Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Bob Clark’s 1972 film "Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things" is far from a classic, but I enjoyed it very much anyways. When put up against movies it’s similar to, such as, "Night of the Living Dead" and "Evil Dead" it falls terribly short. The movie has everything a classic B-movie should have: Horrible (I mean [**]ing HORRIBLE) acting, devil worshipping, homosexual gravediggers, and lots of zombies. But the dragging on of the plot, and the very little gore makes this movie fall short of being a real classic.
Alan (played by Alan Ormsby) is a leader/head director of a cult/group of friends that make movies. They’ve rode a boat to an island to make a horror movie. The island has everything you could need to make a great horror movie: a creepy foggy cemetery, a dark forest, and even an abandoned cabin. However, Alan is also a devil worshipper, and for some unknown reason decides to raise the dead in the cemetery. They dig up a corpse, named Orville, and begin to perform the ritual. However, the ritual does not work, an Alan become furious as his friends begin to make him look like a fool. Outraged, Alan takes the corpse back to the cabin to disrespect. He even marries the dead body (what the [**] is that all about?).
The actor who plays Alan is such a horrible actor it’s sickening. His long speeches go on forever and make the first hour of this movie very, very hard to sit through. However, it’s the girls in the film who are my favorite. Anya (played by Anya Ormsby) plays a psycho hippie who is obsessed with Orville, and has a premonition of the evil that is to come for disrespecting his body.
As you can guess, the dead do in fact rise (which is one of the best parts of the movie) and come after the teens. There are some pretty violent deaths, but no real gore is shown. The camera usually turns away right when they’re about to get killed, however there is a pretty creepy scene showing a female zombie eating one of the teenagers guts, but it hardly shows any real gore. The zombies are pretty cool, very old and decayed looking.
The reason why I enjoyed this movie was because of the great ending. But due to the fact that that is over an hour into the movie makes this movie far from a horror fans favorite. It’s a very painful sit through, but if you can it’s really great. I personally enjoyed this movie, but I know a lot of people really hate it. Recommended to Bob Clark fans as well as zombie movie fans! .
About Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
Starring: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin
Runtime: 91 minutes
Director: Bob Clark