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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!
Before we get into the review proper, let's give a bit of ackowledgement to the incredibly weird title of this film. What a disturbing, weird title, huh?
Okay, I saw this when I was a kid in the 70's. This is a zombie flick, a serious one. But you have to wait for a while to get to the zombies and then...well, then it gets pretty scary. It was a strange film for a kid to stay up and watch--it begins with about an hour of dialogue and creepy atmosphere, and no zombies. And most of the talky humor was really beyond a tyke's comprehension, so kids tended to sit there for the first sixty minutes or so, scratching their chins, understanding only vaguely that the acting troupe performing satanic rituals on the "burial island" (or whatever it is), is doing something monstrously, horribly WRONG. What they're doing is worse than devil-worship, in a way, actually; they're being generally disrespectful in a kind of place (a cemetery) that demands respect as a first requirement. They're...asking for it.
Why these people are so bizarre is anybody's guess. Why the crazed leader of the theatre group, Alan (Alan Ormsby), has chosen this place and these activities for a night of fun is never explored. These people all simply appear to be warped. And, in the tradition of E.C.Read more ›
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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Finally on blu ray. Looks great and glad to have it in my collection.Published 4 days ago by ALLAN KOSTYK
Ormsby gave us a Zombie flick like no other... mixing dark humor with sick and twisted gory moments. This is far more entertaining than that Zombie soap opera Walking Dead.Published 1 month ago by Keith D. Fotheringham
This is simply an amazing blu-ray release. It is so clean, colorful, and vivid, it was as if I was watching the movie for the very first time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert E. Rodden II
Classically done from the original I watch as a kid, it now done in blueray reception, enhancing the sharpness and brightness of the movie.Published 2 months ago by Ghost Dog
I had only seen this movie once in the early 80's. It brought back fond memories.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If I grew up with this movie I might like it..I grew up in eighties. I bought this for my collection and just thought it was boring, but!! I liked the ending... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark William Brown
This is 2016. Putting a product out that has voice and picture sync issues is not only lazy but shows truly what VCI is all about. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chucky B
They had every opportunity to have a great interview with Seth Sklarey aka Orville and they didn't! He's a very great guy with many recollections of filming "Children". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ronald S. Causey
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