Children of the Living Dead

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Children of the Living Dead
U.S. DVD Cover
Directed byTor Ramsey
Produced byKaren Lee Wolf
Written byKaren Lee Wolf
  • Tom Savini
  • Marty Schiff
  • Damien Luvara
  • Jamie McCoy
  • Sam Nicotero
Music byAlan Howarth
CinematographyBill Hinzman
Edited by
Distributed byLionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date
  • October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Children of the Living Dead is a 2001 American direct-to-video zombie film written by Karen L. Wolf, directed by Tor Ramsey, and executive produced by John A. Russo.


Serial murderer and rapist Abbott Hayes disappears from the morgue and becomes the leader of several waves of zombies that attack his home town. Fourteen years after the last zombie attack, a businessman relocates bodies from a local cemetery to pave the way for progress, but sets in motion Abbott's next undead assault.



The film received negative reviews from critics.[2] Russo called it the worst film that he had worked on, and said that he often tempted to resign from the production.[3] Savini has also been dismissive of the film; in an interview, he said that it was originally meant to be a serious horror film but turned out horrible.[4] Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Volume 2, academic Peter Dendle said, "Wretched and hopeless, this movie manages to be dismal, boring, and unnecessarily complicated, all at once."[1]


  1. ^ a b Dendle, Peter (2012). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Volume 2: 2000–2010. McFarland & Company. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-0-7864-6163-9.
  2. ^ Savitski, Joseph (2004-11-14). "Children of the Living Dead (2004) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  3. ^ Gammon, Dave (2012-05-02). "Interview: John Russo (Night of the Living Dead)". HorrorNews.Net. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  4. ^ Carr, Kevin (2003-07-29). "Tom Savini: A Real Sex Machine". Film Threat. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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