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Beware! Children at Play (1995)

Sunshine Barrett , Rick Bitzelberger  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sunshine Barrett, Rick Bitzelberger, Susan Chandler, Lauren Cloud, Lorna Courtney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305058903
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beware! Children at Play" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Ghastly introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
  • Horrific comments by director Mik Cribben
  • The first ever interactive tour of Troma Studios
  • Troma intelligence test
  • Ron Jeremy at play
  • Troma tromettes in action
  • Troma's edge TV
  • The Aroma du Troma

Editorial Reviews

It’s ten o’ clock, do you know who your children are slaughtering? God fearing parents are in a panic as their children mysteriously disappear! Little do they know that the only thing worse than their children disappearing would be them coming back! After the youngsters of Tromaville fall under the ruthless control of a cult leader, they turn on their parents with gruesome results. Cannibalism, Parenticide and heartstopping gore explode from the screen in a movie that dares you to breed! Don't miss the last ten gut-wrenching minutes, which have made Beware! Children at Play a modern day classic! This exclusive DVD release features a director’s commentary, introduction by Troma President and creator of the Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman, and it comes to you in an uncensored director’s cut! Beware, you may never look at your children the same way again!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!! Horrible filmmaking! January 1, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This little gem was apparently lensed independently and then picked upo by notorious shlock-pushers Troma for distribution. I can handle "Mother's Day" "Bloodsucking Freaks" and "Class of Nuke 'em High" from the boys of Troma, but this one takes a little more patience and stomach than I may have.
If you want poor acting, a horrible plot and even worse effects, I can't think of a better place to send you than BCAP. If any of these actors worked outside of this film (or maybe cable access) I'd be highly surprised. The plot and script was probably hatched between commercial breaks during Monday Night Football. The effects are weak even by Bollywood standards circa 1981.
IF you must know, the "film" follows the tale of a father and son who meet tragedy on a camp out. When the dad's ankle is snared in a bear trap and the son unable to retrieve help ( I thought he was pretty lame, even for an 8 year old) the near death father falls into dementia and encourages his son to cannabalize him for survival. Oh, all while the school teacher father is quoting Olde English or "Angel Accent" or Anglo Saxon lore . Naturally years later, the kid runs loose through the backwoods of the "New Jersey Bible Belt" (where?!?) terrorizing the God-fearing townfolk and kidnapping other kids for his flesh eating cult.
If you see BCAP, you will bear witness to some of the worst on-screen detecive work ever filmed as the "good guys" in the film attempt to find the culprit. Personally I don't think these pseudo-intellectual wannabe sleuthes couold solve the "Jumble" puzzle in the local newsrag, but painfully they work through the mystery and burn some valuable film time that could have been wasted on the bad effects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for "Tromans" looking to complete a collection October 10, 2006
The film is introduced by Llyod Kaufman as having a trailer deemed so controversial in it's depiction of children killing adults that it was booed at the Cannes Film Festival and half the audience walked out. That sounds like a bad joke I heard before. What does it take to offend a French person?...Or how many lightbulbs does it take to screw a French person?

The opening of the film is a father/son camping trip gone wrong. The father slowly dies after getting stuck in a bear trap and he tells his son to eat him spawning a cannibalistic cult of little children. And everything after this is screwier. The father was a professor that taught Anglo-Saxon poetry, or as the dimwit town sheriff affectionately refers to as "Angel Accent poetry", and this leads his son to believe that he, Glen Randell, is now "Grendel" from the poem "Beowulf". There are a variety of other bizarre explanations for the children's behavior in the convoluted plot involving the Sacrifice of Abraham's child to God amongst other things. Basically, the children disappear from the town, start a cult, hunt adults, and eat them. Sorry if this is confusing folks, but I watched the film and still don't get it. This is the most I could try to understand without falling asleep.

Unfortunately, as interesting as the premise sounds, the film is quite boring. It tried to be smart and I give it credit for that much. The SFX are good is some parts and bad in others. There are some scenes that try to make the mark, but fall short. One involves the young boy cutting open his father and eating his heart. At least I think that is what it was. The editing was strange and I am pretty sure it was not a real boy doing this for legal reasons. The stomach resembled an empty flap and a hand went in and pulled out a round, brown lump.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CHEESE HORROR AT ITS BEST! December 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
That's what I love about Troma movies, in fact, this was the first Troma movie I've ever seen. Yes, you WIMPS might find "Beware! Children at Play" boring, disgusting, and offensive but you people must learn to not take most movies seriously. With one of the BEST finales in cheesy horror history, I'm boosting the rating up a half a star and am hoping that a sequel will be made IMMEDIATELY! . ROCK ON! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Children of the Corn...wait June 4, 2008
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I love Troma movies, even though most of them are bad beyond belief. This movie is almost a direct rip off of Children of The Corn. However, you get more gore and bad acting with Troma. The kids are not as freaky as the Corn series. I must admit this movie was kept short but it felt like it dragged on way to long. The trailer might have got booed but it has all the good parts and is less then two minutes. The last ten minutes are the only reason to watch it, although thats not saying much. If you collect Troma films-then you have it but if your looking for a good horror film, look elsewhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is an insane movie. There is no doubt about this. My sicko friends love this, especially the ending. It has to do with a guy who grew up in the woods luring kids into a cannibalistic cult, where they sacrifice adults. It's stupid as all hell, but it's so much fun to watch. The ending is a laugh riot (though it probably shouldn't be) where all the adults band together and slaughter their own kids. It's gory, it's cheap, and it comes with a free spatula! Ok, it doesn't come with a free spatula (good marketing idea though), but I'm willing to forgive Troma because they've been so good to me all these years. To quote the movie, "Will you touch me now, Uncle, the way Grendel touched Mother?" Have fun kids!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The name says it all...
A MUST OWN if you love Troma movies or Campy horror movies. The child actors in this are great. If u take yourself out of the fulm gor a min, you realize all these kids myst have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonatar
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware children at play horror film.
Just if you do like gut wrenching film of this horror film with children who do go off and killing then you will enjoy of them killing anyone gets their way.
Published 14 months ago by Eric B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids Are The Worst Actors!...
BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY is an intentionally ridiculous film about cannibalistic, cultist kids on a killing spree. What more needs to be said? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars long live independent film making
Ok first off its troma entertainment. So you pretty much know what you are getting into bad acting cheesy effects but effective little plot if any so i say sit back spark a bowl... Read more
Published 20 months ago by josh420
5.0 out of 5 stars beware! children at play
it is about a town where a lot of murders are happening and can't figure out who is doing the killings. until one day when some one say that the children where doing the killings. Read more
Published 23 months ago by big guy
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better quality Troma films (that's not saying much)
Good movie if you like a lot of gratuitous violence including seeing kids get shot in the head. It was OK.
Published on August 14, 2012 by Steven J. Mcintosh
3.0 out of 5 stars diffrent
ok this is not to bad, creepy. if you listen to it you hear a lot of quotes from bewulf . but its good
Published on July 19, 2012 by zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest ending ever
I was only made aware of this one recently. Then it found it's way onto G4tv (well a scene from it) and now I'm sold on owning this. Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I haven't even watched it yet, but i'm sure its a good movie.
i liked toxic avenger, nuke em high, redneck zombies and so this movie will be the groos, crazy, and funny movie... Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Robert J. Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars Still controversial.
A superb film in the "mayhem in the backwoods" genre, but this time with a highly original plot and an intirely unexpected twist. Read more
Published on December 22, 2007 by Ton
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