that for zombie fanatics seems to be the cinematic equivalent of Marmite. Detested by some, adored by others, I find myself firmly in the latter camp. And camp is indeed the word when it comes to the film's central figure Alan (Alan Ormsby, also the film's producer and writer), as monstrous and bitchy a protagonist as any horror flick has delivered unto we mere mortals. Alan is an ac-tor, luvvie, playwright and theatrical director with a very odd sense of humour. Blackmailing his theatrical troupe into journeying to a strange, spooky cemetery island to conduct a cod-occult ritual, Alan has in fact arranged for a pair of screaming pals to dress up as corpses and harangue his poor victims, for no readily apparent reason. However, after digging up a genuine (male) corpse, declaring it his bride and naming it Orville, Alan's ritual to reanimate the dead actually begins to work...

`Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things' is definitely an acquired taste, and won't be for all. On the debit side of its account are the clear lack of budget and the slow, sometimes excruciatingly protracted pacing of the first half of the film, which basically consists of Alan verbally abusing all the other actors (who come across as a whinging variation on the cast of `Scooby Doo', in a manner very similar to that employed by `The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.) Furthermore, the character of Alan is so clearly designed to evoke viewer hatred that many may find him far too irritating to spend so long in the company of until he faces the possibility of his comeuppance.
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By Mr NS Shark on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
I can see why most people don't like this one. If a movie doesn't have an explosion, a decapitation or a flash of cleavage every 15 seconds they lose interest, they tune out. If you are one of those people, stop reading this review right... now.
Have they gone?
Good, we can continue.
In terms of style (and i suppose content) the closest living relative to this movie is probably Evil Dead. Both have a sinister forest setting and both have goofy but likeable characters, wise-cracking their way through a fairly funny script. But the most striking similarity is in atmosphere.
Given the obvious lack of resources available while filming, the lighting in Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things seems to consist of one or two high watt lamps illuminating the cast as they wander around a graveyard at midnight. The result is eerily creepy and shadowy, in an EC Comics sort of way. (How anyone can think the film is too dark is beyond me. Waaayyyy beyond me).
Now, I'll admit there are 5-10 minutes in the middle of the film where you wish 'things' would hurry up. But once through that, its a romp all the way to the end. In fact, the last 5 minutes are as memorable as any i've seen in exploitation. The bit on the staircase is a jaw-dropper.
So, if you like low budget 70's horror, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things is an eye-popping technicolor frightfest with laughs. And zombies.
Some people think it's boring.
Those people just don't get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Alan (Alan Ormsby) leads a group of young adults/actors on a cemetery island. Here he has staged several scares for the group. As one thing leads to another, they dig up a remarkably preserved corpse (Seth Sklarey), play around with some spells etc. and the next thing you know a bunch of copses are doing "Thriller" all over them.

Great camp classic. Unfortunately the night scenes are fairly dark.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Jane Daley with party hats for much of the film.
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This is a slight rip off of Night Of The Living Dead but this little known horror comedy deserves to be seen nonetheless.
Its about a group trying to summon the dead on a little island,we see a build up of them digging up corpse and using it to summon up the rest of the corpses so they come alive but after much taunting and jokes their wish comes true in a quite chilling finale that scared me i can tell you.
As i said its a bit of spin on NOTLD but its a great little horror and the laughter stops when the dead rise from the grave and attack the group who are trying to hide in the house near by and i can tell you to this day not many last ten minutes top this for tension or make you unsettled it really is worth watching just for the finale.
Not the nicest group of characters but you still feel for them in the finale and even though there was no sequel it left a great last scene of what could of been a follow up.
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