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Beware! Children at Play

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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!

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

Product Details

  • 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
  • Studio: TROMA ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305058903
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beware! Children at Play" on IMDb

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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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WOW is what I remember saying the first time I watched this. It's a low budget "Troma" film that I felt like giving a view based on my horror film experience and was just too curious to check it out, glad I did.

I'm the type that finds humor in most anything and yea this film was a funny one to me but it was also one of the most viciously cold hearted films I had ever seen.

There are quite a few interesting parts throughout this film. I don't want to spoil the suprise but I just gotta tell you, if your a horror fan and you haven't seen this film?! Mandatory film to check out (Horror Fans).
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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. kid teaching other kids who to kill the grown ups. and the people all gathered together and shot all the children to end this killings.
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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 had an absolute BLAST filming this movie. It must have been like horror movie summer camp LOL. The story is awesome it's all of the outlandish fun tou would exoect from a Troma film. Its
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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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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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