Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

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For the episode of the television series Supernatural, see Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (Supernatural).
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
With dead things.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Bob Clark
Gary Goch
Peter James
Written by Bob Clark
Alan Ormsby
Starring Alan Ormsby
Valerie Mamches
Jeff Gillen
Anya Ormsby
Paul Cronin
Jane Daly
Roy Engleman
Robert Philip
Seth Sklarey
Music by Carl Zittrer
Cinematography Jack McGowan
Edited by Gary Goch
Release dates 1972
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (also known as Revenge of the Living Dead, Things From the Dead, and Zreaks) is a 1972 comedic horror film directed by Bob Clark. It later became a cult classic.[1] This low-budget zombie film is the third film of director Bob Clark, who later became famous for directing the films Black Christmas, A Christmas Story, and Porky's.[2] The film was shot in 14 days on a budget of $70,000. Clark employed some of his college friends on it. Encyclopedia of Horror concludes that given the budget and the number of personnel involved, the special effects by Alan Ormsby are "surprisingly effective".[3]

Plot[edit]

The story focuses on a theatre troupe, led by Alan (Alan Ormsby). He is a mean-spirited director, who travels with the others by boat to a small island for buried criminals to have a night of fun and games. Once on the island Alan tells his group—he calls them his "children"—numerous stories relating to the island's history and buried inhabitants. At midnight using a grimoire, Alan begins a séance to raise the dead after digging up the body of a man named Orville Dunworth (Seth Sklarey). Though the original intent of the ritual may have been solely as a joke, Alan appears disappointed that nothing happens.

Afterwards the party continues and Alan goes to extremes to degrade the actors, using the corpse of Orville for his own sick jokes. Then, however, animated by the fell ritual, the dead return to life and force the troupe to take refuge in the old house. Unfortunately for the group, the dead get their revenge, and in the movie's closing credits we see the group of corpses boarding Alan's boat with the lights of Miami in the background.

Cast[edit]

  • Alan Ormsby as Alan
  • Valerie Mamches as Val
  • Jeff Gillen as Jeff
  • Anya Ormsby as Anya
  • Paul Cronin as Paul
  • Jane Daly as Terry
  • Roy Engleman as Roy
  • Robert Philip as Emerson
  • Bruce Solomon as Winns
  • Alecs Baird as Caretaker
  • Seth Sklarey as Orville Dunworth

Production[edit]

Reception[edit]

According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things received generally mixed reviews, with 50% of critics giving the film a good review.

DVD release[edit]

Although previously available on VHS, a 35th anniversary special edition DVD was released in 2007 by VCI Entertainment. It features the uncut version of the film, a photo gallery, and a cast commentary. The same content was briefly made available on VHS through Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Remake[edit]

In November 2010 was confirmed that Gravesend Film Enterprises produce the remake, the film is set to begin with shootings in spring 2011.[4]

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