Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things - 35th Anniversary Exhumed Edition
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CSPwDT is one of those rare horror films that is truly terrifying. I've often tried to pinpoint exactly what frightens me the most about this film: the atmospheric, creepy setting; a remote, island cemetery where tufts of mist sweep across an eerie graveyard, or the weird electronic synth music with shrills and screeches, and human moaning in the background, or the incredible 'revival of the dead scenes' with some of the most effective make-up ever committed to celluloid, or the wild cinematography and lighting, ...
It all works together to create, in my opinion, an impossible-to-forget masterpiece. Reportedly the film cost $70,000 to make in 1972, but it has more scares and is more effective than any recent big-budget horror film that I can remember. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Watch it tonight alone with the lights out!
The story's rough outline: Ambitious film director Alan Ormsby (the characters have the same names as the actors portraying them) has plans for his small film troupe. He doesn't respect them, but they are obviously the only actors he has encountered who are willing to tolerate his pompousity and his nastiness. This guy is a real turd, by any definition. If you look in Vincent Bugliosi's book about the Manson case, "Helter Skelter," there are pictures of Manson during his beatnik stage (the part where he's called a "changeling") which look alarmingly like Ormsby in this film. Alan is insulting, cocky, arrogant, pretentious, belittling, and verbally abusive. You could say he's a psychological bully. He takes his actors to some small burial island to perform a mock Satanic ritual, possibly to test the loyalty of these people, to see just how far they will go when he tells them to do something he knows they won't like.
There is a lot of dissention, as they really think this is a bad idea. And they were right. Unintended consequences happen in films of all types; it's a staple of all films, no matter what kind you like.Read more ›
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Had been looking for a remastered copy of this cult classic. And as usual, the gay couple have the best lines.Published 5 days ago by Marcia R. Stroup
Gave me the creeps and it's been a while since I've had that kind of scare. Damn.Published 13 days ago by Charles C. Christen
One of the most original early zombie movies ever! It was made in 1972, a few years after "Night of the Living Dead". Read morePublished 14 days ago by Leland
I first saw this movie as a triple feature in the early 1970's, along with "I drink your blood" and " I eat your skin".... Read morePublished 20 days ago by David M Grindstaff
Gift for my wife. This is one of her favorite movies. She is very pleased.Published 22 days ago by Christine Sanders
A gift for my spouse, kinda reminded me of old Elvira B movies. Pretty good acting cast. It was worth a great evening with my husband.Published 1 month ago by Millertyme
This may not be among the scariest zombie flicks but it ranks up there as one of my top all time favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert M. Remali
Greatest low-budget, cult zombie movie ever conceivable. You deserve to watch this movie, if not for the zombie-action, than for the endless, merciless tirades of the groups'... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B Robinson
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|This flick has the scariest scene EVER!!||
They drag that dead body (Orville?) around and 'humiliate' it. It is laying on the bed. Cut away. Cut back to the bed in the background and IT is sitting up on the edge of the bed.
It's been many years since I saw this on tape (1979?) yet that image is still the scariest moment on film to me.
Mar 21, 2009 by Gepetto 3D | See all 3 posts
|Has anyone,ever seen or even heard of this old "ghoulish"movie?!?||
Just taking a shot in the dark cause you said "TV movie", but it's not "Midnight Hour" is it? Don't know if that helps, thought I'd take a shot though.
Best of luck
Jan 17, 2008 by JBizzle | See all 5 posts
|Please help me remember what this wierd zombie movie was called||
I think it may be called "Hell of the Living Dead." Go to the Terror Trap web site (www.terrortrap.com - reviews database - T). It concerns a chemical plant on an island that has a spill and turns workers into zombies. I hope this is it. Good luck!! Reply if it is. I'd be curious...
Mar 11, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos | See all 5 posts