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Devil Times Five (1974)

Leif Garrett , Sorrell Booke  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leif Garrett, Sorrell Booke, Gene Evans, Tierre Turner, Dawn Lyn
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEWHJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devil Times Five" on IMDb

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After their van overturns in the snowy Colorado mountains, five kids from a mental institution (including Leif Garrett) seek shelter at a fancy winter resort occupied by rich snob adults (Sorrell Booke, "Boss Hogg" from THE DUKES OF HAZZARD TV series). As it turns out, these kids are pure evil and plan to kill everyone in the house. Even when the adults discover the kids' true nature, it's too late...they're done for! The adults are murder in grisly, creative fashion. A relentlessly disturbing film. AKA: The Horrible House on the Hill, People Toys.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Code Red's DEVIL TIMES FIVE DVD November 25, 2006
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This is one of my pet favorite films and frankly I was surprised to learn that an actual DVD release was in the works. DEVIL TIMES FIVE is another one of those long lost home video era cult favorites due to what poor taste the film seems to revel in. People often sneer when reading the premise of the film -- especially at the presence of cultural punching bag Leif Garrett -- but once you have seen it you cannot help but be somewhat charmed by it's wickedness.

THE PLOT: Five little psychopathic monsters en-route to a state run mental hospital for the criminally insane survive a horrifying bus accident in the California mountains. The tykes make their way across the frozen winter countryside and take up residence in a resort home owned by a local hospital magnate. They then proceed to terrorize, torture and murder the six adults on-hand in a single minded game to collect "People Toys" for a life sized playset up in the loft bungalow of the chalet's caretaker. Creepy, innapropriately entertaining and surprisingly well made, this is a highly recommended shocker for fans of low budget 1970s American horror.

Code Red's DVD is made from a brand new direct to digital transfer from the original negatives, and for anyone who is used to the somewhat murky fullframe VHS prints will be a revelation during some of the darker passages: You can pretty much see everything now. While I am not a big fan of the digital coloring process used to simulate the DeLuxe color process used (including light-through projection: it just doesn't look the same, ever) and am concerned that the LBX cropping to 1:78:1 (anamorphic, 16x9) may have resulted in some loss of information at the top and bottom, it's still a fabulous little DVD version that should suit fans well, and hopefully make some new ones.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Here is a story of five stark raving mad children while on their way to a mental institute their bus crashes in the snowy mountains. The unaware three couples awaiting in a cabin that they thought was a vacation, have no idea what their in for when the satanic kids arrive. Of course the couples take in the ever so innocent little ones, and become the victims of a unknown evil.

Although the story starts out very slow, and the adult characters in the movie are over the top ignorant, and quite bad at acting, the children well make up for them in this film. They have a certain way of drawing the audience in, and scaring anyone who watches. You never find out why they are so crazy, which I guess is suppose to be meant for you to use your own imagination. It takes about an hour for anything really bad to happen, except for the killing of the mental institute employee. Once the brutal killings start they never let up. There are some unforgettable murder scenes,(like piranha's in the bathtub) that will leave you feeling like maybe you could pass on the idea of ever giving birth to demented little kids like these.

Even though Devil Times Five is not quite up there with movies like The Exorcist or Who Can Kill A Child, it still deserves to be in the horror collection. When evil corrupts innocence it becomes very scary indeed. Never underestimate the evil of a child or five. I recommend this for anyone who likes cult movies with children playing the villians. Is also a very low budget film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm funny in the head...and I make them nervous." January 3, 2007
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Despite the fact Devil Times Five (1974) aka The Horrible House on the Hill aka People Toys is an extremely inexpensive, independent feature comprised of footage shot during two, obviously separate shoots, and one that suffers from core issues, I still found it an ookie and entertaining nugget of exploitive horror that depicts what happens when five, young, homicidal sociopaths are accidentally released upon an unsuspecting public. Directed by Sean MacGregor (Gentle Savage), with additional scenes supplied by David Sheldon (Grizzly), the film features Taylor Lacher (Mr. Majestyk), Joan McCall (Grizzly), Carolyn Stellar (Cry Blood, Apache), and Gene Evans (Donovan's Brain). Also appearing is Sorrell `Boss Hogg' Booke ("The Dukes of Hazzard"), Shelley Morrison ("Will & Grace"), John Durren (The Gumball Rally), Gail Smale, Dawn `Dodie' Lyn ("My Three Sons"), Tierre Turner (Cornbread, Earl and Me), Tia Thompson, and 1970s child star Leif Garrett (Walking Tall Part II).

As the film opens we witness a number of things, the most substantial involving a boogie van with some children and a couple of adults careening off a snowy, California mountain road (the five children survive, while the adults, seemingly, aren't so lucky). After the accident the children wander through the snow and come upon a very large, isolated house owned by a self-made blowhard named Papa Doc (Evans), who happens to be vacationing with some family and business acquaintances.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars horrible Times Five
I was excited when I finally tracked down this film on DVD. It's from what I feel is horror's late age-- the mid seventies to early eighties-- and has the location shooting and low... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
2.0 out of 5 stars devil times five
It was a bit dated. Acting way below average. But the piranhas in the bath tub scene almost made it worth watching.
Published 10 months ago by daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had hoped it was more of a "The Children" feel to it, but it was predictable and typical of the American low budget horror films of the era. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hellena Heavenly
2.0 out of 5 stars Just an OK movie.
This was just a silly movie and there are plenty of others that are better.
I don't recommend you waste your time watching it.
Published 12 months ago by Brian Blakley
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
Talk about a lame movie. This is it. I really do not see why it is even on the playlist . Simple awful!
Published 13 months ago by Mingyon L. Blackwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this
Audio out of sync. Video quality was terrible. Stopped watching it after ten minutes. Couldn't tolerate it anymore. Good thing it was a free rental.
Published 13 months ago by jeremy tanner
1.0 out of 5 stars Streaming quality was really bad.
Saw this at the drive-in back in the day, wanted to check it out again - but the streaming picture was so bad and the sound was at least 2 full seconds out of sync - I just gave... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Mick
3.0 out of 5 stars falls short in the presentation, but some sick kids have fun in the...
Out in the California wilderness, a nun and four children from a mental institution, emerge from a horrific vehicular accident, and are taken in by a group staying at a remote... Read more
Published 13 months ago by trebe
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Bad, Bad
movie is definitely old, however I still wanted it to be good. I read the other reviews and unfortunately I agree with them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Victoria V. Lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars give me a hot break
Please tell me how talented people are overlooked?
Disgustingly stupid wasted effort once again..
Why amazon why waste your streaming power?
Published 14 months ago by Queen
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