Devil Times Five
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Sadly the performances of the kids and the less than compelling gore fail to keep your attention. So many better kids who kill movies are out there.Published 1 month ago by KillWord
I like it ok ,I guess it wasn't my kind of scary movie. Somebody might like it better then me.Published 17 months ago by Darcy Drinkwine
This is a great obscure B horror movie it starts really campy but stick with the last 20 mins of the movie really creepy.Published 17 months ago by Bill Horn
Most of the time I can find one aspect of movie to shed light on positively, but this piece of film is just awful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joshua C.
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 morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Bartok Kinski
It was a bit dated. Acting way below average. But the piranhas in the bath tub scene almost made it worth watching.Published on December 20, 2013 by daniel
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 morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Hellena Heavenly
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.